Painted Succulent Bowl: First Attempt

I’ve been sitting here for an hour trying to figure out how to start this first post off. Should I introduce myself? If so, how should I do it? Should I tell you what I do for my day job? Maybe start off by saying how many years I’ve been crafting.

By day, I’m a writer, but by night…I’m home watching Bob’s Burgers and reserving books online from my local library. That’s right—I’m pretty crazy.

I’m relatively new to DIY arts and crafts. After graduate school I found I had a lot more time on my hands and needed something to do with it. That’s when I decided to try my hand at knitting, and after a week, I quit. Next was crochet, same story.

Impatient that I wasn’t getting results (unfortunately I feed on instant gratification, but I’m working on it!) I put the crafts away and just watched more TV. It wasn’t enough. I had to make something, even if it wasn’t perfect, even if it could be described as a DIY fail.

So I’m back, and to keep myself motivated I decided to write a blog documenting my progress, or lack thereof.

If you’re still here, I want to thank you for clicking here and reading through my rant. Now, onward to the real stuff!

The Painted Succulent Bowl

Materials Used:

Porcelain Bowl

Pēbēo Porcelaine 150, 6-color set

Paintbrushes, multiple sizes

Garbage Bag

Paper Towels

Not Pictured: Recycled Lidded Plastic Container



Here’s a quick disclaimer: I am someone who needs step-by-step directions for EVERYTHING. I am what you might call an “over thinker.” Please bare with me if the directions are a little overkill, I just want to make sure everything reads clearly!

Okay, now, here’s the how-to directions for real this time:

Step 1: Lay out the plastic bag across a flat work surface. If you’re accident-prone (I am) the plastic bag will catch drips and spills!

Step 2: Fill the plastic container with water.

Step 3: Flip the bowl over onto its rim.

Step 4: Take the yellow porcelain paint and pour a nickel-sized portion onto the inside of the plastic lid.

Side Note: You’ll want the recycled container to have a lid because you’ll use the lid as a palette.

Step 5: Dip the paintbrush in the water, soaking the bristles. Twirl the wet brush in the paint. Apply the brush firmly to the top of the bottom of the bowl. This will cause a yellow line of paint to stream down the bowl. Repeat this step all around the bowl.

Side Note: The lines of paint (much to my dismay) thinned as they dried. I think the problem was that the brush was too wet and the paint was mostly just water. Originally, I wanted the bowl to be made up of multiple vertical lines of different valued hues of yellow, but I couldn’t get it to work. So, I decided to heck with it and added other colors, including red, green and blue.


Step 6: Flip the bowl over right-side up. Repeat Step 5 along the ridge of the bowl. Feeling a little adventurous (and not appreciating all the white space), I mixed the blue and red paint to make a deep royal purple and applied the paint the same way I did before.


Step 7: After letting the bowl dry for about an hour and a half, I baked the bowl in the oven at 350°for 35 minutes, as directed on the Pēbēo Porcelaine box. If you decide that you want to try out this project but are using a different brand of porcelain paint, make sure to read the directions about temperature and bake time on the brand’s box.

Final Thoughts: After baking, the colors didn’t seem as vibrant as they were when the paint was originally applied. To top it all off, all the white space is still driving me nuts.


Painting the bowl probably took me all of 45 minutes to do, and it was super fun, even though it didn’t go quite the way I thought it would. I’m going to try again and post the second attempt soon!

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