A tea party!

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Hi Friends!

Today is Friday and therefore I have brought a fun tutorial for you. No history. No long story. Just fun. There is a short story, actually.

Whenever I go to Ikea, I come back with loads of ideas. Because there is a lot of plain stuff in Ikea and it feels like my canvas to which I can add a few pretty touch-ups. Not that plain things don’t have elegance, they do. I, for one, prefer some of my things to be ‘Ikea-ish‘ that is simple, plain, immaculate and a no frill job. But just that ‘Ikea’ equals to ‘Idea’ for me! 🙂 So my Hubz had stocked these plain white mugs from Ikea, which had taken a backseat in the kitchen cabinet, all thanks to new colourful mugs from all the places traveled. I was feeling, kind of, sorry for them. So, one fine day the following events took place.

I painted all our white mugs. And this is how they look now.

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Hand painted mugs by Pastlife Seamstress..

All you need is plain mugs. You can go for coloured ones too, your choice. And Ceramic or Porcelain pens which are heat and water resistant and dishwasher safe. However, don’t use them on them on the eating side/surface. You can substitute it with acrylic colours too, if you don’t have these pens. Only thing you have to pre heat owen at 300 degrees and bake them for 30 minutes. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer of pens/paints as some require baking to make them permanent.

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And these ideas…

Mug # 1 I call it…..

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I dropped a line, using black ceramic pen, from the brim of the cup and drew a small tea bag with a red heart inside. I have made it towards one side rather than centre, to make it look natural. I have gone free hand here. But you can draw/outline, first, using a glass/ceramic marking pencil or  by wet tip of  a simple colour pencil and then using the permanent one.

Don’t worry too much about getting the lines straight. “There are no straight lines in nature. Yet it is so beautiful” (those are my words and belief, by the way). So let them be a bit shaky. It adds to handmade and fun element here. Simple. Isn’t it?

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Moustache motif has been the ‘in’ thing for a while now. You find it on tee shirts, shoes, necklaces, hair accessories and now on mugs too. I found this motif utterly cute and inspiring and decided to sport a ‘moustache’!

On a mug, of course. 🙂

I have drawn it on my mug, by free hand, but you can make a stencil.Like this…

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Prepare a cutout to make this stencil..

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Fix the stencil to the mug (near the brim of cup) using a cello tape and fill in the stencil with colour. You can even use a butter paper for preparing this stencil. It won’t absorb colour and you will get a ‘clean moustache’. I wanted the moustache to look really dark so I have applied three coats of colour. I made these two moustaches, one for Mister and one for Missus.

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Mug #3  I haven’t given a name to these yet. But I made them for my love for dots and Marc Jacobs!!

I first drew an outline of a bow (I love bows and think they are very feminine) and a tie (very masculine, I don’t know if fashion police will agree). And then outline of dots inside, with red. Something like this…

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Fill the colour in carefully, so that the empty dots don’t disappear all together. And you get this…

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Mug # 4  The last and the loveliest…

I drew a simple tree branch in black with some leaves in green. Hung a bird’s cage from a branch. But the bird isn’t there!! Guess what?

It flew on the other mug….

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The last two ideas are totally my brain ‘children’. The first two are certainly inspired but christened by me. That was all. And that simple. Don’t you think its simplicity makes it more amazing?? Let me know. It’s always good to hear from you.

Here are some of my suggestions to use this simple DIY idea.

These mugs are a great idea for gifting. Or having a fun time with your kids, friends, partner.

It is also a fun idea for your kid’s birthday party where you can use white styrofoam disposable glasses to paint instead of ceramics. Since they are in pairs you can play a game and ‘find your pair/partner’.

Or simply have fun taking pictures with them like we did!

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Try it out. Have a great weekend. And happy DIY-ing!

It makes me very happy to hear from you …so keep posting your comments/suggestions 🙂

Comments

  1. these mugs are mine but moustaches are fine
    MOSI & MAUSA ARE SUPER FINE

  2. Love the mugs and loved your post (it draws you in) and the great sense of humor you have.

    • Oh, I forgot to mention…I have something to share too.I once bought a sticker making set in India at a local bookstore. I made Tweety & other Looney tunes cartoons and stuck it to white ceramic cups to gift my mom a personalized set of T cups for her birthday. There are no dishwashers at my home and with hand-washing the colors and the stickers are still intact after 14 years! Some cups broke though.
      LOL 🙂

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      Thanks a lot! 🙂

  3. Very nice ones…. very
    creative… keep going……..enjoy!!!!!!!

  4. khushboo motwani says:

    they are simply creative….indeed… but mam, i would like to know where can i get these ceramic pens from?

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      Hi Khushboo, glad you liked them. I bought them at Kramer and Krieg Papeterie, which is a craft shop here in Switzerland. You can easily find them in craft shops in India too (try Bookmark) otherwise can order them online. If these options don’t work, go for acrylic or glass paints. They work equally well.
      Just that you have to pre heat the owen at 300 degrees and bake them for 30 min. Hope that was helpful.

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      Also, soon, I’m going to feature a post where I have used acrylic colours for glass painting. Stay tuned.

  5. loved the bow tie….:) and the bird and the moush….:)

  6. You are so extraordinarily creative….love your blog!

  7. great idea beautifully crafted,when n what is next coming up?

    • pastlifeseamstress says:

      Thanks a lot. Next project is ready!! Will be here soon. Stay tuned.

  8. Akanksha says:

    Sweet! M sure ikea would love to stock these ! 🙂