Sweet Tooth Tea Set

by | Jul 17, 2022

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This Sweet Tooth Tea Set looks good enough to eat!

Final display of Sweet Tooth Tea Set created by Tracey's Fancy using Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint and gold pigment
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To be honest, if I could paint ALL the stray-tossed aside, forgotten about, unwanted tea set pieces in this candy-colored palette, I WOULD!

Inspiration for this Sweet Tooth Tea Set

This tea set was inspired by a bowl of Jordan Almonds at a baby shower this past weekend.  

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I am ALWAYS drawn to those brightly colored, smooth-surfaced, candy-coated almonds. They were my mother’s favorite movie snack!

Today, I’ll guide you through the very basics of painting on tea sets with a few new finishing-touch tips!

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Direct showcase of Sweet Tooth Tea Set handpainted and custom designed by Tracey's Fancy
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My overall purpose for sharing with you here is to inspire you to see BEYOND the traditional “what is expected” norms, and to encourage you to create your very own wonderland! Your surroundings have the ability to affect your mood and vibe. So if you VIBE in color, surround yourself with LOTS of it!  

Spilling the tea on this process in the YouTube video!

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This Sweet Tooth tea “set” was piecemealed together from my stray pieces collection.  

I chose a small-ish tray along with a teapot and creamer that actually belonged together, and a random sugar bowl.

When you paint them to be cohesive, they appear as if they were meant to be together all along!

First, each piece was wiped clean with an alcohol wipe.

I then primed with two coats of Slick Stick which is HIGHLY recommended when painting on any slick surface.  

Slick Stick protocol: Paint one coat and let dry overnight. Paint a second coat and let it dry for at least two hours before you can begin applying your paint color of choice.  

Then, I painted the tea set in a base coat of Saltwater (white) Silk all-in-one mineral paint.

Priming tea tray for Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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Priming Sweet Tooth Tea Set teapot for chalk mineral paint
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Priming creamer pot for Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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Then, I just set my brain free with thoughts of polka dots, stripes, checks, and LOTS of colors!.

I used a pencil to draw out my stripes and checks.  

Drawing lines onto tea tray for Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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Drawing stripes onto Sweet Tooth Tea Set teapot
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Sketching lines on Sweet Tooth Tea set teapot for stripe pattern
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Drawing lines for stripe pattern on top of sugar pot
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No tape or ruler was used; just my hand and a pencil.  

Remember when working on checks or stripes: divide your spaces evenly so you don’t mess up your alternating color pattern.

In this case, pink/white/pink/white (I used Prickly Pear for the pink you see below).

or purple (Lucky Lavendar)/green (Limeade)/purple/green.  

Painting green strips onto teapot for Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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Stripe pattern with green and purple on creamer pot from Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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For the first time ever, I did choose to use the “drag” technique of adding a swipe of another color through my Prickly Pear pink checks. This is a technique used by McKenzie Childs and is wildly popular. I did this painting of the bright pink checks first and allowed them to dry.  I then loaded a brush with both bright pink and Silk Saltwater white side-by-side and swooped it over the pre-painted bright pink. And it worked! 

Mixing chalk mineral paints and applying o striped edges of tea tray for Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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Finished stripes on side of tea tray edges for Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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I did this on the checked teapot as well as the checked border around the tray.

The polka dots on the tray were fun to create!  I usually use a “brush spin” technique but I wanted to try a blotter!  I used a cork to try the “stamp” or “blot,” but my paint left too much of a pile and I just didn’t like it.  So, I reverted to my “brush spin” which is always fun! (you can see the comparison of both below)

Dipping tool in silk slick to help create dots on Sweet Tooth Tea Set tea tray
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Using tool to make polka dot design onto Sweet tooth Tea Set
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Finished polka dots on Sweet Tooth Tea Set tea tray
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Using brush to make polka dots on Sweet Tooth Tea Set tea tray
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Getting the same result with brush vs tool on tea tray
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I added a nice little swoop of Daisy yellow to each polka dot just to add to the whimsy!

white saltwater silk all-in-one paint dots on top of Daisy dixie belle chalk mineral paint on Tracey's Fancy Candy inspired tea set
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This color palette has me singing! 

(you can see some footage of me being silly over on TikTok)

The colors are playful and bold and represented well with the highly pigmented paints that only required a single coat for full coverage!  

Painting purple onto stripes on bottom of Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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Painting teapot for Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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Painting sugar pot with Daisy for Sweet Tooth Tea Set
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The final touch was to introduce metallic gold!  I wasn’t sure I was going to bring in a metallic, but the tea set just didn’t seem complete without it!  

The gorgeous shine on the completed set was created by top coating with Dixie Belle’s strongest top coat ever: Gator Hide.  

They also offer their standard top coats which work really well, too, in Flat, Satin, and Gloss!  And let me tell you, if you like the Gator Hide Sheen, you will LOVE the gloss top coat! It’s like glass!

Completed painting of Sweet Tooth Tea Set Tracey's Fancy made using chalk mineral paints and gold pigment
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FAQ: I am often asked if the tea sets are still “functional” for serving tea. 

My first thought is, do people really use them?  My mom and grandma always just had them stored in the china cabinet!  LOL! To be honest, I have not tried it, but I do believe the finish would hold up fine to serve tea. As long as the pieces are not submerged in water!  A simple wipe-down with a damp cloth should keep them clean!  

This was a VERY quick recap but certainly enough to get you started!  I have a full 2-hour class that will guide you step-by-step through the entire process for a successfully painted tea set that you can be proud of!!! Get it here. It is less than $30 and you’ll get a full supply list and lifetime access so you can be a tea set-making MACHINE!!!

Ok. I’m off to find more silver pieces!  

This was fun!

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