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31  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: "Mom" tattoo cover-up on repurposed mug on: September 18, 2008 10:41:49 PM
Is it okay to use acrylic paint?
nope, I used Pebeo ceramic paint, it's a special paint that's dishwasher safe

Hmmm! Will start looking for that ceramic paint...where can you buy it?
I got mine at Artmart, but I know they also have it at Dick Blick, but the color selection is always limited so I'm looking into buying some more opaque colors online
32  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: "Mom" tattoo cover-up on repurposed mug on: September 17, 2008 08:51:34 PM
Fantastic! I have a dozen mugs with some corporate logo on them... I really need to do this.

What sort of prep did you do?

Any tips?

no prep, you can paint right on the ceramic. I've got etching cream which might take the design off, too. Almost like laser removal Smiley

1 shot paint really is the way to go. I use it on everything from leather to wood and glass. It's opaque and flexible so it won't crack if you use it to paint purses. It's sign painter's paint so it's also good for stuff that will be outdoors, and it's used to pinstripe cars so it's SUPER permanent. If you can't find it in your local art supply store check out Kingpin Tattoo supply.

I've actually been pricing one shot, I'm definitely going to order some but I've always got to find myself a deal. The only reason I would use Pebeo is that it's dishwasher safe & non-toxic, I wouldn't want to poison my customer's mom. Have you washed one shot before?

So if I were to do this, I would want to find mugs that had simple drawings on them or something in similar colors to what I was doing, right? So that it would blend in? Ahh you're a genius Smiley
Thanks for the inspiration!


I would say simple drawings are the way to go, and thank, I'm definitely not a genius, just an industrious insomniac Smiley

That is amazing! What a cool idea!
Guess I should confess...I own the Tea mug.  Roll Eyes

that's hilarious!!! The mug itself is great, I wished I could find more cuz they're huge and the handle is cool. Can I just express how much I love craftster? I love your lil confession Smiley

33  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / "Mom" tattoo cover-up on repurposed mug on: September 17, 2008 01:57:18 PM
alright, I wasn't sure where to put this but I guess since I had to use Pebeo Ceramic Paint and the item was originally ceramic, it goes here?
p.s. omg that paint is a serious pain in my butt.

my idea: I had a customer who wanted a "Mom" tattooed heart mug. Rather than buying new, I always try to repurpose things. So how many of us have seen a ga-zillion perfectly happy and functional ceramics in thrift stores with something stupid on them that makes people get rid of an otherwise perfectly good liquid receptacle?
I figured I would apply my tattoo skills to the mug and treat it like a tattoo cover-up, by tracing the original design and drawing a design over that one (yep, that's how we do it. Not rocket science)
here is the finished product:


and here's the tracing w/original mug (from World Market, apparently. I bought it for like  $0.30 USD)

frankly, if my mug was instructing me to drink only tea, I might have gotten rid of it too. Demanding ceramics are a drag.

Once I got the design worked out, I drew straight on the mug, making sure that the black parts of the banner lined up with the biggest letter parts.
here's some close-ups, can you spot the tea? it's the same mug!


thanks for looking! if you have any success stories for re-using ceramic mugs, let me know! I'd like to find paint that is more opaque, then I'll start painting mugs like this all the time
34  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tattooed candy dish, jewelry box, toilet seat :) har har har on: September 17, 2008 02:24:56 AM
thank you all so much!!
35  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #31 - Supermarket Sacrilege - Due Oct 1 - Oct 5 2008 on: September 06, 2008 04:22:50 PM
I think this might be my first challenge to enter! I've already got some ideas
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tattooed train case on: September 06, 2008 04:20:27 PM
THANKS so much to all of you! I appreciate it!
I'll have more projects coming soon

I want to see your painted stuff too!!
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tattooed train case on: September 03, 2008 11:47:46 AM
Hope you don't mind, but I found a burgandy train case just like yours at the thrift store today (for $3!) and I am gonna paint mine, using yours as inspiration! Not sure what I am gonna use it for, I may turn it into my camera case!

Yours is gorgeous BTW! I'd let you tattoo old school on me any day! LOL!

I would LOVE it if you posted a pic of your final result, paint away!! Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery  Grin
38  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tattooed candy dish, jewelry box, toilet seat :) har har har on: September 03, 2008 11:46:31 AM

Great fun!  I love it all, but the toilet seat is my favorite.  My own toilet seat is metallic leopard with a chalkboard in the center.

hiLarious!!! what do you write on the chalkboard??



Snarky messages back and forth between my guests and myself, usually.  Some stuff that looks like what you'd have found on school folders back in the day and sometimes drawings that eventually spark more snarky messages back and forth.

Regarding the plastic, the traditional painted wood toilets are very easy to work because they don't have the qualities of plastic.  It's my preference for that reason and because plastic kind of weirds me out in a toilet seat, but I know that's just my own issue.   Wink
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hahaha, I never thought about it, I'm usually just glad that a toilet seat is there and that it's DOWN so I don't fall in.

I've definitely been distracted by some chalkboard bathroom walls in my day. The best part is when I finish a super-cool candy skull (the purse I painted http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurenb_stl/2805565890/ was actually first a design I put on the wall of the water closet in Mamacita's restaurant) and then come back to the group in a chorus "oh, did everything come out okay? somebody went number 2!"
39  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tattooed train case on: September 02, 2008 11:52:48 PM
thank you all so much!!

Gorgeous.  Where do you get your inspiration? 
well, I'm a tattoo artist, so I put the art that I would like to do but rarely, if ever, get the opportunity on my own creations Smiley
Wow! How long did it take you? Thats gorgeous!

I usually paint in batches, and it takes about 3 days in process to get all my items finished. I'd say a few hours total?

I love it. That's really cool. What kind of paint do you use? Is it like acrylics?

I use acrylics, they hold up really well and the color stays bright.

40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tattooed candy dish, jewelry box, toilet seat :) har har har on: September 02, 2008 11:49:51 PM
thank you all so much for the kind words, I appreciate it lots and lots!

Ha ha the toilet seat is classic!  Did you have to rough it up so that the paint would stick to the plastic? 

thanks! I didn't but I wish I would have. I could have easily hit it with some steel wool but I  got ahead of myself. That certainly isn't the last toilet seat I'm going to paint so I'll know better next time.

I love the toilet seat!  I have a pirate themed bathroom and I might have to borrow from your genius!  All your stuff looks awesome.

um, GREAT. I'm all for pirate themed bathrooms, you're my target market Smiley
Great fun!  I love it all, but the toilet seat is my favorite.  My own toilet seat is metallic leopard with a chalkboard in the center.

hiLarious!!! what do you write on the chalkboard??

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