Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Anthro Inspired Mug made with Martha Stewart Glass Paints

Yes, I made that!  Would you believe that I've never painted on ceramic or glass before?  That's all changed, thanks to Plaid's new line of glass paint products from Martha Stewart.  Read on to learn how you can make this, too!

When I saw these mugs at Anthropologie, I knew I wanted to try to make one.  As I mentioned here, I had received a HUGE box of Martha Stewart Glass Paints and products from Plaid.  When I experimented with the products, I was blown away by the detail and shading that could be achieved with the silk screens.

Seriously, SILK SCREENS for glass and ceramic?
This is going to take my crafting to a whole new level!
Trust me, you need to run out to Michael's and check it out.  I have already made several projects with Martha Stewart Glass Paints, and I will be posting lots of tutorials in the next weeks.  I want you to be able to play along!

Supplies used:
Ceramic mug
Martha Stewart Glass Paints:  Chipotle Opaque Gloss and Black Nickel Metallic Opaque
Martha Stewart Adhesive Silk Screens:  English Garden and Butterflies
Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencil:  Bold Serif Alphabet
Martha Stewart Glass Paint Handled Squeegee
Martha Stewart Glass Paint Scraper and Pick Tools
Martha Stewart Glass Paint Dauber Tool

1.  Clean and dry your mug, then wipe surface with alcohol pad and let dry.

2.  Apply the butterfly silk screen.  Press firmly to ensure that the image is adhered.

3.  Apply a thin line of the paint on the edge of the silk screen.

4.  Use the rubber tool to spread the paint over the silk screen.

5.  Repeat until the entire silk screen is covered.  Work QUICKLY as the paint dries very fast and you don't want your silk screen to adhere to the mug.

6.  Remove the silk screen while the paint is still wet and clean the screen with water.

7.  Move to another side of the mug.  Apply a floral silk screen.  If the image is too large to fit the space, choose a section of the image to use.  Press firmly on the section of the image you want to use, and apply paint as instructed in steps 3-6.

8.  Continue painting images on your mug.  This took 3 days to complete. {See NOTES below.)

9.  Apply the stencil with the chosen initial.  Use the small dauber tool to dab the paint onto the stencil.

10.  The final product can be baked or air cured for 21 days.  I opted to air cure mine, so it will sit on my craft desk until it's ready to be filled with a cappuccino!


Allow your painted image to dry for one day before painting an image next to it.  If the second stencil overlaps a freshly painted image it WILL lift the image off.  I know.

Because my mug is curved, the stencil tended to lift up in places and there was some paint smudging.  Use the scraper tools to easily remove stray marks and unwanted paint.

This may be my favorite project to date!  I loved that the silk screens gave me the freedom to create my own scene, like the butterfly nearly touching the flower.  The colors are vibrant and, as I mentioned before, the detail is amazing.  It really looks like I bought it, not made it!

If you like this idea, click here to see the clock I made with glass and recyclables!

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Disclaimer:  I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Martha Stewart Glass Paints and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.
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  1. Such a beautiful coffee cup! I love how it turned out : )

    I can see my $$ slipping through my hands...
    You could totally make gift sets, Christmas breakfast plates/mugs...

    THANK YOU talented friend.

  3. LOVE this - it came out gorgeous! i've never tried silk screening of any kind - definitely want to try this. :)

  4. Beautiful! I love the Anthropology cups and plates, but have never bought one because they're so expensive! I have to try the Martha Stewart glass paints. :)

  5. Love this! I want one! Great job.

    -Erin @ DIY on the Cheap

  6. awesome! i cant wait to try this! i went to the thrift store and bought a mug to be ready!

  7. Too cool. I just need to think of a use for the mugs before I make them. A gift maybe?

  8. Simply gorgeous! I love the butterflies and the monogram adds such a fun personal touch.

  9. This came at a perfect time! Thanks!

  10. What a gorgeous idea. Anthro can get pricey. Love your DIY!

  11. Wow. that turned out great. I love it. How will the paint hold up in the dishwasher, do you think?

  12. Hi Morena! I love your DIY projects, and I'm so glad to have found your blog (thanks for stopping by mine)!

  13. This mug is goregous!!! I love stuff from Anthro, but not the price :) Thanks for sharing!!!

  14. Shared on Facebook! Pinning for sure, too. I really want one for myself!

  15. There are not enough words to describe how I feel about this project! It is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Gorgeous mug! Looks like you spent big money on it... yet you DIYed it! :)

  17. Really Nice! I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:

  18. I love this! I so want to make it!


  19. Planning on using this idea for Christmas gifts, but I'm having the hardest time finding plain ceramic mugs in a similar style as yours shows. Any ideas on where to look?

  20. Jessica, I just saw some at Big Lots yesterday. I have seen white mugs at Target and Dollar Tree in the past. I hope that helps! Good luck!

  21. Thanks so much Morena! I saw porcelain ones at Target the other day, but they have to be ceramic for the paint to work, right?

  22. You're welcome, Jessica! I honestly don't know about porcelain, but this paint works on glass so I would *think* it should work! Let me ask around to see if I can find a definite answer. Feel free to e-mail me directly at

  23. Those are very lovely. The fact that they can be a DIY craft gives me an idea on what to do with the clear white porcelain glass mugs that I have. It will help add some design to my coffee table or vanity table.

  24. I loved this project the first time I saw it, and I love it just as much now! Thanks for entering One Crafty Contest! Good luck!!

  25. So beautiful!!! Can't wait to try this! Are the paints food safe though? I've read that they're not food safe....

  26. Beautiful! One question, if I put a pattern inside the cup, maybe a letter, and let it cure, would it still be safe to drink out of?

  27. Rain...the manufacturer states that the paints are not food safe and should not be painted on a surface that will come in contact with food. I think you wound have to find some kind of food safe glaze to seal the paint with.

  28. Ok, I'm well and truly AMAZED how cool these came out!!! So have to get ahold of some of those paints and silk screens! Definitely at the tippy top of my must buy craft supplies list! And if anyone has a suggestion for a food safe glaze like mentioned above (I was kinda dying to put stuff inside the cup, like Rain mentioned), I'd love to know about it.

    Hugs & Hope,
    rachel of OddModicum

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  30. I hate to say it but buying the Anthro mug might be more cost effective!

    1. If you're only making one, that is true. Some people have had crafting parties where they pool their resources and make these. Others have told me they are making them as gifts, so it's cheaper when making multiples. Make sure you work those 40% coupons! :)

  31. Your content shows the power, I’m about to add this to my bookmarks.


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