~Personalized with a Sharpie~
This project is definitely not new. I bet you’ve even tried it…
It’s the “write on a white mug with a Sharpie…bake it…it’s good to go…”
Can you believe I haven’t tried it?
Valentine’s Day seemed like a good time to try it…
My first stop was the Dollar Tree, but solid white mugs were nowhere to be found. I did score these great mugs at Walmart.
A lot of people have used the standard Sharpie for this project, but I read online that the Oil-based Sharpies are best. And since they were on sale at Michael’s, I picked one up.
When I got home with my supplies, I pulled out my adhesive letter stencils. (Pardon the black paint from earlier projects) I chose two designs…LOVE and some initials.
I applied the stencils and used the marker as I would paint. In fact, this oil-based Sharpie was a lot like paint on the mug.
The stencils that had been used before didn’t work that great. There was definitely some bleeding.
Using a technique I learned at a local pottery painting shop, I scratched away the excess using a toothpick. It actually works really well.
I wanted to add an arrow to both designs, to match my napkins, so I used Frog Tape to get a straight line. Can you believe I found the one thing that Frog Tape doesn’t work on?! Major bleeding under the tape!
I grabbed the toothpick again…and added the arrow-head and fletchings to my arrows.
My designs are finished and I’m letting them dry for 24 hours. Tomorrow I’ll be placing them into my cool oven, heating it to 425 degrees and baking them for 30 minutes. I’ll also leave them in the oven while it cools. This process will set the ink and allow the mugs to be completely washable.
I’ll give you a full update on them after I’m completely done and I’ll share them along with my completed Valentine’s table for two later.
*UPDATE: The color of the red darken after the mugs were baked in the oven. I tried the process again, without baking them in the oven. The Sharpie Oil-based Paint Makers are resistant to water and fading, but I plan to hand-wash the mugs to preserve the design.
Are you planning a special dinner for Valentine’s Day? What special plans do you have?