I came home from the thrift store the other day armed with an armful of mugs: I love the word “mug!” It’s fun to say – the way it starts with an mmmm- and ends with a short, round -ugg.
And mug has multiple meanings. A mug is a useful container from which to sip tea or cocoa or coffee. And a mug is something you can make tasty microwave cakes in. And a mug is a face! So what I’m doing with these thrifted mugs is putting mugs on them.
But you don’t need to mug me for them (though maybe mug me for the pun..). You can make your own!
I’m sure you’ve all seen Sharpie mug tutorials around the interwebs. They’re very straight forward, but here’s my quick take on it.
- Choose a mug of low quality. The glaze will absorb the Sharpie better.
- Clean your ceramic mug well, which means washing in soap and hot water, followed by a quick rub-down with rubbing alcohol.
- Draw on it with a Sharpie or similar permanent marker
- Bake at 425 degrees for 40 minutes. Leave the mugs in the oven while it’s preheating and while it cools.
I design and sell artisan mugs on my etsy shop, and also make them for fun gifts. The mugs I’ve made so far will be posted in my shop once they’re baked (right now I’ve only done through step 3). The style I use the most is called stippling, which is the practice of making up a picture with lots of tiny dots. However, it’s only one way you can decorate a mug. If you try something on your mug and don’t like it, you can wash it off fairly easily before it’s baked. For small touch-ups, use rubbing alcohol and a q-tip.
My favorite things with which to adorn mugs are animals, particularly their faces. Hence, mug mugs! The hardest part is deciding what animal should go on what style mug. I like to match the general shape of the animal with that of the mug. Now without further ado, and for your own inspiration, here are some of the mug mugs I’ve been working on!