Oh my goodness, you guys. This tutorial has been on my to do list since last fall. Finally got ‘er done and in video form, no less! Whoohoo!
So, I bet you’ve seen these watercolor inspired mugs hanging out on Pinterest and the interwebs but they are all made out of nail polish. Nail polish is toxic (only about as toxic as sticking your fingernail in your mouth… but still), it’s also not dishwasher safe, so when you’re giving it as a gift, know it likely won’t last long. The scariest part of this trend is that nail polish is not microwave safe – it’s flammable, y’all. So, if you reheat your coffee three or four times a day like I do and you’ve got nail polish all over your coffee mug, you better have a home warranty and a fire extinguisher.
I made these particular ones early this spring and they still look just as good as they did on day one and I microwave them all the time.
The paint you need is Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paint. It’s transparent and made for glass, not ceramic, but that’s part of what accomplishes the watercolor look. It’s a lil’ ol’ 8 bucks a pop on Amazon, and if you buy three; the primary colors, you can basically make any other color you want. The mugs are a dollar each at the Dollar Tree. So, if you have 50 people on your gifting list, you can get ’em all taken care of for under a hundo in just one weekend. How ’bout that?!
Here ya go!