Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Painted Hearts Ceramic Cup DIY
- cup or tumbler. I bought this one from Target.
- rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad or paper towel.
- paint. I used Liquitex Glossies, which you can find at any art supply store, or online at Dick Blick, etc.
- a small paintbrush. (Ignore that foam brush in the photo; I didn't actually use that.)
- something to mix your paints on and water. (optional because you don't have to actually mix colors if you aren't feeling it; they're fine right out of the bottle.)
I tried out a couple of patterns before deciding to go with hearts...everyone can draw (or in this case, paint) a heart, right? (And it would be super cute to make this for a Valentine's Day gift too.)
I started painting my hearts with a medium teal color that I mixed using blue green, almond, and white. Then I added red purple and dabs of other colors that I mixed to vary my hearts a bit from light blue to dark teal with touches of purple. You can absolutely just use one color straight out of the bottle for all of your hearts, and it would be very cute, of course! The painter in me just can't help but add dimension and texture to everything, I guess.
After you're finished painting, let your cup dry for 24 hours. You can also heat set your cup by placing it in a cool oven, turning the temp to 325°F, and "baking" for 45 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the oven cool completely before removing your cup. (It's important to avoid drastic temperature changes and best to let your cup gradually heat up and cool down with the oven.) Make sure the cup you used is oven safe.
I skipped the last step, as my tumbler is only going to sit on my dresser and hold my makeup brushes. (And my cup is not dishwasher safe anyway; the care instructions on my cup are only to wipe with a damp cloth.) It is important to note that this paint is not food safe. It is ok to paint the outside of mugs or bowls, just make sure to leave about 3/4" at the top of the mug unpainted (where you'd actually be placing your mouth).
my cloud tray from oelwein (that you can see holding the rest of my makeup) as that tray has lots of blues and dark teals also.
One day I'd love to have a vanity table, not that I spend very long getting ready; I've never been very fussy about my appearance. Nevertheless, I do love the idea of having a place to sit and get ready for the day. Our bedroom is very small, as are all the rooms in this house, so for now I'm making do with everything atop my tall dresser. It's lucky, I guess, that the mirror happens to be at eye level for me. In the interest of full disclosure, it's not normally this clean up there. I did remove a few scattered necklaces and rings and the random bits and bobs that always seem to accumulate up there. I think maybe I just need a cute jewelry dish to catch it all. :)
As always, if anyone decides to make their own painted heart cup, please let me know! xo, Mary