Bring Character To Your Kitchen With This DIY Instant Stamp Artwork

H&H‘s Stacey Smithers enlarges a photo of a vintage porcelain stamp for instant DIY art.

I’ve always admired the antique marks on the underside of vintage platters. Photographing, printing and hanging one of these ornate designs is a stylish (and inexpensive!) way to add a decorative feature to a kitchen wall. Choose a mark that complements the era of your kitchen or find something unexpected. Pick your frame first, then have a photo of the antique mark enlarged to the exact size. I left mine unmatted for a more casual look.

Materials 

You’ll need porcelain ware with mark, smartphone, and frame of choice.

DIY

Step 1: Choose Mark

Browse your collection of china to find a mark that appeals to you. I chose a handsome beehive emblem on a platter that had visible crazing (when cracks and texture in the plate are visible) for an authentic vintage feel.

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Step 2: Take Picture

Use the camera on your smartphone to take the photo. Shoot it from directly overhead, either up close or farther away — how much white space you leave around the mark is up to you.

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Step 3: Print And Frame Poster

Bring the photo of your mark to your local printer and have them enlarge it to the size of your frame (mine was 32″ sq.). Ready-made frames can be found at retailers like Ikea for less than $60, or have one custom-made at an art supply store like DeSerres. Insert the blown-up image of the mark into your frame and hang on your kitchen wall. Enjoy!

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Author:
As told to Amanda Tucci
Photographer:
Valerie Wilcox
Designer:
Stacey Smithers
Source:
House & Home October 2017
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  • Julie Tremblay

    nice! can we know where you find the mural lamp? thanks!

    • susan Giardin

      Wow cool

    • adenaleighHH

      The light is from Elte, but you could get something similar at any lighting store, like Union Lighting. Ask for a picture light or library light.

  • Jen

    No way!!!😱😃 I looove this!! I know exactly what I’m going through tonight…all of my Staffordshire transferware!!😍

  • Claire Smith

    Really like this idea! Was this a custom frame? I see it says in the magazine that it came from DeSerres but I don’t see a square frame online.

    • adenaleighHH

      Hi Claire, This was a custom frame, but you could have it blown up at your copy shop to fit a standard Ikea frame, too.