Recently while I was painting some watercolor flowers, I kept thinking how beautiful watercolors would look on ceramics.
Inspired by the arrival of spring I decided to recreate a watercolor flower painting onto this DIY Sharpie mug!
I did not plan for this to be an Anthropologie knock off, but this little mug somehow reminds me of those hand painted ceramic bowls, plates and mugs from Anthropologie that I love so much!
The other great thing about creating sharpie art on ceramics is that if you make a “mistake”, just scrub it off with a sponge before sealing and repeat as many times as you want.
In this tutorial, I will share a detailed video and step by step photos on how to create watercolor style designs on a ceramic mug, and how to finish it for different uses.
Here’s a watercolor flower painting I made, which I used as a guide for the sharpie mug.
Of course you can create your own designs- Here’s a tutorial you may enjoy: paint watercolor flowers in 15 minutes!
Materials and tools:
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- Permanent markers: I used Sharpie assorted color makers ( no need to use oil-based kind) , and Bic Fine Point Makers 36 color pack . They work equally well. You don’t need both, just pick a pack that has lots of nice colors!
- A white ceramic mug or anything you want to draw on
- Gloss finish Mod Podge or any kind of clear sealer for ceramics. A foam brush is great because it does not leave brush marks. More about applying finishes at the end.
Below is the video tutorial –
Step 1: Start with flowers
Use light shades of pink and yellow, fill in the basic shapes of a few flowers to start.
Step 2: Add layers of details
Add interesting details such as stamens, petals, etc using darker colors. The layers of colors create a watercolor style look.
Step 3: Add fillers and leaves
Tiny flowers are great as fillers.
Here is a really useful tip when creating leaves – Continue To Next Page…