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Paint for Mom!

With Mother's Day only three weeks away, it's time to start planning and creating something special for the amazing mom in your life. And no one knows how to create one of a kind memories like The Painted Plate. We have everything you'll need, whether it's inspiration, tutorials, or custom made pottery, we can help you bring to life the perfect gift for your mom. Choose from mugs, plates, planters, vases, picture frames, and so much more!

Do you want to put handprints on a mug or plate? Let us know when you choose your pottery and we can help! We know all the tips and tricks to making a unique surprise for mom from the whole family.

Do you want to give your mom a painting experience? Something she can enjoy with her kids and friends? We have gift certificates just for you! Select any amount, and we'll give you a certificate that doesn't expire.

So join us at The Painted Plate! Give us a call at 360-705-2103 to make a reservation. We are open from Monday through Thursday from 11am-9pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am-11pm, and Sundays from 12pm-6pm. Let's paint for mom and make her day extra special.

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 :)

Take an Art Escape

With mid-winter break coming up, everyone needs a little escape from the craziness of schedules and school and unpredictable weather. Let Painted Plate be a warm and cozy place to enjoy an art escape!

We will be expanding the selection of our ever-popular Parent & Child Art Escape package especially for mid-winter break weekend. Yes, you heard right! More painting choices for your fun day out! You and your children can join us for a painting session, treats, and a yummy beverage. Take a couple of hours and get creative!

Choose two pieces and two treats and enjoy a two hour escape. The price is $30 for one adult and one child. Make it a family day out and add an extra $15 for each child.

So take a break and join us at Painted Plate for an artistic adventure! Give us a call at (360)705-2103 to reserve a space.

If you can’t make it into the store this weekend, be sure to make your way to us soon! Our Parent & Child Art Escape package will still be around, and spring is just around the corner. Come and paint the perfect piece for a new season.