I am slightly obsessed with having my morning coffee or tea… and what makes this morning ritual that much better is having it in an adorable mug! Today I’ll be showing you two different ways to create the perfect watercolor mugs.
Acrylic Blue Mug Supplies:
Plain white ceramic mug
Acrylic paints (I got this little kids arylics on sale at Michaels)
A disposable bowl (I used a pie tin)
Step 1: Clean and rinse out your mug, in case anything is on it that you can’t see, and dry thoroughly.
Step 2: Fill your disposable bowl with warm/hot water.
Step 3: Pour a few drops of your acrylic paint into the disposable bowl. I used blue and yellow, and used a stick to place a couple drops of paint in. *Using a stick could also be handy to swirl the paint around to make a different pattern in the water.
Step 4: Dip your mug into the disposable bowl, then lift while twisting in order to cover the mug and insure the paint doesn’t wash off.
Step 5: Take damp paper towel and wipe off the paint that you do not want on your mug. I wiped off paint around the rim, the inside of the cup, and the bottom. *Because it is paint in water, it will look like the paint is dripping off. Don’t panic, just place it on it’s side and allow it to dry. If you try to pat it dry with a paper towel it’s more likely that the paint will be patted off with it.
Step 6: After your mug dries, place it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Don’t wait for the oven to preheat, place it in there from the time you turn on the oven. This will allow the mug to become hot slowly, and not shatter.
Step 7: After leaving your mug in the oven for 30 minutes, the paint will be baked onto the mug. With an oven mitt, or a towel, take your mug out of the oven and allow to cool.
Nail Polish Watercolor Orange & Pink Supplies:
Plain white ceramic mug
Nail polish remover, and cotton balls or cotton swabs (to take off excess or unwanted nail polish)
Step 1: Clean and rinse your ceramic mug, then dry thoroughly.
Step 2: Fill your disposable bowl with warm/hot water. *For the nail polish I used hotter water because I found that the nail polish dries very quickly.
Step 3: Pour a few drops of nail polish into the disposable bowl. *You can also use a stick to make a different pattern, but unlike the paint, you will have to move very quickly if you want to do so.
Step 5: Dip your mug into the disposable bowl, then lift out. You may have to twist the mug out in order to cover more of it with the nail polish.
Step 6: Unlike the painted mug, take a paper towel and gently pat dry.
Step 7: Take your cotton ball, or cotton swab, with nail polish remover on it and wipe down the excess/unwanted nail polish. *I did the same as the other mug, I wiped off nail polish from around the rim of the cup and the bottom.
Step 8: Like the painted mug, place it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Don’t wait for the oven to preheat, place it in there from the time you turn on the oven. This will allow the mug to become hot slowly, and not shatter. *Also, be sure not to bake ANY LONGER than 30 minutes (you may even want to check it at 20 minutes) because unlike the paint, nail polish burns.
Step 9: After being in the oven for 20-30 minutes, take the mug out and allow it to cool.
TIPS: For washing this mug, I would also suggest hand washing it. Though the nail polish does not come off as easily as the paint, the dishwasher can be harsh on your creation.
Hope you enjoyed this post, happy crafting!