Make sure you have all your materials ready before you start. Our photo shows you the main items at a glance. You can use edding porcelain brush pens in blue (colour code 003) and turquoise (014), or choose your own colours.
For best results, start by washing the mug thoroughly in water (a dishwasher is ideal for this), then wipe over with methylated spirits to remove any dust or grease.
Now for the next step: write “Happy Times”, or a sentiment of your choice, using the turquoise porcelain brush pen. The incredibly versatile tip of the brush pen allows you to create very fine lines by applying the tip only, or broader brush strokes by holding the pen flatter. If you make a mistake it’s no problem – simply wipe it off with a damp cloth or cotton bud. When you’ve finished decorating, leave the ink to dry for approx. 15 minutes.
Decorate the small dish in exactly the same way: clean it first, then add your motif with the brush pen in blue or whatever colour you prefer. We went for “Drop it like it’s hot”. If you add a little drawing of a tea bag, it’s easy to see what the dish is supposed to be used for. When you’ve finished painting, leave to dry for about 15 minutes. Lastly, bake the painted items in a pre-heated oven at 160 °C for 25 minutes. You should place them on a cold oven rack before sliding them into the oven. Leave in the oven to cool down afterwards. The designs will then be dishwasher-safe.
For a truly personal gift idea for tea lovers, you could cover the paper labels of the tea bags with small photos or pictures – whatever takes your fancy.
If you don’t have any mini photos, cut out small sections of any you have available.
Products and materials
- Porcelain mug or cup in a light colour
- Small porcelain dish
- Water and methylated spirits for initial cleaning
- Cotton buds and a damp cloth for making corrections
- A conventional oven
- Tea bags
- Mini photos
- A selection of small gifts for tea lovers
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