Watercolour And Brush Lettering Plate And Mug

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2015 Blog Event – see a list of all the posts HERE)

On Monday I showed you my explorations in brush lettering, and today I’m back with a watercolour and brush lettering plate and mug:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Fun huh? I have been wanting to try out a watercolour effect on plates after seeing THIS POST and THIS POST. Then I saw some Porcelain Brush Pens on sale in TK Maxx, and I after the fun I’d been having with brush lettering I had to get them too!

The brush pens are by Edding, the porcelain paints I used are by Pebeo, my plate was from Ikea, and my mug was from The Range. Please be aware the paints and pens say they haven’t been tested for food use so should be used for decorative purposes only:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I wanted to write on the mug first, so I went straight on with the word ‘warm’ in purple:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I didn’t like how it looked as I wanted it to be big and bold. Luckily you can wipe the pen off with a baby wipe or damp paper towel if it hasn’t dried yet. Then dry the spot with a dry paper towel and you can write on it again:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I continued the writing underneath the word ‘warm’ first, rather than going above it, so I didn’t smudge it. I wrote ‘drink on a cold night’, mixing bold and script font styles:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then once these words were dry enough not to smudge them I wrote ‘nothing better than a’ at the top:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I prepped my paints – stirring them with a lolly stick:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then tipping them into some plastic bowls (which are ones I already use for painting), and mixing in some paint thinner. The bowl on the left hasn’t got the thinner mixed in yet, the bowl on the right does. I ended up having to add even more thinner. I’d say a good ratio for a watercolour effect is 9 parts thinner to one part paint! I used way too much paint and thinner:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I stippled the mug around the words with a layer of blue paint, trying to stop it looking too drippy. I should probably have used paint without thinner but I wanted it to be a bit translucent, plus I’d already mixed the paint and didn’t want to waste it:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I stippled it with gold paint over the top before leaving it to dry for 24 hours, then baking it in an oven according to the instructions:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

On the plate I wrote the words ‘baby it’s cold outside’:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then I tried dripping some paint down from the edges:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

And used a cocktail stick to spread it out a bit:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

But I didn’t like it! Luckily the paint can also be cleaned off while wet!

After cleaning the paint I tipped a pool of blue paint onto the plate:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I added a bit more thinner and started tipping the plate about to spread it out:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I decided it was covering too much of the plate, so I wiped some off:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Tipped it about again:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

Added some splashes of gold:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I kept splattering and tipping until I was happy with the effect:

Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

So I again left it to dry for 24 hours before baking in an oven according to the instructions:

 Watercolour & Brush Letter Plate & Mug at Jennifer Grace Creates

I definitely want to experiment with these techniques a bit more, and try out some more colours of paint too!

Be Inspired:

Get some porcelain or glass paints and decorate some tableware

Use one of the phrases I used as inspiration for your project

Add some gold or blue stipples or splatters to you card, layout, etc

What would you write on your mug or plate?

Remember that commenting on this post, and any post that goes live during November 2015, will count as another entry into the Grand Giveaway {NOW CLOSED}, but only if you’ve registered your interest in winning that prize right HERE!

I’ll be back tomorrow morning with the next Frosty Festivities 2015 post – there aren’t many left now!

I hope you have a great day,

Jennifer x

17 Comments
  • This is brill – love the colours you’ve chosen…..really liked how you showed the process of change as you went…. & your script writing looks really good:) As a saying, I just couldn’t go past “…drink & be merry” for the mug & yes, boring I know, but “Eat… & be merry” for the plate!!!

    November 28, 2015 at 9:37 am
  • Jackie Edwards
    Reply

    Brill!!! You have such good ideas Jennifer!!

    November 28, 2015 at 10:25 am
  • Annie
    Reply

    Wow! these look fab Jennifer :o) I especially love the splashy colours on the plate and the brush lettering looks really cool. Now I’ve seen how easy it is to wipe it off and start again I may even have a go myself – I would go for “Eat Me” and Drink Me”! :o)xxx

    November 28, 2015 at 11:01 am
  • Shelley
    Reply

    Fantastic gift idea…and maybe keep a set for me!

    November 28, 2015 at 1:31 pm
  • Dawn F.
    Reply

    I’ve always wanted to do the writing on porcelain. I didn’t know there were special pens. Thanks again for all of the ideas!

    November 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm
  • These are so fun and pretty!!! Love the frosty colors with the warm sentiments and the touch of gold. These will be great decor items for years to come.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

    November 28, 2015 at 2:58 pm
  • Denise Bryant
    Reply

    Fun project! I love that pretty aqua color you used!

    November 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm
  • How awesome is this!!
    I think if I did this it would have to be about Christmas! Love the first commenter’s suggestion! ‘Eat and be Merry’ or ‘Drink and be Merry’ that’s pretty fabulous!!

    November 28, 2015 at 10:21 pm
  • karenladd
    Reply

    Wow, I loved seeing your crafty process with the plate, cup and paints! Isn’t it funny how you just can’t know what you’ll like until you actually put it all out there? The colors you used on your mug sentiment are so fun and perfect for winter!

    November 28, 2015 at 11:25 pm
  • That is so cool! Love the colors and the motion of the watercolors on the plate!

    November 29, 2015 at 1:30 am
  • KT Fit Kitty
    Reply

    I LOVE this idea! Personalized and handcrafted – this is fantastic! What a great gift but I’m afraid I would want to keep it for myself haha! I like what you wrote and would probably write the same. I’ve never tried anything like this before – will have to go shopping for these supplies! Thanks for the inspiration!

    November 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm
  • I think you’ve got the watercolour effect perfectly….I love the blue……and as well as a wintery set it would be perfect for a summery,beachy set as well.

    November 29, 2015 at 9:16 pm
  • I love the splatters and the colours you’ve used, but I’ve no idea what I’d write on a mug or plate! I quite like Annie’s “Eat me” and “Drink me” – as they’re sort of Alice-in-Wonderland-ish and I’m going through a bit of a Wonderland phase at the moment.

    November 30, 2015 at 3:28 am
  • Linda Guest
    Reply

    We have had a go at this! It really is easy to do and the results are stunning x

    November 30, 2015 at 5:09 pm
  • Haven’t seen this before so may be tempted to get some new supplies, hehe!

    December 1, 2015 at 12:39 am
  • Gorgeous aqua /turquoise colour on these. Both look wonderful and your writing is clever.

    December 5, 2015 at 1:08 am
  • ooh great idea and I didn’t realise you could wipe off the paint so easily I might be tempted to give it a go now!

    December 6, 2015 at 6:36 pm

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