How to paint on porcelain with china paint

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How to paint on porcelain with china paint
Paint on porcelain without firing. (Ubrane/iStock/Getty Images)

Theoretically, you can paint on porcelain with acrylic or oil paint just fine. However, unless you fire the paint -- that is, heat it to a high temperature to set it -- then the paint will come off in anywhere from a few days to a few years. Firing paint sets it permanently. Today, you don't need access to a kiln to use china paint on porcelain. Pebeo makes the home-fireable Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Paint Markers and the Porcelaine 150 paint line. Marvy Uchida makes porcelain paint markers in the DecoColor line that require no firing; these colours may not last as long, but they're suitable for kids' crafts.

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Things you need

  • Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Paint Markers or DecoColor Markers
  • Porcelaine 150 Paint
  • Paper plate for paint
  • Red sable or squirrel hair brush, in size of choice
  • Porcelain object
  • Home oven
  • Water and mild liquid detergent, to clean brush

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  1. 1

    Decide on a design for your porcelain object.

  2. 2

    Use the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Paint Markers for transparent paint outlining of your design. These have a medium-width tip, so make sure you don't need a fine or wide tip. DecoColor markers come in opaque colours. If you're using DecoColors, paint the entire design.

  3. 3

    Use the Porcelaine 150 paint line for opaque or semi-transparent colours. Squirt the colour you will be using onto the paper plate, then dip the squirrel or sable brush into the paint. Apply the paint to the porcelain piece.

  4. 4

    If using DecoColor markers, skip this and the following steps. Otherwise, place the porcelain object in your home oven and set the oven to 149 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit). Do not preheat the oven. Leave the object in the oven at 149 degrees C (300 degrees Fahrenheit) for 30 minutes.

  5. 5

    Wash the brush, or brushes, with water and mild liquid detergent by rubbing the fibres between your fingers. Rinse with fresh water. Cool or warm water is fine. Allow the brushes to air-dry.

  6. 6

    Turn off the oven after 30 minutes. Leave the porcelain object in the oven for another 30 minutes to allow it to cool, then remove. The porcelain is now dishwasher-safe.

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