• Today, I'll give you a cool and cheap idea of DIY : mug customization. There are LOTS of it on Internet, so I felt like trying this out (plus, I had a fun gift idea to find for Melsaan). 

    You don't need a lot of things for this tutorial : 

    - Some POSCA markers, again, which are pretty expensive but last for long (I haven't counted them in the price since I already had them)  

    - A mug to customize (between 2 and 4 €, internet or creative stores)

    - Some toothpicks

    - Absorbant paper

    - An oven 

    And that's all ! (at least for my version) 


    So ! Time to start. 

    Tuto : le Mug décoré

    First, you should do some trials on a random paper before actually customizing the mug. This way, you'll find the good font, the best way to place the letters, etc... I decided to write "My mug cake Mug", because Melsaan and I love mug cakes (cakes cooked in the microwave, in a mug)

    Tuto : le Mug décoré 

    This is when we really start. I alternated the fonts and colors to give it a nice look.


    Tuto : le Mug décoré

    You may use a flexible paper as a ruler, but DON'T do as I did on the pic : don't let your line touch the paper, otherwise the ink could leak...


    Tuto : le Mug décoré

    A small mistake, an ugly letter ? You can erase it with a humid towel. 


    Tuto : le Mug décoré


    Uh, rectification : you can erase with humid ABSORBANT PAPER. The Posca make stains on the towels. Veeeery hard to remove !


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    Here's another tip ; you can rectify your lines (not straight enough, ugly little bumps on the edges of the letters) with a toothpick ! Once the ink is dried, just scratch with the tip and the ink will be erased easily. You can also use this tool to add some decorations by emptying several zones, as I did on the M and the U.


    Tuto : le Mug décoré


    This tool is also useful to make the shadows look better : if you use the toothpick to get the shadow tip thinner, if follows the curve of the letter instead of ending up as an ugly big thing. 


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    On the bottom of the mug, I wrote "Handmade with love". For the heart, I first drew an entire heart before emptying it with the toothpick once dried. Careful : you must let the black ink dry before adding the red one, otherwise the colors will be mixed together !


    Tuto : le Mug décoré

     Here's the small word I wrote on the handle...


    Tuto : le Mug décoré

    And the back of the mug's design. It's our basic mug cake recipe ;D 


    Tuto : le Mug décoré


    And here's the result of the front face ! (Yes, the final pic is blurred, please congratulate me)


    Now we just have to put it in the oven for 30 minutes at 220°C for porcelain and at 160°C for ceramic.

    After baking, the pattern resists to water, but you'll have to wash it with cold water and the soft side of your sponge in order to keep your masterpiece intact. Some people say that the oil-based Sharpie Markers are lasting better after baking. I haven't tried them yet. 


    That's all for today ! Bye ! 

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