More cup painting

I’ve decided to try hand painting ceramic cups with oil-based sharpie markers and baking them. The first two, I baked at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.  The second two, I baked at 350 degrees for the same time. Here’s the result:

I had seen recommendations for both temperatures online. At the higher temp, the colors bake out and turn grayer; I also lost my whites (they turned yellow on the jay). At the lower temperature, the colors retain their bright hues.

I then tested both batches in the dishwasher, and they all came through fine. Although if I give them as gifts, I will tell people “handwash only.” So, I learned some interesting things about painting cups.

I did have a friend commission four cups for her mother, after she saw the ones on the right. And the great part is that the cups are inexpensive; I bought them at thrift stores for 25 cents each; I got a set of 8 blue cups at this price, and 2 white mugs.



8 comments on “More cup painting

  1. They are beautiful, what a fabulous idea. When I get my art printed on cups they cost ten dollars each and the cups are quite ugly. This way you can get beautiful old cups and create unique one off art pieces.

  2. momsfun2 says:

    This is a great idea!

  3. Samuel says:

    Awesome idea. I am an intermediate ceramics student and always finding ways to brighten my work. This is great – one I haven’t thought about. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. greycatt1a says:

    Awesome – really appreciate your blog article. As an intermediate ceramics student I am always looking for new and ingenious ways to paint on ceramics.

  5. I did not realize you could use oil markers on ceramics. Do you have to be careful to use something that won’t crack in the heat? Your bird mugs are beautiful.

    • Thank you for your kind comment! Yes, you can use markers, you need to bake them at 350 degrees for a half hour to make them semi-permanent. I bought a cheap set of the Sharpie oil-based markers, but there are a lot of different brands online that are made for this purpose. (Note: regular “permanent markers” will NOT work). After trying them, I switched to the Pebeo Porcelaine paints, since they are more permanent.

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