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I intend to upload a number of pictures today of dishes members of our family have painted. We are using a combination of Delta iridescent and opaque PermEnamel paint. The effect is really beautiful, with colors shimmering and shifting as the light changes. Unfortunately, it is difficult to catch in pictures. We purchase the platter ($4.50), dinner ($1.50) and salad/dessert ($1.00) size clear glass dishes at Walmart. We draw the outlines with black Glaze Jelly Roll Pens on the back of the plate (the side that does not come in contact with food). We paint highlights with the transparent iridescent paint first, and then once it dries, we paint over it with opaque colors (paint the more intricate details first and then the broader colors afterward, remembering that the first painted layers will show up over what is painted behind it when looking from the front/unpainted side of the dish). We are also using Krylon Metallic gold leaf and copper leaf pens for details in the cross. The Delta paint set provides a clear protective glaze to paint on after we are finished with the colors. We are also spraying the backside (painted) part of the dishes with Krylon Triple Thick Crystal Glaze (available at Walmart and elsewhere) to further protect it. To learn about what we are doing, look at the post below: Biblical Fruit Dish.

Large biblical fruit platter (olives, almonds, wheat, figs, dates, pomegranates, grapes):



Small salad/dessert plate done by 11 year old son:


Dinner plate size dish done by 13 year old daughter:


Dinner size paschal dish (we use this same design for our stenciled Pascha basket covers)


More pictures will be added as dishes are completed.


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A while ago, we visit an Ancient Treasures exhibit in Plano, Texas. In the gift store, there were some beautiful pieces of contemporary Jewish art. One of the items available was a painted glass dish for the Jewish feast of Pesach (Passover). It had images of biblical fruit around the perimeter and the Hebrew letters spelling Pesach in the center. Why not make something similar for our Pascha? It is a dish that also could be used for the blessing of fruit during the Feast of the Holy Transfiguration.

This week our family is taking it easy with school and we are doing some crafts. One craft we have been doing is painting on clear dishes from Walmart. Here is an example using a Walmart platter (between $3-4) and Plaid sampler stained glass paint (available in any craft store):


Each of the fruit are found in the Bible: pomogranates, dates, figs, wheat, almonds, olives, and grapes. Unfortunately, the Plaid glass paint is not dishwasher safe. The painted surface is at the bottom of the dish so food won’t come in direct contact with it. But it would be best used as a decoration or for dry food like fruit. In order to protect it further, I am spraying the back of the plate with Krylon Triple-Thick Crystal Clear Glaze (also available at Walmart).

We are working on a second dish that will hopefully be more usable using Glaze Gellyroll Pens for outlining (which forms a durable embossed line) and Delta PermEnamel glass paint (which is dishwasher safe). With the Delta glass paint, if you want a translucent effect similar to the Plaid stained glass paint, you need to use the transparent and iridescent color sets.

Here is a pdf of an image that can be printed and sandwiched between two standard sized glass dishes found for $1.50 at Walmart (you outline on the bottom of the upper dish and paint it while the lower dish holds the printed image close to the curved surface of the upper dish): cross02.pdf

Be sure to “scale the image to fit the media” when printing so that it fits the entire page.

To see more painted dishes, click here.

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