Like a lot of people across the world, the first thing on my mind upon waking up is coffee. So naturally, I think the type of container you keep it in should be as unique as you are. A little more than a week ago I went to Polka Dot Pottery with my friend Morgan and group of Gonzaga students for a special event to create a coffee mug.
Painting a mug was really easy, fun and almost therapeutic. I gave my ceramic cup a striped design with a blue, seafoam green and periwinkle color palette. I've always been attracted to those varying shades of blue (that happen to be the color scheme of my apartment). I think what made the whole process so much fun is that I didn't try to make it look perfect, I used broad strokes of paint that created slightly varying stripes. Finally, I added the phrase "but first, coffee" to the mug.
We picked up our pottery on Friday and I really liked how it turned out. It's so cool to have a personalized mug that I paid less than a dollar for due to the special event Polka Dot Pottery was having for students. I love waking up to this cup now and thinking of the great time I had with Morgan making it.
I totally recommend going to your local pottery studio and painting something for yourself because it's so much fun and a great way to bond with your friends. You can even do this activity at home. Here are some simple instructions on how to make your own cute cup.
- Plain ceramic mug
- Rubbing alcohol
- Acrylic enamel paint
- Small craft paintbrush
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. While you wait, wipe a plain ceramic mug with rubbing alcohol to get rid of oils, lint and dirt.
- Paint your cup with a small craft paintbrush and as many different acrylic enamel paints as you want. I recommend three coats of paint for even, complete coverage.
- When you're done painting the mug, place it in the oven for 30 minutes.
- When 30 minutes are up, turn off the oven and let the mug cool while still inside the oven.
- Remove the cup once it's completely cooled and enjoy with your favorite hot beverage. Wash the mug by hand to save the design from fading or chipping via the dishwasher.
Here are some design inspirations I plucked from Pinterest.