How to decorate your own coffee mug by sponging Dala Ceramics @ Home colours over simple cutout designs and masking tape.
- Any 3 Dala Ceramics @ Home colours. (we used #19, #17, #9)
- Optional highlight colour # 13.
- One or more white glazed mugs
- Masking tape and stickers (price tag type, stars etc.)
- Photocopied pictures (for stencils)
- A pair of scissors.
- A sponge
- Wooden kebab sticks
- Paper toweling
- A bowl of water
- Steel wool
- Cut your design out of
the photocopied picture stencils and place into the bowl of water to
- Clean the surface of the
mug thoroughly using 50 % vinegar and 50% water solution and a piece of
- Use the masking tape to
define square or rectangular areas on the surface of the mug.
- Arrange the wet stencils
on the mug in the design you want. Note that the wet paper stencils will
cling to the surface without requiring any adhesive.
- Fold paper toweling into
pads. Mop up any excess water by dabbing the whole surface (and the
stencil/s). Make sure that the water does not cause the masking tape to
- Sponge the Ceramics @
Home colours over the entire surface. You can create exciting effects by
varying the thickness of the paint and overlapping the colours.
- Remove the stencils and
masking tape immediately after sponging. Avoid allowing the paint to dry
on the stencil, as this will affect the finished quality of your
- Use the kebab stick to
draw patterns and designs into the freshly applied paint.
- You may use the kebab
stick to paint dots/stripes/lines into the (white) areas left free of
stencils and tape.
- Allow the completed
artwork to cure for at least 24 hours before heat setting. Pre-heat your
oven to 150’ C and bake for 40 minutes. Allow the oven to cool off
before removing your artwork. Increased temperatures may improve
adhesion but may darken certain colours.
- Buff the surface with
steel wool to smooth away any roughness resulting from scratching into
Smudged paint or unwanted marks may be removed by scratching off with a kebab stick or by using water on
a ear bud before curing and heat setting. Ceramics @ Home will withstand repeated dishwasher cycles (Medium
to low heat setting).
Project by Maret Cronje Art Center: (ph) +27 ( 021) 557 6402
- A slight odor will emanate during baking.
- Although Ceramics @ Home is a non-toxic product, it is not recommended for direct contact with food.
Be sure to paint on the outside of coffee cups or on the rim of plates only.