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Porcelaine Pen Art - Mugs and Plates Tutorials!

Updated on August 16, 2013

Get creative with the Porcelaine Pens!

I was so happy when I ordered my Porcelaine pens as I knew they will open up a whole new crafting world to me. Sadly enough the postal package probably toured the world as it took 3 weeks before I got them you can imagine how anxious I was. But this was not the end to my troubles! I thought getting plain white mugs (and other things) won't be a hassle but I was wrong, way wrong! I went to all local stores and none had any! None! Well I am lying, one had them at about $15 each which was way more than I was willing to pay. Luckily my friend was planning a trip to Ikea where she picked up a cup or two (or ten) at less than $2. Naturally I had to wait another day - I felt like a little kid who sees a gift box for his birthday but can't open it yet.

BUT all is good now! My pens are working their magic and simple yet unique creations are already being made!

All photos on this site are taken by me unless stated otherwise.

Let's Draw!

You can make your projects with templates (I am lucky enough to have access to a label maker - as you can see it comes in handy if you do letters!) or you can make them freehand.

Ready, set, draw!

  1. Be sure to clean the mugs (or other dishes) before you draw on them!
  2. Shake the pen and press the tip down until the ink comes out
  3. Create your masterpiece
  4. Wipe away any mistakes (when I used a label template some of the ink managed to get under it - I removed the "stains" with a cotton swab - precise and simple).
  5. Let them dry for 24 hours if you intend to bake them or 72 if you don't (baking instructions are on the pen).
  6. Have a cup of tee!

Pebeo Porcelaine Pens - Fine Tip Markers

I don't know if there's any other brand of pens for writing on porcelain (I haven't seen any) but Pebeo's writers are all the rage. I bought black and red fine tip markers (you can get blunt ones too, but I think fine tip allows for much more creativity and you can always make the line wider) but I think I will be buying other colors too.

PEBEO Porcelaine 150, Assorted China Paint Fine Tip Markers, 9-Pack
PEBEO Porcelaine 150, Assorted China Paint Fine Tip Markers, 9-Pack

These are really easy to work with, the pens are very light and have a nice grip. The tip is quite thin and very precise, writing, well drawing with these isn't much different than writing with a regular pen so you don't have to be super crafty or artsy to master them.

The color takes 24 (if you bake) or 72 hours to dry so you really shouldn't worry about making mistakes as you can wipe the color off pretty easily before it dries.


Mug Shot - My first batch of mugs!

Inexpensive White Mugs - Perfect for porcelain pen art

I think it's best to use inexpensive porcelain mugs - they won't break, they have enough quality and your unique creation will give them value.

10 Strawberry Street CATERING-12-MUG-W Catering Mug Set, White
10 Strawberry Street CATERING-12-MUG-W Catering Mug Set, White

I browsed through white mugs on Amazon and found this set of 12 for a really great price (even less than I paid). Funnily enough when I scrolled down to see what "customers who bought this bought" the product listed is black Porcelaine pen.


Butterfly on a plate

I found a great butterfly stencil and I really wanted to get it on the plate.

Transferring stencils to porcelain isn't all that hard I found a great tutorial on how to transfer a stencil to porcelain on tuts+. It's pretty straight forward and it works just fine (although I didn't get it right the first time - I should push harder).

You won't get super clear transfer (you can see it on the second photo although it is actually more clear than in the picture) but it will be enough to easily trace it.

I think it's best to start tracing the outer shapes and slowly work your way in.


10 Strawberry Street CATERING-12-DINNER-W Catering Pack 10.5", Set of 12 Dinner Plates, White
10 Strawberry Street CATERING-12-DINNER-W Catering Pack 10.5", Set of 12 Dinner Plates, White

These are white and inexpensive which makes them perfect for this project.


Butterfly Plates

Butterfly Stencil - Right Click And Save

This is a public domain photo so you are free to use it in any project and without limitations.


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    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      5 years ago from Kansas

      Great gift idea! I'm always on the look-out for creative ideas to use for Christmas gifts that are personal yet inexpensive!

    • LilyBird profile image


      5 years ago

      Thanks for the info on the porcelain pens. The cups could make great gifts, just need to practice my drawing first. This looks like fun too!


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