Monday, July 30, 2012

Etceteras: sharpie coffee mugs [starfish]


I’m fascinated with the Sharpie mugs that I’ve seen on Pinterest. Have you seen them? A lot of the mugs that I’ve seen have fun, bold illustrations and word art drawn with a black sharpie.



I’m out of practice drawing and sketching and using a big, fat, black Sharpie would be a recipe for disaster for me. Besides, I wanted to draw something nautical and beachy on my mugs.



This drawing was a good solution for “oh my goodness – it’s a permanent market” phobia. Since the design is made up of little dots, I would be less likely to make a mistake.



To make your own Sharpie mug, you’ll need:
  • Mugs {mine are from the dollar store but they are oven and dishwasher safe]
  • Sharpies
  • Pencil – optional


Pick a design and practice drawing it on paper. Hold the paper to the mug to see if you’re happy with your drawing. Once you’re satisfied, draw your design onto the mugs with pencil. Start filling in your drawing with a Sharpie. You can use line strokes or dots like I did.

When you are done with your drawing bake your mugs at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (again, make sure your mugs are oven safe). Let cool. The drawing is now permanent and the pencil marks will wash away.



Since I’m currently obsessed with starfish, I’m thrilled with my new mugs. If only I were sitting on the deck of my beach house drinking coffee out of one of the mugs…



Oh well, one can dream…

Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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33 comments:

  1. Carolyn, those are STUNNING! And I have a dear friend who is a real beach kinda girl so I NEED to make her some of these! THANK YOU for both the post and the idea! HUGS & HAPPY WEEK TO YOU!

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  2. These look so great!! I love that you came up with something so different.

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  3. What a cool idea & who would have thought!

    Happiness :)

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  4. This is so very cute! I have NOT seen the sharpie mug drawings on Pinterest but now I know to try to look out for them thanks to you. I really love your "take" on the trend.

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  5. Love these! They are the best sharpie mugs I have seen!

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  6. Hi Carolyn, I've got 4 words for you: You. Should. Sell. These! Make more and list them in your Etsy shop!!! They are beautiful!
    xoxoxo

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  7. Thanks for the fun idea! I didn't know Sharpies would stand up to washing.

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  8. These are so pretty, Carolyn!

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  9. You should sell them! Your starfish are beautiful! They look like something that would cost a bundle at a boutique at an arts and crafts show ;)

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  10. Super cute! You must have had a lot of patients to do that with a sharpie! Wow! They look beautiful.

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  11. great job carolyn, thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

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  12. I'm going to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. These are amazing! They would make great gifts.

    I would love it if you would share this at the Smart Solutions linky party. You can link up here:

    http://theprudentpantryblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/prudent-projects-and-smart-solutions.html

    Have a great day!

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  14. These are incredible! They look straight out of PB. Thanks so much for sharing at this week's BFF Open House.

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  15. These mugs turned out super cute, Carolyn! :)
    Thank you so much for sharing at {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    You will be featured at this week's party!
    xo! Vanessa

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  16. So gorgeous! Really wonderful idea to do a dot drawing!

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  17. I really really love these Carolyn!

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    1. I featured these today! http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/beach-starfish-coffee-mugs/

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  18. Those are super cute! Love the colors you used and how beachy they feel.

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  19. They are incredible!!! I hadn't realised you could bake sharpie ink to make it permanant for dishwashing - sharpies are fab! Your designs are beautiful - and definitely deck worthy with a view of the ocean.

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  20. My ovens higher number is 220 then next step says MAX. There's no 350. Do you think the MAX would work fine

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  21. If used on plates, would these scratch and actually be safe? Wonder if only ornamental for display on plate. Love these, they are fab. TFS.

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  22. A mug is a sturdily built type of cup often used for drinking hot beverages, such as coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Mugs, by definition, have handles and often hold a larger amount of fluid than other types of cup.

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  23. Carolyn, these turned out gorgeous. Who would have known it would be so simple. Thanks for sharing this. I'm already thinking of Christmas presents. I wonder if it would be safe to do on simple white plates?

    Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

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    1. Hi Tracy, Thank you so much. Another reader asked about plates and I honestly don't know if the Sharpie ink would be safe on a plate. Since you can wash them I would assume they're safe but the best bet is to check with the Sharpie people. They have a great website and they would be able to advise you on the plates. Have fun! Thanks so much for your sweet comment.

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  24. Ihave a question about this project I followed the instructions and the sharpie wiped off.
    I did the names of the children in my daughters class with the teachers name and school year baked at 350 for 30 minutes. I used sharpies from the 80s colors. I used oven proof mugs.
    thanks

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    1. Hi Erin,
      I honestly don't know what could have happened to your mugs. I would recommend checking the Sharpie website. I believe they have a forum or blog where you might be able to ask. Sorry your project didn't work out

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  25. Hi Carolyn,
    can you clarify... the 350 they are baked at - is that 350 degrees Farenheit or 350 degrees Celcius?
    These look like a great, fun project, especailly in gold on white for Christmas, and I'd hate to over or under-cook them.
    Cheers, Tanya

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    1. Hi Tanya,
      It's 350 degrees farenheit. This is a super fun project and you're right, gold on white for Christmas would be amazing! Have fun and thanks so much for visiting here at homework.

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