Porcelain markers are a super-simple way to customise your own crockery. You can keep things really simple and geometric, or you can totally go to town, drawing much fancier things. Once painted and oven baked these ceramics are ready to go. Eat your dinner off them, or hang them on a wall as your very own objet d’art!
Make Hey While the Sun Shines by Pip Lincolne is published by Hardie Grant
An eclectic, bright, and whimsical craft book packed with unique, off beat projects to spark creativity. This is not your standard craft book. There are no baby booties included and pastel colors are kept to an absolute minimum. Pip Lincolne sees everything a little differently, and in Make Hey!, she makes her bright and quirky world accessible to all—young, old, beginners, and advanced crafters alike. If you have a special child in your life, treat them with the adorable Piggyback Pocket Monkey, a monkey-shaped backpack with a hidden pocket. For someone stylish, try a Sweet Ride Bike-Seat Cover to jazz up their push-bike. And while you’re thinking about your next project, perhaps the Huckleberry Bottle Totes as a lovelier way to carry wine, a Geography seat—somewhere to rest or learn a...© 2013 Pip Lincolne / Hardie Grant Books · Reproduced with permission.
Let’s start sketching
First, you need to come up with your design. You can try bold, geometric shapes. Or you can do lovely line drawings. Have a play around with a notepad and pencils until you know what you want to draw. Take your time and come up with something that suits your style.
Next, clean your crockery with window cleaner, making sure it is spotless and super-dry before you begin. Nice work!
Now let’s draw
Shake each pen well before you use it. Get some scrap paper and give the pen a few good presses to get the ink flowing nicely. Now, draw your design directly on the crockery. Smooth, even pressure is best to avoid any lumps or bumps. If you make a mistake, quickly wipe it off with a damp cotton bud or tissue.
You need to leave your drawn-on crockery to dry for 24 hours. So do that. Tap tap! Tick tock! Is it 24 hours later? Good! Let’s fi nish our project off so that it is dishwasher (mechanical or people powered!) safe!
Heat set your design
Preheat your oven to 150ºC (300ºF). Bake your crockery for 35 minutes. Please do not burn yourself. Remove your crockery and allow it to cool! See how the colours get a bit brighter and shinier after you bake it? Ta-dah! How great are these pens?! Set the table and show off your handiwork!
You could decorate ceramic tiles or doodle on some simple knick-knacks if that takes your fancy. Take a step up and learn to use waterslide decals: you can print an image from your computer on your home printer and then apply and seal! How great is that?