Sharpie Plates…does it work?

DIY Sharpie Plates

There is a trend going around Pinterest right now showing dozens of different projects involving Sharpies.  One of those projects is using a Sharpie to write on dinner ware, baking it in the oven, and then it is supposed to be permanently baked into the dishes.  As I was looking at some of these projects I noticed that so many people were getting different results.  I saw comments saying everything from “this was amazing, mine turned out so cute!” to “what a disappointment, it washed off after the first use.”  Well….I loved the idea (just think of all the possibilities!) so I decided to find out for myself if this project worked.  Since all you need is a Sharpie and some plates I figured it was a cheap enough project to give it a go and make my own sharpie plates.  So here is what I did, and my results.

These dishes were on clearance at Target so I snatched up these four plates with this exact craft in mind.  I washed them and let them dry completely before starting.

DIY Sharpie Plates

Using my Cricut I cut out the words EAT, BITE, YUM, and an apple shape and this time I didn’t use the letters but used the negative as a stencil.

DIY Sharpie PlatesAdd some tape and I was ready to stencil on the letters.  I did just the outline of the letters and then went back and colored them in.  If you can color inside the lines then you can do this project.

DIY Sharpie Plates

Here’s how they looked right before they went into the oven:

DIY Sharpie PlatesThe oven was preheated to 425 degrees and in they went for 30 minutes.  After a half hour I turned the oven off and let the plates cool down completely before removing them.  Here’s how they looked after baking:

DIY Sharpie PlatesPerfect!  So far, so good.  The next step was to see how they would hold up.  So first I gave them a gentle hand washing with some dish soap… still looked great.  So I was brave and ran them through the dishwasher.  How did they turn out?  Take a look:

DIY Sharpie PlatesThey still look great.  They didn’t fade at all, run, or smudge.  So does it work?  Well for me, YES!  It absolutely worked.  I don’t know why others were having a hard time but I followed these easy steps and ended up with adorable plates.

*Here’s a tip I learned trying this again with other plates/sharpies. I have not gotten any color sharpies to work. They all fade after one wash, so stick with black to be safe!*

DIY Sharpie Plates Sometimes crafts don’t work out, sometimes they do, sometimes it seems like they work for everyone but you.  (unintentional rhyme right there.)  This will be one that I’ll do again.  Give it a shot and let me know how it turns out for you!


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122 Responses to Sharpie Plates…does it work?

  1. Willa says:

    Love the black and white look and the simple design. Very cute and elegant at the same time. I just might have to give this a try!

  2. Angela R says:

    Wow! They came out fabulous, almost like you bought them just that way! I know now that you did that im gonna give it a try. Do you think any type of plate would do? Possibly even from the Dollar Store? And what if its a black plate and used maybe silver sharpie whats your thoughts on that one? Thx for the idea! Happy Easter!

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      I think Dollar Store plates would work just fine and are actually the perfect supply for a project like this. If it doesn’t work you won’t have spent a fortune, just a dollar! While I haven’t seen anyone use a silver sharpie I have seen them use colored ones and I bet it would be similar. Good luck and be sure to let me know if it turns out!

      • Maria says:

        It doesn’t work with colored ones :( after bak8ng then the colours turn all to brown-ish

        • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

          Yes, I’ve learned that colored sharpies don’t work very well either. My sister-in-law made us some adorable mugs with red and black and the red has evenutally washed off completely. The black is still looking good though!

        • Fiona Ingham says:

          I’ve used coloured sharpies that are oil based and they work well. Have made many of them and like glaze you just need to know the colours will dry perhaps a little differently according to use.
          I’ve read various reports re which types of sharpies to use. Some have had success with regular ones. Did you use regular sharpies?
          One article has suggested using mod Podge as a varnish, one which is dishwasher safe so as to seal the design and also not harmful to folks. Have bought it but not used yet.

    • Brandi says:

      I bought black plates from Dollar Tree and used Gold Metallic sharpie and it worked for me (I’m too scared to try the dishwasher though). Just know that Dollar Tree is stoneware, so I used directions I found online for stoneware.

      • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

        I used the dishwasher to test it, but now I pretty much just gently hand wash them too. I am sure that if I put them in the dishwasher again and again it would eventually wear off. I LOVE the idea of using metallic sharpies, I bet it turned out so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

      • Rachel says:

        What website did you use for baking the stoneware? I can’t find anything! :(

  3. This is soooo fantastic! I can’t wait to give it a try – I love to repurpose ANYTHING!!

  4. jenna says:

    These turned out so cute. I am defiantly going to have to try this out. I have been wanting to do this to the inside of a mug.

  5. Natalia says:

    What material are your plates made out of? China? Stoneware? I think that’s the biggest factor in whether or not the craft will work but no one ever says exactly what they use!

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      That is actually a really good point! My plates are porcelain (the white line of dishes from target) and that may be the exact reason they don’t work for some people. Thank you for pointing that out!

      • Esther says:

        I was excited about using sharpies on my porcelain plates too. I left them to dry 24hr after I’d drawn them and then baked them 150* for 30mins like all the instructions seem to say. They looked great but then I handwashed them to make sure and the pen was scratching off. Not really badly but still obvious lines. Then I did them gently with a tea towel… And even more scratches to the artwork. :-( so disappointed as I had people who wanted to order some too. What do you think I did wrong? X

        • Patricia says:

          I think your your baking temps (although its what the directions called for) were too cool to set the marker.

          She preheated at 425 and baked for 30 minutes. Then cooled completely before touching them.
          425 is a HUGE difference to 150 and I truly believe that’s where the issue arises is the heat set failure.

          My humble opinion as an artist.

          • Fiona says:

            I’ve used coloured sharpies that are oil based and they work well. Have made many of them and like glaze you just need to know the colours will dry perhaps a little differently according to use.
            I’ve read various reports re which types of sharpies to use. Some have had success with regular ones. Did you use regular sharpies?
            I also agree with Patricia that 150 is too low to set the marker. I have tried different temperatures and times to see what works best on my plates/bowls. And I mostly buy in from Ikea. All has worked well apart from one item. Am working on that one as to why.
            One article has suggested using mod Podge as a varnish, one which is dishwasher safe so as to seal the design and also not harmful to folks. Have bought it but not used yet.

          • Mandy says:

            Yeah but is 350 an Australian oven.
            I put my first attempted in for 250 and it started burning and the pictures just turned brown and all washed off anyway
            Would foil over the top help?

        • Mandy says:

          The same happened with mine. I recoloured it. Found a site that says baking Twice helps, then I’m going to just use mod podge sealer and fingers crossed.
          The plates I’m working on at the moment aren’t being used. They are more decoration.

  6. keri says:

    I have tried it with the same type of white mugs, washed, dried, wrote, baked and cooled just like you…. I wrote with a sharpie all over it “love notes” for my husband and gave it to him for valentines day…. one time through the dishwasher and it was more than half gone…..Glad to hear it worked for you! :(

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      Sad! It is so weird how so many people have different results. I’ve even washed mine a couple of times and they are still going strong. Sorry it didn’t work for you!

  7. crystal says:

    Hi I was wondering did you use a certain type of sharpie or just regular ones?

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      Hi Crystal!

      I used the regular Sharpie, nothing fancy. I did use porcelain plates and I don’t know if that made a difference but I thought I would pass it along. Good luck!

  8. hayley thomas says:

    I guess these are safe to eat off of using Sharpie marker?

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      I did a little research and everything I found said that sharpies are not toxic (though I don’t recommend going out and eating sharpies!) so I figured it would be safe to use on plates that I don’t plan on using every day. If you are worried about eating off of them you could always use the same technique on the outside of a mug or bowl. Then the marker won’t come in contact with the food. Hope that helps!

  9. Kristen says:

    It’s been a couple of months ~ are your plates still going strong?

  10. Ki says:

    I tried this out, and it faded VERRRRRY fast. Maybe the type of plate makes a difference? What type of plate did you happen to use?

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      I used porcelain plates, and I don’t know if that makes a difference but it might. I know some people have used ceramic and it wiped right off.

  11. Kristen says:

    Tried this with Ikea 365 cups that are made out of porcelain and it did not work. Most of the ink washed off under running warm water and the remaining came off with a sponge and dishsoap. I’m wondering if the trick is in the cooling process?? The only thing I did not do that the poster did was to allow them to cool completely before taking out of the oven.

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      That might be it, I’m not really sure. I even know some bloggers let them cool and dry overnight. It is so weird how it is hit and miss for so many people! Hopefully you can just enjoy your new white cups now!

  12. Megan says:

    Sharpie has a Rub-A-Dub marker out which is water/wash proof for marking clothes – wonder if that would help some peoples results.

    I also noticed that you cooked your plates at a high temp then what I have read on other blogs; along with cooling in the oven! With those two factors and a little luck I think your plates came out great!

  13. Brooks Carroll says:

    I tried it before and on time through the wash most of it was gone! And I still used permanent marker. But I’m going to try to do it with black because I used multiple colors to make my house look more fun.

  14. Amberlee says:

    I’m getting married in September and have been trying to find gifts for my wedding party. I wanted to get them the same thing, but still have it be different. Originally, I thought about charm bracelets. But my maid of honor HATES charm bracelets. So I’m walking through Target yesterday, and I’m looking at the plates, and somebody had put a pack of sharpies next to the plates and BAM! it hit me! So I got 6 plates and the sharpies. I then went home, and wrote letters to my bridal party on the plates. Thanking them for being a part of my day and telling them how much they mean to me. Now, they all have the same gift, but with personalized letters on them! <3

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      I love that idea Amberlee! I hope it works out for you and that your bridesmaids enjoy the gift. Congratulations on your wedding and I wish you the best of everything!!!

  15. Taren says:

    Hi! Your designs are so cute!! I have some plates from the dollar store that I’d love to use for this craft, but the label says to not use them in the oven. I’m curious if the plates you used were oven safe or not. Mine are porcelien like yours, but I worry about the “do not use” in the oven sticker…..Did your plates have a similar sticker/warning?

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      Mine didn’t have that warning, so I’m not too sure what to do. You can try it, but I’d hate for your plates to crack. Sorry I’m not much help! :(

    • Sarah says:

      Hey Taren,

      From what I remember about working with porcelain, you should be able to put it in the oven -think of it like an extra glaze firing. I would put your crockery in the oven cold, then switch the oven on and allow the porcelain to cool completely to not heat shock it

  16. Rochelle says:

    Love your plates! However, I did a birthday design with red, blue and green sharpies and after about 20 min in the oven, I peeked at them and the colors had faded horribly! It looks awful. The red is now an ugly orange and the other two are a faded brown:( So maybe colored sharpies won’t work? I previously baked them for only 5 min (per another instructable) and the design washed off way too fast, so I decided to try this. Oh well! Dollar store plates!

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      Oh man, that stinks! This is why I highly recommend Dollar Store plates! You aren’t out much money and hey, you still have some new plates!

    • Kathy Wright says:

      I used dollar store colored plates and the kids used black sharpie pens and not a problem at all look the same as day they were done!

    • Mandy says:

      I found that with my first attempt. I put them in at 250 degrees for 25 minutes until it started to burn. The colours turned brown and faded and all washed off.
      I was told an Australian oven is different to the American ones so I put my second on in for 175 degrees for 30 minutes this has come out heaps better and only 1 colour faded. Orange.
      So I have gone over it again and will bake again and then I’m trying to find acrylic sealing spray.
      The plates I’m doing at the moment are for decoration and not using so I’m hoping it’ll go good.
      Its interesting how many different instructions I’ve found though

  17. April says:

    I decided to do this in anticipation for a Christmas gift. I had the same problem. I used colors and some of them completely faded! Green stayed just fine, orange turned to almost red which is fine, but yellow and blue and basically like a cream color now. Also I used a purple and pink and those colors faded significantly too! Bummer….must be something with the heat and the type of color being used.

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      I haven’t tried any colors yet, but that’s good to know that some of them didn’t work very well. Thanks for passing along your findings, sorry it didn’t turn out quite as well for you!

  18. Sal says:

    Was the 425 degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius ?

  19. Morgan says:

    Thank you for this! Looked everywhere to see if this actually worked. I will use Porcelain as well! Just to be safe! :)

  20. Hannah Cook says:

    I’ve tried this and I’ve had fading with colors, but black does fine! My question is on stencils, how do you trace it with out it bleeding under the stencil…. That’s been my problem how can I fix it

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      Hi Hannah,

      One tip would be to draw just inside of the stencil so that it doesn’t bleed under. Then if the lines are just a little blurred you could clean up the edges with your sharpie after. Hope this helps!

  21. jettabees says:

    I tried yellow sharpie, it turned brown. All the other colors worked well with some fading but the colors did not change like yellow.

    • Morgan says:

      I noticed that too. When I had done mine I had used NEON sharpies and after they baked, they looked like pastel colors. Pretty cool. But yes, my yellow turned a light brown also. I was a little shocked.

  22. Cat says:

    What type of sharpie’s did you use? I’ve found there are so many different types, and some are extremely overpriced (oil based paint markers). I’ve also read about Rub-A-Dub sharpies… would these work? They claim to never wash out of fabrics, so would it be the same on Dollarama plates?
    Other than that, everybody on my Christmas list is totally getting a cute personalized mug! :)

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      I just used regular Sharpies but there have been some other suggestions from readers to use oil base markers. Or they do make markers specifically for porcelain projects that you can find at most craft stores! Good luck!

  23. Shanna Thompson says:

    Ive read that oil based sharpies work better cause they are made for glass and resemble paint.

  24. Kristen Crawford says:

    Late Response! Lol. Sorry! But, was your oven a gas or electric oven??
    It might not even matter but just in case!

  25. Sandy says:

    When my daughter was in kindergarten and first grade, they did this at school for a gift for parents for Christmas. It was done on a melmac plate. Kids drew Xmas picture on plate and they were sent to be preserved. I’m sure they were baked. I’ve never used them to eat off but hung on the wall during the holidays. This was more than 25 years ago.
    I found a melamine square plate at Target tonight and was going to try it with that. Will have to check and see if it can be put in the over. One place I read they didn’t bake too long.

  26. Jaqui says:

    Hi! I was just curious, did you put the dishes directly onto the racks inside the oven or did you put them on a cookie sheet first? No one has specified that yet… This is a WONDERFUL idea by the way! LOVE IT!

  27. Dea says:

    What about using white Correll dishware? I have most of an old set of all white dishes, and the mugs would be perfect for this project if it would work. These are made by Corning, and are ovenproof.

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      I don’t know specifically how those would work, but if you aren’t afraid to try it then I would suggest doing just one piece and seeing how it holds up. If it doesn’t work then you won’t have lost the whole set and if it does work then you can safely do the rest!

  28. jessi says:

    I picked up a couple porcelin pens at my local craft store and will be picking up mugs and plates at the dollar store. Ill let you know how they turned out

  29. Ibadat says:

    Would it be okay to use any sort of marker? :) I love how yours turned out!

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      I’ve only ever seen the project done with Sharpies, so I don’t know how any other marker would work. Sorry, I have no advice on that one! But if you do experiment be sure to let us know how it turns out!

  30. Kellie Anderson says:

    The Sharpies need to be oil based. You can get a fifteen color set at TKB Trading for about $35.00. They sell through Amazon.

  31. burlap+blue says:

    LOVE this! I’m hosting a Sharpie crafts link party on my blog this week, and I’d love it if you wanted to link up! Favorites will be featured in a compilation post next week, & we’re giving away a $50 Target GC and Sharpie prize pack!

  32. shellie says:

    I didn’t have any luck with this. I read probably 10 different sites, even one that had compiled a long list of people who told of their own trials and errors. I gathered that the cheaper the plate the better. The lower quality plate is likely to have a poor quality glaze that allows the Sharpie to bake in. I put mine in a cold oven and baked at 450 for 40 min and turned off the oven and left it over night. This morning I checked it and it had turned the pretty blue Sharpie into a forest green shade and still washed right off. So disappointed. I really wanted this to work. I was so looking forward to all the possibilities.

    • Patricia says:

      I don’t know if this will help or not. But I had to try this myself.
      Had a birthday present to make in 24 hours and I wanted this to ‘be’ that present. The clock was ticking.

      I had a stoneware plate just purchased from Target. (in the 3 dollar range. White, round. Nothing fancy.) But the fact that it was stoneware and not porcelain may have bearing on the fact that this ‘did’ work. Idk.

      I used regular sharpies, in fact I had discount barrel ones the fine points from the art store that I use for drawing technical sketches. (I hate spending big bucks on ink cleaning out my expensive German technical pens.) Disposable sharpies costs SOOO much less and brings me the same results. I chose Black and teal as my main colors and for my vining around the edge of the plate…..I used a forest green and brown. It turned out fairly nice, although I knew going in that the oven ‘would’ bake the colors out a bit….so I knew I was gambling. The teal wasn’t as bright….but it still looked decent.

      Actually baked it in our convection oven so as not to heat our entire house up. 425 degrees right on the rack….for 30 minutes….. and I let the oven cool before I touched it. (which takes a couple hours)

      Done…… and done. It came out beautifully. Bake in like flint. I tried scratching it off…..even took a fork (thinking now rather than embarrassment later…) and gave it some umm mph. Nothing. It held up!!!! I was VERY pleased with the results.

      So my recommendations. Stoneware plate. Simple sharpies. simple oven….At least 425 for around 30 min. Let cool. And see what you have.
      Don’t over think it gals. Have some fun!!!!!

  33. KR says:

    I truly hope most of you realize that even though sharpies are non-toxic, it does not necessarily mean that they are food safe. The sharpie pens you use for this sort of project are the equivalent to PBO pens, better known as porcelain writers which are also non-toxic; but you’re highly advised not eat off a surface that has used this sort of pen. May be consider asking a doctor their opinion. It’s great if you are using this for decorative purposes. Also, over time it will wash off, gentle washes are ideal.

  34. Judy B. says:

    Has anyone tried plastic plates? My daughter has been married 20 years and still has the ones (faded over time to be sure, but not terrible) friends and relatives made for her bridal shower.

  35. Lorrie says:

    This is what Sharpie Marker says on its own website:
    While Sharpie markers are AP-certified non-toxic, we do not recommend using them on areas of items that may come in contact with food or the mouth (such as the rim of a coffee cup). Sharpie markers are only recommended for use on ceramic or glassware when the product is being used for decorative or display purposes and not intended to come in contact with food or the mouth. If you intend to design a mug or a cupusing Sharpie markers and then use the mug or cup, any such designs must be at least one inch below the rim where a person’s lips could touch.

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      Good to know, thanks for passing along the info. As always I recommend everyone use their best judgement!

  36. Jennifer says:

    I just made these plates with kids I babysit for a Fathers Day gift. Very disappointed :( I Baked at 350degrees for 30mins, took out of the oven to cool (as I read on other websites) and when they were cool, I touched the “colors” and they came right off! Now, what am I going to do?? UGH

    • Mor says:

      It really depends in which dishes you used this project will only work on dishes that are not made high quality ! If The laka on the plats is quality one it will not work cuz the pigments of the color wount sink to it. It’s best to use cheap dishes from the dollar store. Another important step is to not remove or touch the dishes before completely cool of with the oven, only then remove. Give it another try with the cheap ones it will work beautifully u have my word.

    • Morgan says:

      Try again! Wash, dry and re draw. Put in oven before preheating. Try 425 this time. Wait til the oven has completely cooled down to take them out. The sharpie wont last forever though. Just through about 5-10 washes.

  37. Jennifer says:

    I will try again…the kids had fun with it. I did worn the parents 7 the kids, if everything comes off, don’t get upset, we will do again!! Thanks for the advise ladies.

  38. Christine says:

    I tried this project for Father’s day. The kids make a “grilled by dad” meat platter. I have gotten so-so results. I purchased a fiesta wear platter (white) and hoped for the best. I used colored and black sharpies. The colors were terrible. They faded horribly then just washed off (after 45 min in 450 degree oven). Not sure why black worked so much better? Anyway, the plate is adorable and I have now scrubbed off all the color and went over the design with just black. I am baking again…hopefully this time for good. So, love this idea, but be weary.

  39. Liz says:

    I’ve tried this on mugs and it didn’t work at all, but I’m going to try again with plates for work as decorations. I figured it didn’t matter as much since we’re not using them to eat off of, but has anyone tried stoneware plates? they have them in bulk at the dollar store and I need to make 32 of them, but i’m afraid of buying them all and doing them and it not working. Can you bake stoneware plates??

    • Morgan says:

      Try a higher temp-maybe 425??. Make sure also to put the dishes in before the preheating and to not remove them until the oven is completely cooled. Also-just know that the sharpie wont last forever. Just through about 5-10 washes.. Hope yours turn out nice! I made everyone in my family and hubbys family a mug and they turn out nice!! Mix and match LOTS of colors!! Mine were super cute!

  40. Stacy P says:

    Can you use any sharpie, or does it have to be an oil based sharpie. I seen most of them use an oil based sharpie. Have you tried both ? And if so, do they both work, or one better than the other ? Thank you.

  41. HeidiSue says:

    I want to decorate on porcelain ornaments. They actually smear as I’m holding them to draw…I’ll have to try baking them and see if it goes permanent

  42. stacy says:

    HELP ! Some of my colors turnes dark …. What happened ? I did use oil.based sharpies….I’m so bummed ????????

  43. Tiffany Suggs says:

    Did this for our Primary activity today. kids loved it. Baking worked ok, but colors did change a bit. Had Sharpies and Bic Mark-it, permanent pens. The Bic colors stayed truer than the Sharpie, i.e. royal blue turned steel grey on the Sharpie pens. just an FYI. would do it again.

  44. Courtney says:

    I wanted to mention that working in a dental lab fabricating porcelain crowns I know that porcelain is glazed in the oven at high temp. This project works with porcelain plates BC when you put it in the oven to bake it is done so at a temp just high enough to “melt” the glaze enough to absorb the sharpie and then as you let it cool the glaze rehardens on it. This is why this only works on porcelain plates baked at the “right” temp…. Temp will vary based on plate. For example if plate says “oven safe up to ____°” then baking it at any temp cooler will result in failed project… Also not letting it cool with your oven will likely cause it to fracture… And of course if its not a glazed porcelain it will likely fail as well. Hope this helps. We are attempting our plates now.

    • jjenni says:

      Now that’s an intelligent answer I can bite into!
      Thank you for spreading your knowledge.

      • Patricia says:

        And at high temps porcelain can “shatter” in that oven.
        Considering that so many of you have said on here you are attempting this project with children in tow……please, take notice and for the third time I think this has been mentioned now…..GET STONEWARE PIECES to draw on.

        They are inexpensive.

        The larger porous nature of the stoneware finish will accept the marker…..and at temps of 425 for as little as 30 minutes…..then cooled down properly…… It WILL SET.

        I promise you.

        As an artist……I field-tested this theory just last week and it WORKED.

  45. Suzie says:

    Just did this with the oldest 3 kids I do child care for, for their moms for Mother’s Day. Colors changed but moms LOVED them anyhow. I don’t know if they plan to use them or not but I did say I wasn’t sure about washing them.

  46. Darrell Parker says:

    The biggest reason to allow them to cool before handling them is moisture.

    Being a firefighter, I can tell you that in a house fire, one of the most dangerous appliances in the house is the toilet! Rapid cooling or heating will make the glazing separate from the raw porcelain or ceramic. They will shoot shards of material out at you and the pieces are very hot and sharp. If cooking these above 350, always let them cool before opening the oven if for nothing else than the safety aspect.

    I have a question though. What is a good baked on glazing material that can be applied over the design then baked to seal it? I think this would solve the issue of it working on some and not on others.

  47. Tammy says:

    Also people seemed to have different experiences with washing the product…. Do you think the type of water in the dishwasher along with the different types of washing soaps could be contributing to the different results? We
    have hard water where we live and we find we have issues with some of the dishwasher soaps.

  48. Ann Woodruff says:

    Going to give this a try. Hopefully i can fond soup bowls.

  49. Lydia says:

    Has anyone tested if the plates can later (post-successful bake and use) go in a microwave? I want to do designs with my silver, gold and bronze colours but just worried that I won’t be able to put any plates in the microwave should I need to…?

  50. Carol says:

    Did you use regular Sharpies, or oil-based?

  51. Cindy Sleeper says:

    I was wanting to do Christmas plates. I have white china plates to use. I was going to use a coloring Christmas sheet to do my outline with a black sharpie marker, bake it off. After cooling, was going to paint with crafting pens the areas that I wanted to color and bake again. What do you think?

  52. Kim says:

    i bought plates at Michael’s, just for this, and I am going to try a combo of the paint and sharpie. I’ll let you know how it works!

  53. lisa says:

    The type of plate might make a difference But the type of dishwasher detergent most likely is the desiding factor if hand washing works fine there is No reason for the dishwasher to be more harsh in fact its usually gentler(as long as there are no abrasive ingredients in the soap)…. if you just use water. GIVE IT A GO WITH PLAIN WATER!

  54. Mitzi Mickelsen says:

    I did this with dollar store plates. They were adorable!! BUT they washed off in the dishwasher, by hand,…..wondering about the glaze on the plates. Is there a plate that isn’t glass and doesn’t have a glaze already on the plate? Thanks for any ideas. The kids loved them and are so disappointed now!

    • Brie @Darling Doodles says:

      Did you use color sharpies or black? We had someone give us a set of mugs for Christmas that had black and red writing on them. When I washed the mugs the black writing stayed on perfectly but the red came off. I’m wondering if that will make a difference!

  55. Susan says:

    My family just did this on a Dollar Tree plate with Dollar Tree permanent markers. We all wrote/drew something for a family member (4 yr old) moving across the country. It was adorable until it came out of the oven. All the colors faded! The black faded slightly but all other colors look light grey.

  56. Jess says:

    Do you think I could try this on mugs?

  57. Rachel says:

    I read it has to be an oil based sharpie… Not sure if true but figured I’d share

  58. Barbbajean says:

    Does anyone know if you can do this on a baking dish and it still be oven safe?

  59. Emma Davyes says:

    are you using farenheit or celcius?

  60. Gary says:

    We are trying this with Dollar Tree white dishes as we speak as Christmas gifts. We turned the oven off about 30 minutes ago, and we have decided to double bake them here in about 2 hours and let them sit in the oven overnight. We do not even plan on opening the oven until tomorrow morning after they have completely cooled naturally. We are using 8/12 colors of the name brand Sharpies and a single saucer, a soup mug and a coffee mug. Wish us luck!!

  61. Debbie says:

    425 was way too hot my plate burned

  62. Michele says:

    I used an oil-based marker. I was able to pick up one at Michael’s for a reasonable price. It was specifically designed to work on ceramics, etc.

    I wouldn’t use porcelain because it’s actually a glass-like form of ceramic, making it impermeable. So your marker fluid will sit on the surface rather than sink in. I would try to get a more porous type of ceramic for the job. That may be why porcelain is failing in this project for so many people. I would check the sticker on the back of the object to see what it’s made of (or look it up on the manufacturer’s website, perhaps), and then research that material to see if it’s permeable or impermeable.

    I also let mine sit for 24 hours before “firing” in a 425° F oven. In addition to this, I allowed the item to warm up and cool down with the oven, rather than putting it right into or taking it right out of a hot oven. Even if mine is dishwasher safe, I’d only hand-wash it gently. Mine came out with a few light, translucent smears of paint, but the writing was completely intact.

    Colors can darken when you “fire” your project.

  63. sue says:

    We used oil based sharpies and baked them in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees because smoke was coming out of the oven. once the smoke disappeared, we tried them again. the same thing happened. the bowls went in the oven when it at normal temp, baked and stayed in the oven until it was completely cool. (the bowls have smoke marks on them, which wipes off with a Mr. clean eraser.) The colors remained the same but some did run. has this happened to anyone else? and why it would do this because my oven is very clean.

  64. Robin Lloyd says:

    I believe that I have solved the issue on why color holds or doesn’t on the dishes. I’ve been a potter for 46 year. Every studio uses clay that can have minuet chemical variations, even from batch to batch. Even commercial formulas come be a few grams off on an ingredient, which can greatly affect the way a glaze behaves. They must fit, or have the same amount of shrinkage in both the clay & glaze. The glaze body can really affect the way additional colors layer or float on the surface.
    For best results when china painting is to layer colors, refiring with each additional color applications. Also the most difficult color to obtain is any form of red. There are very few formulas that will produce a true red on ceramics, they almost always turn some form of muddy brown. Products that will produce true red, are mostly obtained by specific glaze formulas from China & Japan, they are also a mid to high range fire colors, those above 1850*. The best life ranges I have found are pieces baked at 450* for 4 hours. This will totally set the color, producing a longer life to the finish. Since i began playing with this concept, my results have been better every time I’ve made a new gift. Hope this settles the question. I am sure of my results, & believe others will be happier with the finished product.

  65. Diane says:

    I.’m planning on personalizing a ceramic casserole dish for a friend using a Sharpie oil based marker. After reading all the comments I know I have to do the writing on the outside so no food touches it. Now I’m wondering what will happen when the dish is put in the oven many times. Will it effect the Sharpie writing

  66. Lady Lucas says:

    I tried out your method and it worked well. Thank you!

    The only thing I would add is that I drew with Sharpie on the bottom of the dish – and then had to ‘reheat’ the item on the other side for another 20 minutes. The dish is for jewelry, so there will be no heavy washing… ;)

    Thank you again for this post!!

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