Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
I have 12 Ikea’s UNGDOM mugs, which I serve my guests with warm drinks. I always wanted to personalize these mugs with doodles to help my friends to distinguish the cup they are using. Since this friday, I am going to have a big group of Mama-Tomo (ママ友 / Mummy-buddies), mothers of Fireball’s classmates from his previous kindergarten, at my place for lunch party. So, it is definitely high on my to-do list.
I first came across a few examples of Sharpie DIY mugs, and thought of doing the same thing. So, I went to the nearest art store (Joyful-2 at Chiba Newtown) to look for the markers. All I could find was PEBEO (imported brand) and Raku Yaki (Japanese brand). Marker pen-type for both brands were not available. In the end, I bought the Rakuyaki Paint.After washing the cups with soap, rinsing and drying them, I directly sketched on the surface with pencil. (Important note from the packaging: Do not draw too near to the rim, to avoid touching our lips or drinks with the paint.)
The UNGDOM mugs with line-designed have very limited “canvas” space so it was easier for me to use words instead of drawings. I have more fun doodling on the dot-designed UNGDOM mugs instead. The amount of Rakuyaki Paint used was surprisingly little. I only used less than a third of the amount I squeezed out. The ink is supposed to dry out fast, so I have to work quickly. It kinda of made me nervous… oh-no, shaky hands!
I placed the mugs on a cookie sheet, and spaced them out carefully, to prevent them from touching one another. Following the instruction, I baked them at 230*C for 20 minutes (for microwave oven). I left them in the oven to cool for an hour. Then, out of the oven and cool down completely before I gently hand-washed them with a sponge.
Initially, I was upset that I was unable to find the markers. Now, I am actually glad that I got the paint instead. Because, I grew pretty fond of the brush strokes. Very childlike! LOL
Overall, the ink looked the same before and after baking. It does not come off with gentle hand-washing (using the soft side of the sponge). It also survived the dishwasher. But when I viciously scrubbed hard with the rough part of the sponge, I managed to scrape off the paint. YIKES! I guess it will require a lot of TLC when I wash my mugs from now onward.
Dishwasher – OK
Soft Sponge – OK
Rough Sponge – NO