2.5 Hour Workshop - Serving Platter, Bowl or Similar Item

Creating a mixed media design on a serving platter or dough bowl can add unique character and charm to your tableware. Here's an outline of steps to decorate a serving platter or dough bowl using mixed media techniques:


Clean the surface of the serving platter or dough bowl thoroughly to remove any dirt, grease, or residue.

If the surface is glossy or non-porous, lightly sand it with fine-grit sandpaper to create texture and improve adhesion for the mixed media materials.

Gesso Application:

 Apply a thin coat of gesso to the entire surface of the serving platter or dough bowl using a paintbrush. Gesso provides a primed surface that helps the mixed media materials adhere better and creates a uniform base for painting or collage.


Use acrylic paints to add a base layer of color to the surface of the serving platter or dough bowl. Apply the paint with a paintbrush smoothly, even strokes, covering the entire surface.

Experiment with different painting techniques such as dry brushing, splattering, or blending to create texture and visual interest.

Allow the paint to dry completely before going ahead to the next step.

Collage Elements:

 Gather a variety of mixed media materials such as decorative paper, fabric scraps, ephemera, beads, or found objects that you want to incorporate into your design.

Cut or tear the collage elements into desired shapes and sizes and arrange them onto the painted surface of the serving platter or dough bowl.

Use a decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge) to adhere the collage elements to the surface. Apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the back of each element, press it onto the surface, and then smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles with a brayer or your fingers.

Layer the collage elements to create depth and dimension, overlapping them and varying their placement for visual interest.


 Add embellishments such as beads, sequins, buttons, or charms to enhance the design of the serving platter or dough bowl.

Use a strong adhesive (such as E6000) to attach the embellishments securely to the surface. Allow the adhesive to dry completely before handling the piece.

Finishing Touches:

 Once all the mixed media elements are in place, apply a final coat of clear sealant or varnish to protect the surface and enhance the colors and textures of the design.

Allow the sealant or varnish to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions before using the serving platter or dough bowl.

Display or Use:

 Once the decorative serving platter or dough bowl is fully dry and sealed, it is ready to display or use. Highlight it as a centerpiece on your table or use it to serve food during special occasions and gatherings.

By following these steps, you can create a stunning and personalized serving platter or dough bowl using mixed media techniques that reflect your creativity and style. Experiment with different materials, colors, and designs to make a tr