Tutorial (good for beginners)! decorate your own mug

So I did a tutorial awhile back on making your own mosaic frame that was wildly successful, so I thought I'd post another easy craft. I like things that can be done in varying levels of difficulty (beginner to expert) and that don't require a lot of expensive materials, because lets face it... who has the money for that?! Something that I have had a lot of fun with has been Pebeo Porcelaine pens. It is essentially a permanent marker that writes on glass... permanently.  I love this craft because of its adaptability, and it makes a perfect personalized gift. My favorite glass items to decorate are coffee mugs, because everybody loves coffee, tea, (or at least something they can drink out of a cup... maybe you drink whiskey out of your mug, that's OK too!), but you can use really whatever you want (a vase, plates, bowls, anything glass). The markers come in different colors and are very affordable. If you are just starting out, I'd recommend at least the black one.  From there, let your creative juices flow! If you aren't artistic, you can write a personalized message or use a stamp. For this, all you will need is a mug (or whatever you are decorating), a super awesome, cute stamp (check out your local craft stores), and a pebeo porcelaine pen (preferably in black).  Stamps can be tricky, because on a round surface (like a mug), you have to roll it from left to right, pushing fairly hard, but the end result is amazing and everyone will think you are an artistic genious (even if you're not). If the stamping gets smudged, never fear! You can wipe off mistakes and fill in gaps with your marker pen. When you are getting the stamp inked with the paint, try to get an even coverage of the stamp, but not too thick, because that can cause the aforementioned smudging. If you are feeling really brave, you can use your colored markers to fill in the gaps and embellish the mug even more!

OK, stamps sounds too easy? Draw your own design. Let your imagination run free!  I made a favorite mug for my best friend that had inside jokes, pictures, and quotes all over it! She loved it!

After you have your item decorated to your satisfaction, you follow the directions on the package and bake it in the oven. Then you're done! Everyone will be jealous, and the best part is that the paint is non-toxic and dishwasher safe, so you can do more than just look at your pretty mug, you can actually use it!

Have fun, and be creative!

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