Monday, 19 August 2013

DIY / Sharpie Mug

I've see this tutorial around the web few times - Instagram especially - so I decided to give it a bash too and I have a few Ikea cups that are the perfect blank canvas for this project. 

You need:
- Sharpie marker
- Mug/Cup
- Pencil


First of all, wash the mug with soap to remove any greasy residue and try to touch it the less possible because also the oil on the skin can interfere with the ink;

Start off with a pencil to trace your decoration and have fun and be creative!
Once you're happy with your design, retrace with the Sharpie. You can also use different colours and really come up with a unique and original piece.

I'm not great at drawing, myself... but I'm pretty please with my wee puppy :) I took inspiration from Gemma Correll - the queen of pugs illustrations.

Finally, place your mug in the oven and then turn the oven on at 200/220 degree Celsius. Putting the mug inside the oven when it's still cool, will prevent the glaze from cracking... and 'cook' for 30 minutes;
Once the timer is up, again wait for the oven to cool down before removing the mug - same reasons as above.


TADA! You new mug is ready for the first cup of tea!!!



Tips:
- if you make any mistake, you can use an earbud with some alcohol to remove the marker;
- these glossy mugs are actually not the best for this project. Ideally, you should use a matte ceramic item which has a more porous surface so that the ink can really penetrate.
- obviously, don't start scrubbing with a kitchen scourer and your drawing should hold pretty well!

Have you tried this DIY before?

24 comments:

  1. So cute! would make a lovely personal present x

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    1. definitely, the options are endless. xx

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  2. I really love this creativity! Your mug is really good! I'm really bad at drawing and my mu says my handwriting is awful so if I tried doing one it would look as if a child has done it lol x

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    1. nooooo, give it a go, you can do something really simple to start with :D x

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  3. Aww love it! I have those mugs too :) xx

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    1. haha, got them when we first moved here, years ago... they are very resistant ;) xx

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  4. such a great idea! im definitely trying this :)

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    1. great, can't wait to see how you get on :)

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  5. What a cute idea! The pug is so cute xxx

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  6. So sweet! A great idea for gifts, you could even fill the mug with beauty products/sweets, whatever xo

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  7. such a cute idea! I love your cup so sweet :)
    Shelley x

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