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« 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
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008 02:02:25 PM »

I love what you did...and yes when ceramics nag you, it really takes away any desire to use them, eh? Fantastic tattoo drawing you did. Really quite cool - WAY cooler than "t e a" Smiley Now you can use 'em for coffee!
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2008 02:12:26 PM »

you did a fantastic job and I find your post quite entertaining lol! The mug is wonderful and I love that you made the heart blue
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2008 02:30:13 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?
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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2008 02:40:03 PM »

I love it! I especially love that you found a way to repurpose something instead of buying new. You're right, there are always TONS of coffee mugs at thrift stores with weird things written on them...I always pass them up because I never thought of doing this to them! 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!
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« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2008 03:09:34 PM »

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.
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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2008 03:15:10 PM »

Oh also, I forgot to mention that you don't need to seal it with anything either. It takes longer to dry than acrylic but, saves you some work.
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« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008 03:18:39 PM »

Love them!
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« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2008 04:32:57 PM »

That is amazing! What a cool idea!
Guess I should confess...I own the Tea mug.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2008 05:03:36 PM »

Love the colors and the design. Very classic!! Awesome idea  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2008 05:51:39 PM »

Great looking mug, I love how carefully you laid out the design! It worked beautifully!!
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« Reply #11 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

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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2008 05:07:34 AM »

that really confused me because i looked at the pictures first and wondered why you'd painted 't e a' on it before you did the design.. cause the tea didn't look all that. then i saw the sort of tracing papery one and realised what was going on.
would've been a lot easier had i just read it as it was written but hey, ho.. the mug is gorgeous. you should sell them. i know a lot of people would prefer those to the regular family (mum, dad, gran, etc.) mugs that you can get. i sure would.
you did a great job   Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2008 08:10:47 AM »

Is it okay to use acrylic paint?
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2008 08:28:05 AM »

This gives me an idea....

I like to use thrift store mugs for fresh flower arrangements for shut-ins and friends in the hospital and hostess gifts (that they can actually use after the flowers are dead), but I limit myself to really nice ones, which adds up, even in thrift stores,...

and there are always a bunch of really ugly ones (which I just shudder at and pass by) that are advertisements or whatever, but they could be totally acceptable if they were painted even just a solid color....

Hmmm! Will start looking for that ceramic paint...where can you buy it?
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« Reply #15 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
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« Reply #16 on: September 19, 2008 06:07:23 AM »

I adore these.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2008 10:00:27 AM »

Awesome and wisted =D What a great idea... Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2008 07:04:13 PM »

That is so awesome!  Great job at covering up the "t e a".  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2008 08:16:22 PM »

pink, Tea & fundork- thanks so much! I appreciate your kind words
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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2008 09:02:04 PM »

Hah, you're a hoot! Demanding ceramics, indeed.
I love it. You did a great job covering it up; all I could see was the "a." You've inspired me to make one for my sister's birthday this month. I drew up a design that I was especially proud of but then I got stuck - how do you apply the stencil to the cup? Nevermind, I figured it out. Smiley Annnnd I'm almost done, yay!
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« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2008 06:51:17 PM »

Hah, you're a hoot! Demanding ceramics, indeed.
I love it. You did a great job covering it up; all I could see was the "a." You've inspired me to make one for my sister's birthday this month. I drew up a design that I was especially proud of but then I got stuck - how do you apply the stencil to the cup? Nevermind, I figured it out. Smiley Annnnd I'm almost done, yay!


awesome! you'll have to post the finished product!
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« Reply #22 on: October 22, 2008 10:59:05 PM »

oOo I didn't post it cuz I didn't want to steal your thunder but here goes.
I think I used the same paint you did. Unlike you, I didn't do a very good job photographing it hah. (Maybe I just feel the need to destroy things, but I tried scratching the paint off after baking it to see how well it holds up. If you did the same, did yours scratch off a little?) In any case, it's not nearly as good as yours, but I'm not much of an artist anyway.
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« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2008 07:11:11 PM »

no way it turned out great!!

I did scratch at mine a little when I baked it and the paint didn't budge. I also let it cook longer than the instructions said and left it a very long time to cool.
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« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2008 09:35:15 PM »

Aw thanks Smiley
Hmmm I followed the directions to a T. I let it sit in the oven while it was heating up and while it was cooling down, until the cup was cool to the touch again, and baked it exactly as long as it said to. So I think next time I should keep that in mind...bake it longer. I've never put ceramics (or paint!) in the oven, so I was worried I would screw it up somehow.
Anyhoo, you're awsome and such an inspiration so thanks  Grin
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« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2008 10:50:06 PM »

Aw thanks Smiley
Hmmm I followed the directions to a T. I let it sit in the oven while it was heating up and while it was cooling down, until the cup was cool to the touch again, and baked it exactly as long as it said to. So I think next time I should keep that in mind...bake it longer. I've never put ceramics (or paint!) in the oven, so I was worried I would screw it up somehow.
Anyhoo, you're awsome and such an inspiration so thanks  Grin

thank you! I'm a firm believer that directions were made to be tweaked Smiley granted I've probably almost seriously injured or killed myself a time or 2 by ignoring directions (or warning labels) but I'm richer for the experience.
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« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2009 11:03:07 PM »

I love the mug! You guys are so creative on here!

I'm wanting to create some black and white damask plates for dessert stands at my wedding. Would you guys suggest the paint pen or the paint for my project? Which do you think would be easier to work with?
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« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2009 10:35:58 AM »

What a great project!  I have always wanted to try that paint but never worked up the nerve, but now that I know yours didn't scratch off ... maybe I'll have to try it!  Thanks for the inspiration.
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That is amazing! What a cool idea!
Guess I should confess...I own the Tea mug.  Roll Eyes

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