They were made by ironing colored wax (crayons worked best) onto slick paper, crackling the wax after it had set, and then filling the cracks with a contrasting paint color (I was always fond of the shimmer Lumiere gave to these platters, so that's what I used).
I'd smooth double-sided adhesive sheets onto the backs of the papers, cut them into piles of half inch strips and apply them- one by one, overlapping- to the platter blanks. Then I'd seal the whole thing with several coats of polyurethane.
The cool thing was that there was no priming of the wood necessary, first. I did, however, paint the underside of the platters, usually with the same color Lumiere I'd used on the papers.
Lumiere when buffed into wood is really beautiful. Even though this is usually a very opaque paint, the grain of the wood still shows through.
(painted back and platter foot)
For a while I was also into making art with masking tape. Did you know that plain manila masking tape stains beautifully?? I found liquid acrylics most effective, but even craft paint did a great job.
I covered the surface of the bowl with torn pieces of tape and then stained it phthalo blue. I constructed the face and the rays by tearing more tape and placing the pieces directly onto one side of a sheet of double-sided adhesive. I cut out the shapes with a craft knife, painted them, and then applied them on top of the background.
Then it got a few coats of poly, as well. I didn't have finger prints for a week, afterward- who knew masking tape could dry out your finger tips that much?
One more piece of masking tape art, just for fun.
Ginger Tabby, 18" x 26"