Spring Tulips on a Painted Doily Plate by Linda Lineman

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Spring Tulips on A Painted Doily Plate

By Linda Lineman of Lineman’s Porcelain Memories

In my Porcelain Painting, I paint “doily” plates using paper doilies as a stencil. I decided to try it using acrylics and a paper mache plate. I designed the tulips from pictures I took when a bouquet was starting to die. I like the interesting way the petals start drooping and it catches your attention. You don’t always need to paint the perfectly formed flower. When I take photos of flowers, I take the full bloom, buds, the dying, the seed pods and the leaves. I then incorporate some or all of them into my paintings.


I’m happily married and my husband is my strongest supporter. We have two children and five grandchildren that love to do art with me. I have been a porcelain artist since 1980. In the last three years, I started designing pattern packets for both acrylics and porcelain. I enjoy taking photos of God’s beauty and using them to design my projects. I paint flowers, landscapes, geometric designs and portraits – I love it all.


I used a 10” paper mache plate with a 2 1/4” rim from Pat Catan’s Arts and Crafts Store, www.patcatans.com. You could also use a wooden plate. If your plate is a different size, simply adjust the doily and pattern to fit your surface.

Paints by Deco Art Americana:
DA089 Black Forest Green
DA330 Chartreuse Yellow
DA101 Dioxazine Purple
DA269 Foliage Green
DA236 Grape Juice
DA051 Leaf Green
DA348 Light Lime
DA01 Snow (Titanium) white

DA211 Wisteria

Mediums/Other Products
TG01 Deco Arts Triple Thick Gloss Glaze Spray - OR -

DMM26 Deco Art Media Soft Touch varnish

Brushes by Royal and Langnickel
#3 Majestic Round series R4250
#6 Royal Knight 7150
1/2” Royal Soft Grip SG160
5/8” Angular 3060 Combo
30/0, Monogram Mini Majestic series 4200M

2/0 Round Majestic R4250

Miscellaneous Supplies

  • Usual painting supplies, stylus, paper towels and tweezers.
  • Royal Transfer Gray Graphite RD201
  • Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Spray Adhesive 7020
  • Paper Doily (or you could use a stencil) for the rim. You will need to find a paper doily that fits the size of your plate. I buy packages of assorted paper doilies at the Dollar Tree.
Helpful Tip or Hint

After opening the package of paper doilies, pull off just one. The ones with the larger holes are easier to use. The ones with tiny holes are harder to make sure all the papers cutouts are all cleaned out of the holes. Hold doily up to the light to be sure all the punch out holes are gone and are cleaned out.

If you have never tried using paper doilies before, it can take a couple of tries to get to where it’s not messy. But the good thing is – with acrylics you can always “fix” it. As you work with them, you learn how much paint and how much pressure to use to get the desired results. It’s FUN and they look beautiful. I even like doing the rims only and leave the centers unpainted to use for cookie plates.


Click >>HERE<< to download the tulip pattern.


Paint the center of plate with Light Lime. (When I started this I painted the whole plate with Light Lime, but realized that I needed the rim to be white, so I had to paint over the rim with white. Save yourself the time and only paint the center.) 

Now paint the rim of the plate with Snow (Titanium) White. This might take two coats for good smooth coverage.



Pull off one paper doily. Lightly spray the adhesive on the back of the doily. Carefully lay it down on the surface and pat it down flat using a Scott towel.

Now you are ready to paint over the doily with Dioxazine Purple. I painted two coats. Be careful not get a buildup of paint in the holes. As soon as paint is dry, using tweezers, start peeling the paper doily off the plate. Depending on how well you covered it and how well the doily stuck down, you now can take your white paint and “fix” any smears or places where the purple is where it shouldn’t be.

Transfer the pattern using graphite paper and a stylus in the center of plate.

Tulips: Start the tulips with Grape Juice. Do a corner load of Dioxazine Purple for the depth and shadows. This places the petals on top of the other petal. Highlight the petals with Wisteria. Be sure to look at the folds and bends of the petals to see where you need highlights and where you need shadows.

Centers: Paint Snow (Titanium) White in the center of the two flowers. Use Chartreuse Yellow over the white in some of the center. Add the seeds using a small comma stroke in Foliage Green and shade one side of the seed with Black Forest Green.



Leaves and Stems: Leaves are painted with Foliage Green. Stems are painted using Leaf Green. They are both highlighted using Light Lime and Shadowed with Black Forest Green.







I always finish the backs of my projects. In this case I used Light Lime on the center and Dioxazine Purple on the rim.

There are two choices to finish this project, depending on the look you would like best. I finished mine with Deco Art Triple Thick Gloss Glaze Spray because I wanted it to look shiny like a china plate. OR you can use Deco Art Soft Touch varnish. It would give a soft appearance.

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