if you'd like to decorate plain dishes with pen i recommend using pebeo porcelaine paint pens, after you've finished your work place the piece in room temp over and let it warm up with the oven, bake 30 min on max. temperature. painted and baked pieces are dishwasher safe!
Four Goodwill white plates=$4. The yard sale plate rack was free with my purchase of plates which I resold (btw.) One bottle Modge Podge. Leftover black scrapbook paper. Cut silohuettes of my family from my favorite photos. And voila! A custom art piece.