creative gifts

Tutorial: Paint & Peel

Today we’re going to introduce you to one of our favorite, go-to painting tools: contact paper. We absolutely LOVE contact paper here at the Painted Plate, because it lets get creative and crafty with the designs we want to bring to life on our pottery. Plus, it is simple and easy to use! Nothing beats that combination. So…

C O N T A C T  P A P E R

The best way to describe contact paper is that it is a sticker you make for yourself. You can cut it out into any design you want and it’s great for keeping pieces of your pottery white and unpainted so you can go back and fill in the design later. It can even be used if you want a really dark background color, but also want to use lighter colors in your design. This tool is great for mugs, plates, bowls, and tiles. Let’s get started!

1: Find the piece of pottery you love and clean it with a damp sponge to give yourself a nice, clean painting surface. Doing this first gives the pottery some time to dry while you decide what design you want to paint. A dry surface means the contact paper will stick so much better.

2: Grab some contact paper from our supply drawers, a pair of scissors, and a pen. Take your time and decide what shapes or letters or pattern you want to paint. You can use any of our stencils, wood templates, or stamps so you don’t have to freehand something :)

3: Carefully draw/trace your design onto the contact paper and cut it out. Now you have your very own, handmade sticker! All you have to do is peel off the back of the sticker and carefully stick it onto your clean pottery surface.

4: Choose the color you like most and paint 4 solid coats onto your pottery. Use the blow dryer in between coats to speed up the drying time and make the coats nice and even.

5: After you’ve finished painting all 4 coats, it’s time to peel off the contact paper! Find a small pin in the supply drawers (or ask someone in a blue apron!), poke the pin into the center of the contact paper, and lift it away from the pottery. As you peel of the contact paper, you’ll uncover a nice white, unpainted surface.

6: When you’ve peeled off all the contact paper, you can use a toothpick or Q-tip to tidy up the edges in case a little paint seeped underneath the contact paper during painting.

And then you’re all finished! If you want, you can fill in the white space with another color using a fine tip brush or our paint pens, or you can leave it white. It’s all up to you as the artist :)

All you need to know about Olympia's one stop, paint until you drop, holiday fun shop!

This is our 18th year bringing holiday cheer to our wonderful friends and loyal customers. We love this time of year! We are blessed to see many familiar faces and to meet our new comers! The phone has been ringing off the hook and we are noticing a lot of the same questions being asked... 

1-Can I make a reservation??

YES, we accept reservations! If you are coming in and you would like a guaranteed spot, CALL US! (360) 705-2103. We are able to accompany most group sizes and we do our best to get all our painters in!

If our studio is packed and we have a walk in group, we will take your phone number, send you off to our favorite downtown stores to browse and give you a call the second we have a spot available for you!

We are available to host large groups during specific dates and times, call for deposit information (which goes towards the price of the pieces you paint. We only charge a studio rental fee if we are opening early or staying late for your group). The Painted Plate is the perfect place to throw a party... baby shower, office holiday party, birthday party or just a fun get together! Think of us when you think of parties! We are able to help you create a one of a kind memory with you and your friends!

2-How expensive is it??

We like to equate an experience at our studio with that of going out to a movie, or going bowling...except you wind up with a one of a kind piece of art to keep or give as a gift...! Our prices range from $6 up to $65.

Plates start at $14 and go up to $36, while a gorgeous large platter ranges from $30-$65, ornaments are $8 each or 4/ $30, our huge bulb ornaments are $12 each (perfect for handprints!), kids figurines/banks/boxes range from $10-$30, mugs go from $18-$26...we have a GIANT selection and we are constantly finding new fun items and design ideas! You really need to see our wall of pottery to grasp how many options there are available to choose from!

3-What are your hours??

We have new extended holiday hours Mon-Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri and Sat 10am-11pm and Sundays 11am-7pm.

4-Do you have food and drinks available?? 

We sell several delicious appetizer platters (from 4.50 - 6.50) and large party platter for $20. We have wonderful holiday beverages for sale, egg nog-chai, peppermint mochas, spiced apple cider, as well as an assortment of wine, hard cider and Stella Artois beer (all in the $3-$6 range).

5-How do kids parties work??

The cost for a kids party is based on the number of painters. We have several different options, the basics are $12/child or $15/child (party pricing is for groups of 8+ painters). The kids arrive and we usually allow a little time for them to all settle and chit chat. We then show them the awesome items they can choose from (animal figurines, mug, plate, bowl, ornaments, etc). Once the kids choose their items we give painting instructions and then set them loose on their art. Once they have finished we organize everything for you (even bag it all together for easy pick up), clean up and you are welcome to serve treats and open presents. We offer ice cream or Italian sodas for $2 per painter when you are doing one of the packages. We also serve kids appetizer group platters for $20 (serves up to 5). The pieces are ready to be picked up in 5 days! If a parent or sibling would like to paint during your party (and we have the space) they are welcome to paint anything in the store at 10% off!  

6-Not able to make it in before Christmas??

NO PROBLEM!! We sell Painted Plate gift certificates in any price increment you wish. These are able to be used just like cash in our store and make the PERFECT stocking stuffer!!! Buy a gift certificate for Mom to have a girls night out, for Dad to have a fun day out with his kids, for a special person who loves to be creative...and you are struggling to find the perfect gift for! The studio inspires the artist within each of us and EVERYONE can find something fun to paint. Our staff has an amazing amount of knowledge about pottery painting and we love to help our customers create one of a kind pieces.

7-How do I become a frequent painter member??

It is easy, just come in to paint and when you are filling out your paperwork, our staff will show you the simple process, register by phone number or email. We are able to send our VIP's special coupons and discounts. Every time you come in to paint, check into our system and on your 6th check-in you get to pick a free item to paint (we have a great selection of signature pieces to choose from).

8-What if I don't think I am an artist??

Do not underestimate the appeal of stripes and polka dots!! We have a bunch of fun techniques that ANYONE can use to wind up LOVING their pottery...Come check us out!! Ask about our addiction to contact paper stencils and the wonders of a white background!