Tuesday, February 8, 2011

how I use porcelaine pens

for awhile now I've been meaning to do a post on how I went about making the plates I posted about here, here & here...and this weekend I finally did it. here are the supplies you'll need:


{note: for some reason I put my orange pen in the photo even though I actually used my black one}

the first step is to create the lettering - for the plates I made previously I used the home sweet home font which I found via this post on how about orange. this time however I wanted something different so I looked through some of my vintage cross-stitch books:


I used my computer to size & re-create my favorite using the "x" from the font but you could just do it by hand or with graph paper.


next tape carbon paper onto the back of the printed design:


then tape the combo onto the ceramic item - since mine was curved I cut in certain places to help the paper lay flat:


using a pen draw over the design - to make sure your lines are nice & dark you'll want to press hard and don't be afraid to do it a couple times. before you remove the papers you can look at your pen marks to make sure you got all the lines:


this is how it will look when you remove the papers. be careful not to touch it or you'll smug it, on the bright side if you're not happy with your placement you can just wipe it off & try again!


next step is to draw over all the lines with the porcelaine pen. I used the bullet tip on this one as well as all my previous projects. {have a piece of scrap paper available to write on if the flow is too heavy or if you get something on the tip.}


I just take my time and try not think too much about it...keep in mind that little mistakes won't be as noticeable as you think they will when you're all done:



the pen dries very quickly but if you make a mistake you can scrape it off, I just use my fingernail. the last step is to wait 24 hours then bake it according to the directions which will make it dishwasher safe. for the decorative plates I did previously I didn't bother baking though.

so there you go...hope that all made sense, if you have a question feel free to post a comment & I'll do my best to answer it.

UPDATE: after following the manufacturers directions for baking the mug it was NOT dishwasher safe! some of the pen came off :( very gently handwashing, while avoiding rubbing the pen marks worked but obviously is not a great solution for an item that is used often. in the future I'm going to reserve doing this on only decorative items...

91 comments:

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Oh, thank you for this Gina! I love your porcelain pen projects, so it's really nice to see the steps broken down!

Jenny said...

Thank you so much for sharing how to do this! I have been wanting to know how this was done! I can't wait to try it.

Jamie said...

You are so awesome for sharing this!! i actually have to get some porcelain pens this week to decorate a big piggy bank for my niece. perfect timing!

Citizen K said...

Thanks so much for the step-by-step! I really loved the plates you did previously so thanks for sharing how you did it. I'm going to have to give this a try!

Little Green Doll said...

Wow! What a great idea!! it looks wonderful! :)

Tea Potty said...

Brilliant idea! I'm digging out my pens now!

Mom Walds Place said...

Oh Wow! Those pens look like they could be highly addictive.

tracy_a said...

fantastic! thank you! I needed a kick in the pants to go buy a pen after seeing your work before. the carbon paper seems a great idea for the transfer - thank you!

Allison said...

Wonderful DIY!! I've seen this done before but I love your take on it. Using an unexpected medium is so eye catching- you just don't see cross stitched porcelain mugs on a regular basis ;)

Ravina said...

I love these. Can you bake your dishes in the oven or do you need a kiln? Thank you!

gina said...

thanks everyone for your comments - I hope you have fun making your own versions :)

{Ravina you just bake them in your oven.}

leanbeans said...

you have such a steady hand! I couldn't believe those lines were done without a stencil. you are plain awesome xo

Molly Margaret said...

This is such a great project with the Pebeo Porcelaine markers. We would love to feature it on our MarkerSupply.com blog. Please let me know if you'd be interested. Molly (at) markersupply.com Thanks for sharing!!
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Aja~swelldove said...

Fabulous tutorial!!

Thanks for inspiring me to buy a ceramic pen;)

jenn said...

This is brilliant! I added it to my Pinterest board "Fresh from the Kiln" http://pinterest.com/jenniferb/fresh-from-the-kiln. With full credit to you, of course, and a link back!

Charlie said...

Aw, that's such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Incredible. I always thought those ceramic pens would look too chunky, but you've got me dreaming up things to try. Thanks!

Cassie said...

This is great!!! did you see you were featured on craftzine???

Ravina said...

Gina, wanted to say again this was fabulous. Bought a thrifted mug, got my "r" transferred onto the mug just using soft lead pencil, but then, alas, my newly bought pen turned out to just blob out paint onto the mug - the tip did nothing for me. I used a pebeo fine tip pen in orange. Is this generally how things go with them, or do I have a wonky pen? Any tips are much appreciated. Thanks!

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thanks everyone for the additional comments - I'm so flattered the post made it to the readymade & craftzine {thanks cassie for the fyi} blogs :)

I've got a little update - I gave the mug to my friend this weekend after baking it as directed & it was NOT dishwasher safe! I would recommend if the piece is not decorative that they be gently handwashed.

I’m sorry that happened Ravina :( I did get a bad pen once – almost as soon as the ink saturated the tip, the tip fell out. I brought it back to the store {michaels} with my receipt & they let me exchange it for another one which worked fine.

I do make sure that if I press the pen down to add ink to the tip that I test it on the piece of scrap paper first to make sure that there’s not too much ink. If there is I write a bit on the paper before I go back to drawing onto my ceramic.

Jeanee said...

OMG! Look at you featured on CRAFT.

And is that mug for me since it's a "J" mug? (wink, wink)

Great running into you Friday!

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This is so simple and fun! Thanks for sharing all the steps, I'll totally be giving it a try very soon.

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Tyler said...

Wow, this is awesome! Where do you find carbon paper?

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Brittany Kerlin said...

My husband is a ceramacist and I just shared this idea with him. If he comes up with a good dishwasher safe alternative I'll pass it along.

Roseanna said...

Gina the pen you want to use for this project is the "pebeo, vitrea 160". They are non-toxic and I have used it on mugs and it IS dishwasher resistant after baking. It also comes in a range of colors. I have used my mugs for over a year, and even at "high temp scrub"I have yet to see any problem. I love the cross stitch idea, genius! BTW, here is the link for them, I have only found them online.

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Jennie said...

I wonder if a clear coat over the mug would help it be more dishwasher safe?

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