08 August 2011

Crafty in the Kitchen

Hello and Happy Monday!

This week, I'm giving a new look to these
white dinnerware, some I found in my
cupboard and the rest I got at the
thrift store.

I'm using this special pen. It's called the Pebeo Porcelaine 150
in black (but there are other colors available). I got it
at Michael's and I know you can get it at other craft
or art stores. I learned about it from Design Mom.

Today, we'll work on this mug:

Make sure to wash and dry it.

Using the pen, I made freehand drawings.

Squiggly lines, circles, diamonds...
I could have concentrated on one area
but I got a little carried away.

If you prefer undecorated mugs, you can still use the pen
by writing secret messages at the bottom.
That way, when you lift the mug to your mouth,
your sweetie from across the table {and I hope
it's YOUR sweetie!} will get the message.

Allow to dry for a full 24 hours.

Then it's time to put it in the oven to
keep the ink permanent.

Place the mug on a sheet pan while the oven is off.
Preheat oven at 300 degrees F (or 150 degrees C).
When the oven is at the right temperature, start
your timer and bake for 35 minutes.
Then let cool (I turned the oven off after
35 minutes and left the mug inside until
the oven was no longer hot).

I must admit I was apprehensive with this
part because I was afraid the ceramics
would crack. I told myself, "There's only
one way to find out".

Thankfully, my mug survived the heat.
And now I've got a mug that went from
blah to TADA!

On the package, it says that the colors are resistant
to the dishwasher. However, some reviews online
say otherwise. I haven't tried and have kept to
hand washing just to be sure.


  1. These are awful lovely-cute, Claire!

  2. Wow, this is so cool! I need to get my hands on those pens - the possibilities are endless :-)

  3. It's quite addicting once you have the pen! Thanks Gloria! :)

  4. Ohhh! I need to get one of these pens! What a neat project and a great way to refresh dishes!

  5. It's a fun project Katie! Thanks for visiting :)

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving an encouraging comment! Love having newbies leave me messages!

    Love these mugs! So cool!!! It's fun to doodle!


  7. Thank you for visiting me as well Kim! :)

  8. Amazing idea! What a cute gift this would make.

  9. Thanks Kara! I agree...personalized gifts are the sweetest :)


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