Before we get to the DIY custom painted bowls fun, let’s have a little heart to heart, shall we?
On account of my natural metabolism being similar to a sloth’s, food doubt has always been a running theme for me when it comes to what to eat. Which is basically me sitting debating what I “should” eat, regretting what I ate, wondering if a bad choice was worth it, or figuring out how to balance sweet treats. Or me just plain wondering what the heck is a good choice in the midst of ever-changing new “health food discoveries”, you know?
Add the pressures of allll of the beautiful people that social media has to shove in my face on a daily basis when my work is 65% social driven (don’t even get me started on how pregnancy has added to this, that’s a saga for another day haha!), it only enhances the mental debate.
I wish I could sit here and tell you that I’m insanely confident with who I am and what I put into my body, but I’d be lying to you. It feels like an uphill battle most days, but little by little I’m learning what works for me along the way. this. New research found that women spend 61 minutes a day (!!!) questioning what they eat, so I know I’m not alone in this!
In order to ditch the doubt, own it, and hence avoid the incessant decision fatigue and use my energy on something more productive (can I get an amen?!), I try to pick go-to food choices that I already know the nutritional value of.
Now, this is where I introduce you to my cereal addiction, specifically Special K. Literally EVERY morning, without fail. And that’s if I don’t opt for it as an afternoon snack sometimes too, haha. My favorite right now is apple raspberry almond. Feel free to judge me…
It’s easy to whip up in a hurry (just add milk, yogurt or eat plain) and Special K cereals deliver various key nutrients like fiber, iron, folic acid and vitamins A, C and D, which basically makes them a no-brainer when it comes to this whole eating for two thing.
If you’re not quite sure of what design you want to put on each bowl, I’d recommend trying a few designs out on disposable bowls first to get your feet wet.
That said, the Pebeo paints dry pretty quickly when left out, so don’t spend too, too much time mixing custom colors as you go, or they’ll dry faster than you can use them up! Or at least that’s what happened to us, ha!
The Pebeo porcelain paint by itself is pretty thin, so to get certain looks, like the watercolor or speckled effect, you’ll need to thin the paint using the porcelain paint thinner.
For making the abstract colorful bowl, I used one color item at a time and twisted the bowl around as I went. That gave each color some time to dry before adding a new color, which is something to be mindful of when it comes to layering them.
As for the speckled paint look, I used quite a bit of thinner and laid down a protective surface on the table. I then cut out a cardstock circle to place on the bottle of the bowl so that the paint wouldn’t cause the bottom surface to be uneven when it dried. No one needs a cereal bowl that tips over every time.
Once you have your designs complete, let them dry for 24 hours, then bake at 300°F for 35 minutes to fully cure the paint so that it’s dishwasher and dish detergent safe.
Now all you have to do is fill it with your favorite cereal and you’re all set! What are some of your go-to’s when it comes to skipping the food doubt?