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DIY Watercolour Painted Marble Mugs

DIY Watercolour Mugs

If you’re looking for a project that is easy and cheap but looks like something you might buy in a store, I’ve got the perfect one for you!  These watercolour painted mugs have a marbled effect and are also dishwasher and microwave safe. 

The main thing I wanted to achieve here was to make the paint appear watery and diluted, and I figured out the perfect method to do so.  While I had seen previous tutorials for painting mugs and dishes, none of those options allowed you to create them quickly (the Mod Podge ceramic glaze method requires about a month curing time!), and many other methods didn’t allow for dishwasher safe and non-toxic paint (nail polish!? no thanks…).

DIY Watercolour Mugs

I ended up using this Porcelaine 150 paint, which is specifically made for painting on dishes, and diluted it with rubbing alcohol to allow for that watercolour feel. The result is exactly what I imagined!  You can click here to watch how I did it or press play below:

If you make your own, I’d love to see them. Just tag me on Instagram.

Also, if you are interested in learning more about watercolour painting in general, my Watercolour Workshop is probably the perfect place for you! I’ve absolutely loved seeing all of the projects from members and would love for you to join us!  It is a lifetime membership site, meaning new exclusive videos are added frequently so that you will always have something to learn and paint. View all of the details right here.


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Dana
I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends and follow along on Snapchat: wonderforest.

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  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    Those mugs are gorgeous! I totally want to try this for some Valentine’s gifts!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

    • I hope you do! Share them with me if so 😉 xo

  • Oh, I really love this! I want to make a bunch, now!

    • ME TOO! haha. Happy you like them!

  • Thanks for sharing this DIY, Dana! These mugs look so fancy and I love that they are dishwasher and microwave safe. I’m going to keep this tutorial handy for the next time I’m in need of a cute and inexpensive gift.

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    • They would definitely make great gifts!! Tip: sign the bottoms so each one is unique! 😉 xo

  • Great DIY! These honestly look like something you’d see in an expensive homeware shop, they look beautiful! Raspberrykiss xo

    • Aren’t they so chic?! i want to make tons more! glad you liked it <3

  • These look amazing – pretty sure I’ve seen something very similar in Anthropolgie for 10X the price!

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • These are so cool! Has an Anthropologie vibe.
    -Rebecca | http://www.paperwhiskey.com

  • Omg, Love at first sight! Gorgeous!

  • deborah

    Wow, you are always on the go and all that work is well worth it because i love the these cups. Amazing. Wish i could do the same, but we live in Ecuador, so we don’t have all the right tools.
    http://4000miles.com/

  • Susana M.

    Beautiful work!