Published on February 22nd, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Gorgeous Trays

Materials: Bigarra, Ideal

I buy these lovely Ikea Stoneware trays and vases and decorate them with ceramic colors.

I do intricate, laborious work on these items – but I would not use just any glass/ceramic vase. I love these stoneware for their smooth matte finish texture and their heavy weight. Gives more value to my final product.

See more of the decorative trays.

~ Pragati Sharma, Connecticut, USA

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Jules Yap

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22 Responses to Gorgeous Trays

  1. Anonymous says:

    Enough finger wagging, please. To me this smacks only of a misunderstanding. If this site is about inspiring creativity and sharing reproducable ideas, then not describing method/process may arouse suspicion. The artist (“hacker” doesn’t do justice) remedied this with a prompt follow-up; problem solved. Nana also contributed by identifying the type of design; that’s how a community works. While I’d rather drill down less for the info, I’m really glad this is here, however it came about, and I am inspired.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am amazed at the number of comments under this beautiful work that discuss that whether she wanted to sell or get publicity. I believe that any work posted on ikea hackers has an link attached that takes people to the design’s blog or website. If you call that smacking ‘free’ publicity then there is a problem with you. Sorry!

    Also whats posted on Ikea hackers is selected by its authors and not the designers themselves. I have had my projects posted too and I send my entry and Ikea Hackers decides whether its worth posting or not. So please do not blame her if YOU think this is not worth a hack. Please go and see many other projects on this website that were just a ‘makeover.’

    Pragati, I am a big fan of your works now. I went to you Facebook page and have subscribed to your postings. Totally adore your creations. Keep making them and sharing with us.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, I agree that this smacked of ‘free’ publicity – before I even read the comments. If the facebook page is a page for your products/work, regardless of whether it’s a site that facilitates online sale of your goods, then it’s promotion.

    I also believe that a hack is changing, manipulating or adding to the fundamental design of a piece… not painting/decorating it. Painting/decorating is, at most, a makeover.

    That being said, these pieces are beautiful and so intricate!

  4. marikorose says:

    Really really beautiful work! You are very talented! :-)

  5. majeral says:

    WOW My hand is not steady any more. I did not get the felling that she was trying to sell to us just that she does make them for sale I do consider this a “hack”.
    Lovely work

  6. Archangel says:

    “anonymous” she wasnt selling anything. She’s as eligible for hack of the year, as anyone.

  7. that’s amazing! and it looks like a lot of work. well done!

  8. This is one of those hacks I adore, but could not do by myself, since I do not have any artistic talents :)

  9. woolywoman says:

    so pretty! I am inspired!

  10. Hi everyone,
    I am over-whelmed with the compliments.
    As many of you have pointed out, and I apologize for not describing the process earlier. Here it is. So, yes I use ceramic [100% food grade] paint with an extremely thin brush – the one that has just 5-6 bristles. I make those intricate patterns over a long time…sometimes weeks. And then finally the painted tray needs to be put in the oven for sealing. So really there is nothing but freehand painting to this process.
    And also, these products are already SOLD…so they are not for sale. and I was definitely not trying to sell my products through Ikea Hacker. I provided a link to my face book page which also does not sell. If any one goes to my website through my FB page, only then they can see the prices of items on sale. Which are my paintings and not these Ikea hack trays certainly.
    And Yes…I do art and design for a living :)
    Have a great day all of you!! Thanks again

  11. Nana says:

    Wow, you´re an artist!!!! It´s a little mehndi-painting, isn´t it?


  12. Anonymous says:

    Pebeo is the best known brand (awful website), and claim fine tips.

    But I found this product in Germany which seems to have a finer 1-2mm tip: http://www.c-kreul.de/PorcelainPEN-brillant-160-C.667.0.html?&L=1.

    The site is in English.

    Pragati’s work is lovely, but may not be food safe – Pebeo warns against using their products on food surfaces.

    I see no reason for people not to advertise their saleable hacks, but they should not be eligible for Hack of the Year. There are quite a few companies offering Ikea related products. Perhaps they should advertise instead!!

  13. Laurel says:

    Truly inspired and amazing — thank you so much for posting!

  14. Muyserin says:

    Real eyecandy! Although I agree, it would be nice to learn how you did it!

  15. marox79 says:

    OMG. They look awesome. Love the intricate patterns and colourful result.

  16. Anonymous says:

    um, yah, how do you achieve these results? mapping out the process is just as important as the final result in this forum. they are lovely :)

  17. Anonymous says:

    What kind of paint do you use? I can never get mine to be that thin! What’s the process that you use?

  18. Anonymous says:

    What type of pens do you use?

  19. Anonymous says:

    Oh I didn’t know we were allowed to plug our stuff for sale here. That’s cool with everyone?

  20. Anonymous says:

    stunning! You definitely have a steady hand!

  21. Tamidon says:

    those are beautiful;

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