Total (with baking + drying): less than 4 hours
20-45 minutes active time (drawing, painting, coating)
Money Spent + Supplies Needed:
Total for me: $3.00 (approx. $1.75 per mug since I won’t use all of the paint)
Mug(s): $1.50 each (Wal-Mart, $1 at the Dollar Store / Dollar Tree)
Enamel Paint: $1.50 (FolkArt Enamel at Hobby Lobby)
Pencil, Fine Sharpie, Newspaper, Paintbrushes, Cookie Sheet, Coating: free
You may need to buy a Fine Sharpie (approx. $1-$2), Paint brushes ($1-$3), Coating ($3.99 DecoArt at Hobby Lobby)
Here are my results!
Step 3: Draw your design on the mug with a pencil very lightly.
Step 4: Draw lightly on the mug with a fine sharpie over your penciled design. Please note that this is just the rough idea and does not have to be precise.
- Be sure to read the instructions on your paint, mine says: “For Glass & Ceramics, Waterbase, non-toxic. Clean surface with alcohol. Shake. Clean while wet with soap & water. Air dry 21 days or air dry 1 hour. Place in cool oven, heat to 350°F. Bake 30 min, cool in oven, remove. No direct contact with food. Handwash or top rack dishwasher safe.”
Next, don’t believe all of the directions! A lot of the time you need to judge for yourself. I did not clean my surface with alcohol. I also put mine in the oven a little longer than stated. Of course direct contact with food or skin is not a good idea, but it is non-toxic and AP rated so overall it should remain safe!
For painting my design I used small bristle brushes. It is okay if your design is not perfect the first time!
Step 7: Put on another layer of paint more precisely if you are picky.
Step 8: Let air dry for about 1-2 hours or more. If you need to leave or do something else it should not matter at this stage. I dried mine for about an hour and a half.
Step 9: Put the mug on a cookie sheet (for extra protection) and place in the oven while it is turned off! I also took out our bottom rack and moved the top one more centered in our oven for a more even consistency, but it shouldn’t matter. After you put the mug in the oven turn the oven on to 350°F. The paint says to let it bake for about 30 minutes, but some people have better luck leaving it in a little longer. I kept mine in for nearly 45 minutes.
Step 11: I did a cleaning test to see how the paint held up. The thin parts easily rubbed off (or would have after a couple of washes, they were my messed up areas anyway) the thicker parts seem to hold up nicely. You probably won’t want to do a cleaning test because that may irritate the paint more. If you have a lot of messed up areas you can easily clean off without hurting your design, this would be an easy time to do so.
Step 12: I used Triple Thick Brilliant Crush-on Gloss Glaze by DecoArt from Hobby Lobby ($3.99 from other crafts I used it on). It is AP rated so not toxic; just don’t get it too close to where people would put their food, drink, lips, or mouth!
I used a clean brush to brush the glaze over my design only!
Wait about 10 minutes for it to dry and then glaze over the design one last time.