DIY Watercolor Clay Bowl

anthropologiewatercolorcoasterknockoffcraftberrybush-9 Hello friends. I hope your week is off to a great start. We just got back from visiting the gorgeous Crystal Coast in North Carolina. I can’t wait to tell you all about my trip but I will say that North Carolina definitely has a piece of my heart.

In the meantime, I also wanted to share these sweet watercolor dishes that I made a little while ago but had forgotten to share here. I think these would make such beautiful little gifts.
I love how vibrant they are.


I was inspired by THESE  coasters from Anthropologie and thought they would look so cute on my coffee table as little catch-all dishes.  anthropologiewatercolorcoasterknockoffcraftberrybush-12




I rolled out some self drying clay ( I like using this one because of its durability) and cut a circle using a bowl as the guideline… anthropologiewatercolorcoasterknockoffcraftberrybush-7 I then lined the bowl with plastic ( I didn’t have any plastic wrap, so I just cut up a grocery bag) and then placed the clay into the bowl.
Allow to dry for approximately 24 hours.


Take a large watercolor brush and brush the bowl with water… anthropologiewatercolorcoasterknockoffcraftberrybush-2

Dip your brush in desired paint color and simply let it drip onto the wet bowl… anthropologiewatercolorcoasterknockoffcraftberrybush-3

The paint will spread or bleed onto the water.


Repeat with different colors if desired.  anthropologiewatercolorcoasterknockoffcraftberrybush-6

Paint gold paint around edge of bowl if desired. I also sprinkled some gold paint onto the bowl for more interest.
anthropologiewatercolorcoasterknockoffcraftberrybush-5 Allow paint to dry…
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You can spray the trays with laquer or coat them with this  to make them a little more durable.  anthropologiewatercolorcoasterknockoffcraftberrybush-15 I think they look so pretty. Don’t you?

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a beautiful day!

much love,



  1. Allie says

    Beautiful! What do you suggest “coating” them with to make waterproof, just enought to set near a bathroom sink?

  2. Karen says

    These are so pretty! Would love to make them with my 10 year old granddaughter this summer. Would you be so kind to post the name/type of clay and the best watercolors to use for this project. Thank you so much for the beauty you bring to the world!

  3. Gail Plaskiewicz says

    These are so pretty! I love the colors although I would love to see my favorite color in one of these bowls and that’s yellow. There was a place in CA called Color Me Mine. They had clay things that you could stamp or paint and I made a bowl. It was yellow and orange and I stamped all over it. It was so cool to be able to use rubber stamps on it. On the inside I painted a smily face so every time I ate something out of it, the face would smile back at me. They fired it in a kiln. When I went to pick it up they said they liked it so much they displayed it in the window for everyone to see and they took it out of the window! That was so cool! I really like how you did them and how you were able to use water colors. What a great thing to make for Mother’s Day!

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