Y’all. I haven’t posted consistently in weeks.
But there’s just something about holidays! It’s like my mind awakens. I keep thinking of ideas, dangit.* And then I just have to make them happen–or else they sit in my head and make me crazy (and that’s the part where I sound insane).
My husband loves Bon Jovi, always has. So when I had this idea in the shower the other day, I knew it was a winner.
We’ve all heard of Sharpie mugs. I did this sweet little one for Modern Parents Messy Kids a while back, and it’s still one of my favorites.
I decided to try a different method this time, though. Just for kicks.
The last one held up pretty well, but it did start to fade after several washes.
So this time, I tried using glass paint markers. You can get them at any craft store and they come in all colors. (Which is already a step up from a Sharpie mug, since the Sharpie colors fade when you bake them.)
Just a note: the markers say “translucent” but they aren’t if you are using them on white ceramic. I actually can’t wait to test them out on some glass projects as well.
As for the process? Just like any other mug project, simply sketch out your design before-hand, then you’re ready to start.
And don’t fret. You can erase as you go if you aren’t happy with the result. Just use a wet paper towel to clean your mistakes and try again.
I didn’t focus too hard on the writing, because I wanted it to look more casual. Same goes for the arrows, and especially the red coloring. I wanted it to look hand-drawn, so imperfection was key.
Then when you’re done, just bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and let cool.
I gave it to Michael a few days early, well, because I couldn’t resist.
He’s been singing Bon Jovi every morning since. Coincidence?
I think not.
*Believe it or not, but I have two more Valentines projects coming up this week. TWO!!! I’m a crafting fool, I tell you!