I've seen around the internet recently various art using Sharpies and crockery, so I figure this would be a really good way of having my cup stand out from the rest at work.
We all have these fabulous £3 white cappuccino mugs from Sainsburys at work, and you can see why you get a whole lot of tea in one of these! So, armed with my Sharpies and stickers I figured I'd decorate mine.....
I used :
* 1 Sharpie Pen
* 1 Alphabet Sticker Set
* 1 Mug
* Use of an oven
* Scalpel, knife or if you're lucky long fingernails...
I placed my lettering on my mug and proceeded to draw all around it. I'm not by any means the best at art but I can draw a basic pattern.
|Lining up my lettering|
|Adding a pattern over the lettering|
|Ready to be baked|
|Showing off my handy work at work....|
So it turns out that I can't even bake a mug! Ordinary sharpies and an oven bake do not guarantee your image will not smudge when used - let alone hand wash and forget using the dishwasher!
|Slight touch smudged the pattern - AFTER baking!|
The first was to use Rust-oleum Metallic leafing pen which I picked up from B&Q. This pen has quite a thick nip for what I wanted it for, but, it worked! I can hand wash my mug without the pattern coming off.
|Using a pen specifically for ceramics.... works!|
There is also another set of pens you can buy which is for porcelain/ceramics and apparently does not need to be baked on. I'm quite keen to try these but as yet I'm waiting on a competition win from this company so I'm sure as shit not going to add a link to their website! That one you'll have to Google yourselves.
Do let me know if you've tried this method, I'm rather keen to find out how others have got round the smudging issue. Feel free to leave the link to your blog if necessary in my comments.
Good luck with your creations.