Have you ever surfed Pinterest and thought “I want to do that!”… Go on. You know you have!
Well I’ve always looked at those doodle mugs and bowls, made using sharpies and a hot oven, and lusted after them. So last night I decided it was time to try it. I had my sharpie, some bowls and Orange is the New Black on Netflix.
I’ve always doodled lines and curls, so I decided to follow some of the examples I saw on Pinterest that I liked, combining some of my own elements and some I saw on other’s projects.
The good: It was easy to do. The sharpie glides on easily, its really pleasant to draw on the ceramic surface.
The bad: baking them discoloured areas of the bowls and trying to get the brown bits off rubbed off the drawing too.
I wasn’t overly fussed about perfection, I wanted them to look handsketched and imperfect. I achieved that….
What I learned: Probably best to use new bowls/mugs etc. The bowls I used had been used, mainly for breakfast cereal, and they discoloured in areas I suspect there were traces of milk left. A bit around the inner rim, a bit on the side where it might have dribbled…
I did what the Pinterest links suggested: I baked them in a high oven for 1 hour then let them cool before removing them.
And before you ask, YES, I do wash my dishes… they LOOKED clean… Maybe I should have wiped them over with pure alcohol before drawing on them… something to try next time.
The tiny bowl which had had olives in it did not discolour… interesting…
I’m not really happy about the rubbed off and discoloured bits… Still, they look pretty on my little kitchen shelf. I just wouldn’t recommend doing this on a plate which will need to be scrubbed to clean, I don’t think the drawings will last well enough on those.
I have 2 more of the white bowls to do, I’ll try alcohol on them and see if it makes a difference.
Another link suggested using a clear varnish as an alternative to baking. I might give that a try too… I was just concerned about putting food in a bowl I’d sprayed with varnish… but its the inside you put the food in… as long as the varnish doesn’t go yellow with time that might be an option to try later on.
Note: make sure you get all residue of labels off the bottom. That tends to burn and create more brown stains around the bottom of the bowl…