Adult Coloring Book Turned Beautiful Plate!

Lisa Battisti
by Lisa Battisti
My daughter brought me all these coloring I decided to color.
Step 1 - Pick out a design

I like the rounded ones. This way you can do more with them. I found clear glass plates (with a few scratches) at the thrift store for $.20 each.
I used markers

You can also use colored pencils. The markers did run a little, but not too bad. Can you really notice?

I put a thin layer on the back of the plate. Then I stuck on the design. Once secure, I painted a layer on the paper.
Probably wouldn't use points again

The points on design were hard to keep down. Just kept using more MP.
I was bummed that there were some bubbles. I kept trying to flatten, but didn't want to rip the paper. I did poke a small pinhole in the big bubbles and tried to flatten. Not sure if that really did anything. Came back after it dried and it was completely flat!! Whoo hoo!! I put 2 coats on the back.

I let sit for a few days and then sprayed a thin coat of finish on it. Makes me feel like it's more protected.

Love it! I haven't put this out yet. I will tonight and see what the response is.

I was going to put my painted rocks on it...but then its hidden. So I'm not using the rocks on this plate, but I already have another idea :)
These were two other pics I did. I found nice frames at Goodwill for $2 each. Mats and all ;)
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  • Sherri Gale Rosen-Wolfe Sherri Gale Rosen-Wolfe on May 01, 2016
    How do you wash this? Is there something you could put on it to seal it so it is washable?

  • Laura Schwebke-Brenton Laura Schwebke-Brenton on Feb 27, 2017
    When you say back of plate, you mean the surface you'd normally eat on ? Would be cool to hang in a window or sit on window sill.

  • Jane Jane on Mar 29, 2019

    Love love the idea. I color to relieve stress and when my anxiety is through the roof. Will have to try this. Wonder, would a square plate with a smaller design work? Thank you for the share.

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  • Laura A Crawford Metz Laura A Crawford Metz on Oct 28, 2021

    I’ll be doing this for my mom’s pics that she colored. What an awesome idea 💡

  • Terra Moats Strait Terra Moats Strait on Dec 19, 2021

    My Mom is in a nursing home and she loves to do the sticker-by-number books (easier for her than coloring). I frame four in cheap frames and hang on her wall and then we switch them out every couple of weeks. It's a great way for everyone to see her beautiful work.