Making a personalized mug, bowl, plate, etc. for someone (or for yourself!) using markers is a fun craft that creates a special, unique piece and can be a great gift! Here are some tips to ensure your artwork lasts..
A common mistake people make when creating artwork on dishes that will be used and washed is using the incorrect type of marker. Permanent ink markers like Sharpies are PERMANENT, right? On some surfaces, yes- but on things like glossy dishes, that get washed over and over, an ink marker’s marks can begin to fade quickly. It’s very important that you use markers that are designed for the surface you are decorating on.
DECORATING YOUR DISH…
-Make sure your dish is clean and dry before starting to paint.
-Using tape or stencils is a good way to keep the paint only where you want it to be. Sketching out your ideas and designs on paper first can be helpful! Even better is having an extra “practice piece” dish to try painting on first. Thrift stores are great places to pick up not only cheap practice dishes, but some good AND inexpensive dishes for your actual project!
-The paint can start to dry very quickly so keep some Q-tips nearby for doing little touch ups if you make a mistake as you are drawing.
-Markers give you great control for drawing details, or if you are using paint- get creative with what you use to apply it- different size/shape brushes, sponges, splatters, stamps, droppers, etc.
-Cheaper mugs sometimes can work the best because the glaze isn’t as expensive and while baking, the ink design will melt more easily into it and last longer.
-Many marker inks including Pebeo paints, even while being non-toxic, recommend that you don’t paint on the parts of your dishes that come in direct contact with food. If you are doing a design on the inside of a plate or bowl, use that dish for decoration only, or to serve wrapped food like candy or cupcakes.
-For decorating Glass, try the Pebeo Vitrea 160 markers! They give glass dishes great glossy or frosted effects!
-Try using the Pebeo Chalkboard Paint to create a chalkboard-like surface that you can re-decorate on again and again!
BAKING IN THE OVEN…
The process of baking your decorated item will seal on the artwork, making it dishwasher and microwave safe! (IF you use paint suitable for dish decorating!) After painting on your design, let it dry for 24 hours (and make sure all stickers on the bottom are removed!) and then put the dish in a cool oven, heat to 300° and bake for 35 minutes, then let it cool back down while still in the oven. (Doing it this way will avoid sudden temperature changes that can damage certain dishes.)
It’s never a bad idea to stick with handwashing your custom painted dishes, but lots of dishes these days tend to find themselves being put through a dishwasher. Here are a few mugs we made using several types of markers. We baked them all in the oven to set the ink. …And then this is what happened to them after being put through the dishwasher just one time…
So the winner by far is the mug decorated using Pebeo Porcelaine 150 markers! Have a look at the color selection with these paints and markers and find the right one for your project! Happy decorating!
Have you made a personalized dish with marker art? Let us know which markers you used and how well the project worked for you!