My mother is an amazing artist, and her favorite medium to use is watercolor. She would take me to the beach when I was little, and I can remember watching her paint the sky and the sea as I played in the sand close by. Watercolors are kind of like a force of their own. The pigments and water blend together to create a swirling ombre palette, and it’s hard to tell which way the color will move next.
I purchased some porcelain white mugs, and I wanted to see what would happen if I used a watercolor technique on them. The result is beautiful and simple, and you can use the mugs to sip a hot drink, or place around as a decor element. Here’s how I did it…
What you need:
It doesn’t take much work to start getting the watercolor effect on your mug. Take a wet paintbrush, and dip it into whatever color porcelain paint you desire. The more water you add, the more the color will run. Start painting your mug. I started at the top and let the paint drip down to the bottom.
Once your mug is completely painted and dry, place it in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. This will allow the porcelain paint to bake so it doesn’t chip or come off when washing. Make sure all stickers are off of your mug before baking it!
And there you go! I love how organic the running colors look.
Aside from using the mug to drink from, you can also use it to hold dried flower petals, or use it to store rings or other jewelry on a dresser. It’s fun to create pretty little vignettes with these around your room.
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