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Spring Break Escape

Spring break is in full swing over here at The Painted Plate! All week we’ve had parents and kids filling our store as they create fun spring-inspired projects to pass the time. If you don’t plan to get out of town this weekend, head downtown for a fun-filled day of painting and memory-making!

Just for you, we’ve expanded our Parent & Child Art Escape package selection. This is great way to surprise your kids with an afternoon of creativity. Each package comes with two pieces of pottery (one for you and one for your child) and two treats (we recommend our Olympic Mountain ice cream). And for only $30, you and your kids can take a break and start a new tradition of your own.

Have two kids? Or three? Or perhaps you want to bring their friends along? No worries! We can add another child onto the Art Escape package for only $15 per additional child!

So pick up the phone and make a reservation with us today! Let us know how many painters you’ll be bringing and what time works best for you. We are open from 11am-11pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 12pm-6pm on Sunday! Come on over and enjoy the painting experience with us.

Reach us at: 360-705-2103

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.