For best results, start by washing the cups with water (a dishwasher is ideal for this) and then wipe over with methylated spirits.
Using the motif as a stencil, print it out in the size required, cut it out and transfer the pattern onto the cup with the porcelain brush pen. We recommend you leave the inside of your cups paint-free and only paint the outside. The tip of the brush pen is very versatile, allowing you to create very fine lines by applying the tip only, or broader brush strokes by holding the pen flatter.
Don’t worry if you make a mistake, you can simply wipe it off with a damp cloth or cotton bud. To create the polygon pattern, use cotton buds to remove thin lines of paint between the shapes to form triangles and squares.
When you’re happy with the design, leave the cups to dry for 15 minutes. The painted design now has to be heat-fixed in the oven. Place it on a cold oven rack, slide it into the preheated oven and bake it at 160°C for 25 minutes. Leave in the oven to cool afterwards. After baking, your hand painted cups will be dishwasher-safe.
Products and materials
- White cups made of porcelain or oven-proof ceramic
- “Cat” and “fish” templates downloaded from our website
- Water and methylated spirits for initial cleaning
- Damp cloth and cotton buds to wipe off any mistakes
- A conventional oven
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