Are you in love with hand painted ceramics as much as I do? And secretly wish you have a whole shelf of glazes and ceramic paints and a kiln?
I know how that feels! 😉
Today’s DIY is kind of an instant gratification for you and me. We are going to pretend that we are ceramic artists, and create our own hand painted designs with… a blue Sharpie marker!
There are three video tutorials to walk you step by step to create each of the three bowls.
Have you seen how many Sharpie mugs on Pinterest that suggest you to bake them at 250 to 450F degrees? Please don’t do it!!
I will share at the end why you should NOT bake your Sharpie mugs, bowls, etc, and what to do instead.
Materials and tools:
( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
- Sharpie or other brands fine point permanent markers . Use the regular, NOT the oil-based markers. Some readers told me oil based markers may rub off when applying mod podge!
- a foam brush , Gloss finish Mod Podge . You can also use Martha Stewart Decoupage Formula or the Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe Sealer: a non-toxic sealer, dishwasher safe after 28 days of curing. Comparison of these at the end.
- white ceramic bowls, mugs, anything
Although the sealer and Sharpie makers are non-toxic, if you intend to drink or eat out of these bowls or mugs, please follow this guideline from Sharpies website:”While Sharpie markers are AP-certified non-toxic, we do not recommend using them on areas of items that may come in contact with food or the mouth, such as the rim of a coffee cup.”
I am using these bowls for things such as candies, fruits and botanicals, such as our lovely indoor plants that are grown in water, see this tutorial for more details!
Let’s start with the easiest one of the three designs!
It’s a fish-scale pattern that you see in a lot of traditional designs from many parts of the world.
Start at the bottom, keep drawing rows of the fish-scale until you reach the top rim.
Add decorative details on each piece of the “scales”.
Simple repetitions can create such pretty patterns, and it is so relaxing to doodle away.
Below is the video, let’s doodle together! ( It also shows what to do if you “mess up”.)
Related DIY: Make these 5 minute designer knobs!
See how easy the first bowl is?