Painted Tiles

I decided to paint some tiles with my birds, using Pebeo Porcelaine paints (which are dishwasher proof after drying for 3 days, then baking for a half hour in the oven).

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It was fun painting with the Pebeo paints. They are more like watercolors; most colors are transparent, and require several glazes to build up color. I have tested my mugs (some of which are at a local art gallery) in the dishwasher, and they do hold up well.

So, overall: these work well, and I can mix them a lot more easily than the oil-based markers, so I will probably use these in the future for porcelain painting.

I would love to hear from other artists about their experiences with porcelain painting. What works for you? Any other tips? Any negatives? I know others would like to hear, too.


Cardinal Cup

I am still working on learning how to paint coffee mugs using different media. Here, I painted a female cardinal using oil-based sharpies that I baked.

Coffee Cup with female cardinal painted on it

Female Cardinal Cup

I like the way the colors turned out. Next, I am painting some cups with Pebeo Porcelaine paints, which I understand are more permanent. I have one almost done, and will post how it turned out next time.

I also plan on painting some ceramic tiles that I got, after doing a series of cups. I am really enjoying the process of painting on porcelain. The cleanup is a lot faster than with oil paints!


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.



Shhhhh…..Secret Birthday Present

I have a friend who is an avid bird watcher like me, so I decided to experiment, and paint a bird cup for her birthday next week. Here’s the result:

chickadee mug

I first painted the chickadee with acrylics, then coated it with several coats of clear enamel paint. I know that ideally, I would paint the bisque ware with ceramic paints and fire it, but didn’t have time. I also bought some oil-based sharpie markers (the kind that you bake), I plan to experiment with them, and will share the results in a few weeks.

Anyway, my friend never goes online, so my secret is safe. And, it was a lot of fun to paint!

Photo credit: chickadee is based on a wonderful photo by David Slaughter at Wet Canvas artist’s forum, in their reference library ( I am a member  of Wet Canvas, and can’t recommend it enough). Since this was a private gift, and not a gallery sale item, I didn’t use one of my own photos for the reference.