Mug Makes – A pen for porcelain

It is said that coffee is simply a mug filled with love, but it’s even better when you’re drinking from a pretty one. So I’ve decided to indulge in February fever and try my hand at a {new} DIY project this weekend and pretty up some boring mugs myself. And I must say I loved it. See for yourself, I promise it is simple, easy and totally rewarding!

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I was darn bored with the white mugs in my kitchen, and not sorry to offer them up as guinea pigs for the project. After all, I can pop out and get the same ones in a wink. I’ve decided to decorate them in a quirky, yet simple design inspired by hearts (ala Valentine’s) and yes, it is totally possible to “write” safely on porcelain using Nerchau PorcelanArt pens (they are odourless) that I got at TrenDIY for R55 each.

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Nerchau PorcelanArt pens (they are odourless) from TrenDIY

This isn’t a bank breaking project, but really a cute idea for gifts to make yourself (adults and kids can have equal amounts of fun) for someone special.

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I kept the designs simple, just to get a feel for it, but totally amped to do something more intricate on a flat surface like a cake stand or platter next time. Simple designs are easier on the rounded mug surface. I used a black pen to draw the basic pattern, and added a dash of red and gold, perfect for Valentine’s Day inspiration, but in the long run, it also has a timeless appeal.

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Drawing with the pens are very simple, they hold well, and the tips aren’t slippery on the porcelain, if you do mess, you have a minute or so to still wipe it off, and do it over.

Once you’re done, leave your makes to air dry for four hours.

After four hours place the mugs/or your makes in a cold oven and heat to 160°C and bake for additional 90 minutes. When the time is up, switch the oven off and open the door and leave to cool.


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PS I call the mug on the left “Die-hartsnaar-bekertjie” (Afrikaans for heart-string mug), and the one on the right is the “Tree of Love”-mug.


Happy Valentines week Lovelies x

  6 Replies to “Mug Makes – A pen for porcelain”

  1. Marli
    February 8, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Too cute! ??

  2. Diedre
    February 9, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Baie baie oulik Gaan kyk vir die Penne !!

  3. Christine
    February 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Can I use the pens to draw on glass? I have 2 old windows (with the glass panes still in) on my garden wall and would love to create a picture on them. I won’t be able to bake them and they will be exposed to the elements.

  4. Christine
    February 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I have 2 old window frames (with the glass panes still in) on my garden wall and would love to paint a picture on them. Can I use the pens? I won’t be able to bake them and they are exposed to the elements.

  5. Misi
    February 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for your question – so many ideas are milling in my head now. Firstly – why don’t you use glass paint? Try your local hardware store for a brand, and the variety of colours are so much more – you’ll be able to make a prettier painting than with the pens. It also doesn’t need baking.
    You’ll need to prime the glass (also with a glass primer) and then you’d be able to paint on it. If you’d like to use enamel paint (oil based) then you can paint a topcoat (clear) over it to keep it in tact against the elements.

    Enjoy your creative project.

    PS Share a pic once your done.

  6. Marida
    March 4, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Hi, is die penne skottelgoewasser veilig?
    Baie dankie

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