For best results, start by washing the crockery with water (a dishwasher is ideal for this) and wipe over with methylated spirits. Thorough cleaning is essential before you begin mug painting in order to remove any invisible protective film applied during manufacture. The creamy consistency ensures an even distribution of colour, without drips forming. Only paint the outside of the mug and leave a paint-free gap around the outside rim.
The tip of the edding porcelain brushpen is very flexible, allowing you to create very fine lines or broad brush strokes. We recommend drawing an outline of your design first (the star motif, for instance) using the brush-shaped tip of the pen, before holding the pen flatter to colour it in. Intricate details or letters are easy to achieve with the fine brush tip. Before writing the word "coffee" across the star, allow the blue ink to dry first, to prevent the colours from running together.
If you make a mistake, simply wipe it off with a damp cloth or a cotton bud. Corrections can be made at any time up until the design is fixed by baking in the oven. Once the design is complete, leave it to dry for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 160°C, place the painted cup on a cold oven rack, slide it into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Leave it in the oven to cool afterwards. After baking, your personalised coffee mugs will be dishwasher-safe.
Products and materials
- White coffee mugs made of porcelain or oven-proof ceramic
- "Coffee" or spirals template (optional)
- Water and methylated spirits for initial cleaning
- A damp cloth or cotton buds to wipe off any mistakes
- A domestic oven
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