I was recently inspired by postings on Pinterest using pointillism. I knew I wanted to do something using dots. Using Americana Gloss Enamels I painted on a glass plate I purchased from the dollar spot at Target. I actually painted on the bottom of the plate. I turned the plate over and placed it on a design I was going to loosely follow. Cleaning the glass off first with rubbing alcohol removed any markings or grease that might have lingered after washing. I started with a paintbrush making dots. I found the size was not uniform. Other items I used to make dots worked well: wooden end of the paintbrush, a sharpened pencil point, the erasure on the pencil. I think a q-tip would also work well but was too large for this particular project. Following the directions on the paint for drying time I then baked it in the oven. Instructions were also provided on the bottle.
Painting on the bottom of the plate made the decoration able to be in the area of food usage. By painting on the bottom of the plate it made the dots appear more professional and didn't show any of the variation in paint surface that was present. Once cured in the oven, the plate is now dish washer safe.
I am happy with the end result and I will venture into another project using pointillism in the future.
My daughters also decorate plates, they used markers and I will post that project soon.
Pointillism: is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat andPaul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term Pointillism was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation. Neo-impressionism and Divisionism are also terms used to describe this technique of painting called pointillism.
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