Use ceramic paint to embellish a plain cup
I've been looking for a cup or tumbler to hold my makeup brushes and pencils for a few months without a lot of luck. Everything I liked was either too tall or too wide, and everything that was the right size just wasn't all that cute. So I decided to paint my own, and you can too! It's really easy. :)
What you'll need:
- cup or tumbler. I bought this one from Target.
- rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad or paper towel.
- paint. I used Liquitex Glossies, which you can find at any art supply store, or online at Dick Blick, etc.
- a small paintbrush. (Ignore that foam brush in the photo; I didn't actually use that.)
- something to mix your paints on and water. (optional because you don't have to actually mix colors if you aren't feeling it; they're fine right out of the bottle.)
The first step is to wipe down your cup with rubbing alcohol and avoid touching it as much as possible before applying your paint. You'll also want to take the tops off your paints and stir them really well.
I tried out a couple of patterns before deciding to go with hearts...everyone can draw (or in this case, paint) a heart, right? (And it would be super cute to make this for a Valentine's Day gift too.)
I started painting my hearts with a medium teal color that I mixed using blue green, almond, and white. Then I added red purple and dabs of other colors that I mixed to vary my hearts a bit from light blue to dark teal with touches of purple. You can absolutely just use one color straight out of the bottle for all of your hearts, and it would be very cute, of course! The painter in me just can't help but add dimension and texture to everything, I guess.
Here's a closeup so that you can see the variations in color a little better. You can also see how the paint dries to a high gloss finish. This paint is sort of slippery on ceramic surfaces and takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you're accustomed to "the tooth" of canvas or paper, but it really is a gorgeous paint.
After you're finished painting, let your cup dry for 24 hours. You can also heat set your cup by placing it in a cool oven, turning the temp to 325°F, and "baking" for 45 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the oven cool completely before removing your cup. (It's important to avoid drastic temperature changes and best to let your cup gradually heat up and cool down with the oven.) Make sure the cup you used is oven safe.
I skipped the last step, as my tumbler is only going to sit on my dresser and hold my makeup brushes. (And my cup is not dishwasher safe anyway; the care instructions on my cup are only to wipe with a damp cloth.) It is important to note that this paint is not food safe. It is ok to paint the outside of mugs or bowls, just make sure to leave about 3/4" at the top of the mug unpainted (where you'd actually be placing your mouth).