Friday, 29 March 2013

DIY: Hand Painted Mugs

 Hand Painted Mugs!
Tried using a vinyl stencil, didn't quite work
Many of you have probably seen these hand painted mugs they have been popping up over Pinterest as well as Etsy.

Probably one of my favourite pins I have found was done back in 2011 by the Wit & Whistle, and their DIY post about how to make these hand painted mugs.

 This was certainly something I wanted to try! I went to my local Michael's store and found they were sold out of the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paints/markers. Instead I found some in the United States on Amazon, I bought Gold, Turquoise, White, Abyss Black and Silver. 

I had read some mixed reviews about the pens and how they clog/dry up really quickly so I opted for the paints. They were a little harder to work with but in the long run have lasted longe

The process is fairly simple, clean your mug from any dust and dirt let it dry and start painting! Nice thing about the Pebeo paints is if you make a mistake water will remove it.

Although the longer they have sat out drying the harder this is to do -trust me-. Then when you have finished your mug you will need to follow the directions on the paint/marker, let it dry for 24 hours and you can put them in the oven for 35 minutes at 300 F (150 C). Easy!!

 One thing I did try was using a vinyl decal (we do that now by the way) to make a stencil for some lettering. As you can see it turned out okay but there was a bit of smudging when the decal was removed as you cannot put the vinyl in the oven.
Used teapot from Value Village and a new mug both painted!
So if you like to paint or do it yourself give this magical paint a try! It is recommended that you hand wash the items with a non-abrasive sponge after they have been cured. I have put both the  teapot and the matching dotted up in the dishwasher a few times and had no problems.

There is another method! The Sharpie Marker method. Apparently you can use a regular Sharpie marker on a mug and put it in the oven at 350 F for 35 minutes and it will have the same effect as the Pebeo paint. I haven't tried this method but a few other bloggers have and you can check out their DIY Posts here: My Sister's Suitcase, The Sweet Occasion, and Hi Sugarplum.
My friend did this one!

And if you don't feel like painting or finding a Sharpie marker you can always check out Etsy for some pre-made hand painted mugs. I made a treasury (below) that you can see all the awesome options out there.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

I swear I'm not dead!

Seriously, I am not dead... just productive!

 In the past little while I am proud to say that Bayleaf Buttons has EXPANDED into bigger things.
       Sure... you just forgot to blog and are blaming it on being 'productive'. 
No seriously head below the jump to see what we have been up to!

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