Graffiti 'Graffit-tea' mug Gift
Ideal for the Graffiti Creator
This Christmas I wasn't expecting many presents and just expected the usual socks, jumper, and slippers...which I also got. There's plenty of novelty presents out there that you can buy from 'gadget shops', I bought a 'desktop miniature vaccum' for my dad, but I wasn't expecting the gift I received which was your very own personalised graffiti mug. Knowing that I am 'interested' in Urban Art and produce my own canvas's, my mother said she couldn't believe her luck when she spotted this gift. In this article I am going to include how it works and I have included photos of the graffiti art I have completed so far.
I don't believe graffiti letters should be stereotyped by amateur 'tags' and confined to gimmick items such as this, but on the other hand it is another chance for real artists to express their individuality if time is spent produce good artwork. I got out my pencils yesterday and put on some Aesop Rock Hip-Hop in my headphones and started designing my pieces, my 'graf' name has always been 'Richie799' or 'Cypher'.
I have also created my own scaled model railway using a large ply-wood board I found in work, and glued down the tracks using super-glue. I then proceeded to buy a set of inter-city locomotives and carriages from eBay which I covered in my 'pieces'. I created train sheds from small gift boxes which I sprayed grey, I will try and get an article up about this sometime in the future.
As the box describes '100% legal and not even slightly anti-social', you can either use the mug for your morning tea with breakfast which is what I will be doing, or take it to work for your breaktime coffee!
As I mentioned before, I began by sketching my ideas because I didn't want to dive in there with any old design, I wanted it to be something which I am going to be happy with for a long time and something my friends will like. However it is ok if you make a mistake because the pen rubs off rather easily when applying it, also you need to try and use one layer because the ink gets rather sticky when you try and draw over parts you've already coloured.
One you have your preferred design, pre-heat the oven to 160°C and place the mug on a baking tray in the middle of the ove. Bake for 30 minutes, after which, remove the mug and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes before use. Make sure you use oven gloves throughout the process. baking the mug this way, fixes the design. Additional layers of graffit can be built on the mug repeating the first steps I described. Ensure the mug has cooled completely before applying new designs to the mug.
The box contains
1 x stoneware Mug(holds 300ml/10fl oz)
3 x bake in the oven pens(safe for children over 36 months due to small parts, choking hazard)
The design is wrapped around the whole mug as you can see from above with my name 'Richie799' won't fit in the whole photograph. I am please with my design so far, preffering to go with oldschool bubble lettering, others may like to produce more abstract designs. I intend on adding more to the design because I still have the green pen to use, but I wanted to bake this first incase I accidently was to rub it off when handling.