Art Techniques | 20 October 2015DIY Painted Mug Set Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Jazz up that plain mug set with Creative Painting & Beyond! These simple, step-by-step instructions show you how to create beautiful, hand-painted mugs that will fit perfectly in your kitchen! I love a good pattern, don’t you? I particularly love a hand-drawn pattern; there’s something very cool about the organic feel of shapes that are slightly imperfect because they’ve been created by hand. These painted coffee mugs couldn’t be any simpler, but the hand-drawn pattern makes them look like something you’d find in a cool indie boutique. Try out the circle pattern, or create your own—you can’t go wrong! Before You Start Painting Flip the bottle of glass paint upside down and pat it on the heel of your hand to work all of the paint toward the tip. This will help guard against air bubbles that might work their way out and make paint splatters on your mug. Materials • Glass paint • Plain coffee mugs • Oven • Paper towels Step 1 Wash and dry the mugs thoroughly. It’s important that they’re clean and dry, with no debris on the surface, so that the paint will stick well. Start painting your pattern! Gently squeeze the bottle until the paint starts flowing, and move the paint around with the bottle tip. It’s easiest to start near the handle of the mug so that you have a point of reference to keep the pattern straight. Be careful not to squeeze out too much paint! Step 2 Continue the pattern until you’re satisfied with the design. Since it’s freehand, there’s no right or wrong way to go. I liked the look of three rows of circles, so I stopped there. But be creative—cover the whole mug if you like! Step 3 Add painted patterns to the rest of the mug set. Use varying patterns, or keep the same design on each mug. You could try varying colors as well! Step 4 Allow the paint to dry and cure thoroughly, according to the directions on your paint packaging (most will require baking in the oven). now you’re ready to fill the mugs with something warm and delicious and sip away! Buy from an Online Retailer US: Full of inspiration, easy instruction, gorgeous artwork, and myriad ideas for artists to explore, Creative Painting & Beyond is sure to bring out the artist in everyone. Learn how to create beautiful and whimsical artwork with Creative Painting & Beyond, a vibrant, interactive book packed with creative prompts, tips, exercises, and engaging step-by-step projects. From canvas artwork and illustrated stationery to hand-stamped tea towels and intricate marbled paper, crafters will enjoy a variety of simple, fun, and colorful projects that make creative painting approachable for artists of any skill level. Leading the charge are several talented artists, who encourage artistic development through a series of painting prompts and exercises designed to get the creative juices flowing and inspire each reader’s journey into painting with multiple mediums, including gold leaf and liquid gilding, acrylic, watercolor, and gouache. Artists will learn how to work with these fun mediums to create stationery, gifts, art projects, home decor, and more by following along with the simple step-by-step instructions, accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs of the process and finished. Blank pages and interactive prompts invite readers to brainstorm, sketch, and collect inspiration for their own projects. Full of inspiration, easy instruction, gorgeous artwork, and myriad ideas for artists to explore, Creative Painting & Beyond is sure to bring out the artist in everyone. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.