After an unsuccessful search for cute valentine plates for my plate hanger this year, I decided to try & make some on my own. I found these 10.5 inch plates at the dollar store, bought some acrylic paints in the colors I liked, and went to town.
First I cut a 5 inch heart template and traced around it onto the plate with a dry erase marker. Then I used Q-tips to make different sized circles inside of the heart. After the paint had dried, it was a snap to clean off the marker with a damp paper towel. The best part about this is that I got what I had pictured, but couldn't find, for cheaper than I would've paid for something I didn't like as much!
I tried a perma-glaze product over the brown heart after it had dried, but ended up making a little mess of it (I ignored the fact that my acrylic paint should've been permenamel paint - oh well!) So, if you are going to do this and glaze it, make sure you use a glaze that is compatible with acrylic paint.