Joanna Anastasia

hand painted

Sharpie painted tea set

Sharpie painted tea set

If you need to make a personalized and modern gift, for an artistic and tea loving family member, what do you do ? A sharpie painted tea set, of course ! And since I’m really in to this black and white decor trend going on right now, I decided to get slightly inspired by the Marimekko designs, and use simple dots and lines for the design.

I usually use special paint for porcelain, but it’s much more time consuming, and with a repetitive motive like this one, I decided to give sharpies a try. Honestly I wasn’t sure if it’s really a durable method, but if you bake ( yes, that’s right, just like a cake) your painted porcelain for a half an hour in 300F, after letting it dry for a day, it should stay resistant. I say should, because I still wouldn’t wash it repetitively in a dishwasher. Just in case.

Sharpie painted tea

I bought simple Ikea tea set. And regular black sharpies. You need some patience too, but unfortunately this one can’t be bought ;).

Sharpie painted tea

If you’re not an artist, that’s totally fine, just set on something simple ( dots are great!) and repeat it :).

After you’re done, put them aside to dry. It may look like they are dry after 30 minutes, but if you want your cups to resist water in the long run, let them dry for 24 hours!
I forgot mine for a week ;).

Sharpie painted tea

Now, put them in the oven, turn the heat on 300F, and when the temperature reaches 300F set the timer on for 30 minutes. After that time turn the oven off, but leave your cups in the oven so they cool down.

Sharpie painted tea

I would still suggest to hand wash your hand made tea set, that way it’ll last a while!

Sharpie painted tea

Watercolour fox

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One of my friends had just had her first baby, little girl Florence. Her baby shower was something like 2 weeks before the actual delivery, a bit of last minute event organized by her friends. And with me also ready to pop ( 9 months pregnant) I didn’t really feel like shopping a lot. So here is what I’ve did, a watercolour fox 🙂 . It was actually her nursery motive. She had a stuffy fox , a banner with forest animals , and she had pained the nursery exactly the same colour as the foxes ribbon. So it fitted quite well,and I was really happy she liked it. But in the end I did go shopping as well, it kind of relaxes me;) .

Hand painted monogrammed cup

Monogrammed cup

This is a DIY gift I’ve made for my husband , simple ,practical and in my humble opinion quite cute 🙂 . He needed a perfect cappuccino cup for lazy Sunday mornings, and this cheap Ikea cup seemed to be the perfect size. I could call this project an ikea hack, I guess 😉 .
All you need is a cup and porcelain paint. I used the Peboo sort that once you paint , you can bake it in the oven so it becomes dishwasher proofed.

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I started wit the : hello there handsome ! On one side :
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And then I’ve added the monogram on the other side:
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And in the end it was the perfect cappuccino cup :
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Enjoy the little things

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I truly believe that happiness depends on our attitude towards the life events, our positive or negative interpretation of what happens around us, and of our appreciation of the little things. Like a cup of coffee in the old and lovely cup, my child laughing out of some silly joke she made that nobody but her understands, pretty sky above us, my cats cuddling and purring, and a nice and big cup of tea in the afternoon. I made this cozy out of an old sweater, just by cutting the age of the slave last fall. This fall I added a little personal message. I guess you could use a sharpie pen, but I used pebeo paint for porcelain and my favorite IKEA cup. I took 30 minutes plus another 60 in the oven. You could either do that, or go on ETSY, and for sure you’ll find your cup with a message.

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