As promised, in this blog I will be sharing with you some hand made crafty gift ideas for Mother's Day. The initial ideas for the mugs and gingerbread man shaped biscuit have been taken from and adapted accordingly from 'Craft Beautiful' magazine, Issue 264, March 2014. However the actual mug and biscuit packaging designs are my own. The card and sentiments used are also my original design (all copyright of Just Creative Julia 2014 - to get the legal bit in there!).
First up, for this part 1, the Sharpie painted mugs. Doing my research on ye old Google in terms of best practice for baking to get a really good dishwasher safe finish, I found a fab crafty blog, Craftaholics Anonymous, that gave a culmination of tried and tested tips. I've used this blog to gather my final instructions for baking. At the end of this post you will find the link for it if you want to check it out.
This photo shows my first attempt where I wasn't aware of how the original colours actually changed after baking in the oven! The second attempt underneath shows my adapted design for the desired colours I wanted. For example, red turned orange, orange turned red, yellow turned brown, purple turned green/blue and vice versa! So do bear that in mind when doing yours, perhaps decorate a mug for yourself that doesn't matter so much if the colours come out different to first planned.
Step By Step - DIY Painted Mug
Top tip: It seems the cheaper the mug, the better in terms of getting that dishwasher safe finish! Something to do with a cheaper mug having a cheaper glaze, therefore it makes it easier for the Sharpie pens to do their magic and really bake on without the interference of expensive glaze getting in the way! So weigh it up, does your Mum hate hand washing? Then you may need to sacrifice the bone china in order for the design to last that bit longer! Alternatively, if you know she wouldn't mind the hand wash, then by all means, go for a daintier, more expensive mug. Just warn her of such!
So that concludes part 1 of my Mother's Day crafty makes. I have a really busy week this week but I'm hoping/praying I'll have the energy to follow through and give you the other 2 parts before Sunday if you fancied having a go yourself. Part 2 will be the biscuit and part 3 the card to finish on. Watch this space! I welcome your comments as always, so feel free to get in touch.
Blog credit: http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/21-tips-for-diy-sharpie-marker-mugs
I'm Julia, Just Creative Julia, jolly pleased to meet you!
Welcome to my creative lifestyle blog, established 2014. My main sections are: creativity including crafting, poetry and interior design; well being including mental health, recipes and my faith in God; personal including parenting and my general introvert deep thoughts. You can also have a browse in my mug shop and Etsy shop.