Illustrated Ceramic Travel Cup

I’ve always loved painting on pottery, so every time I go to work for a week at iLoveToCreate, I longingly look at the ceramics area of the building. There are shelves upon shelves of blank bisque, and paints and glazes galore. The trouble has always been trying to fit time in my schedule to actually paint something.

One of the first times I ever visited the iLoveToCreate headquarters, they let me paint a big platter. I spent two hours on it and they shipped it to my house after they fired it. Somehow, my glorious platter ended up at my Nana’s – and she loves it so much she won’t give it back to me! I like that! The plate has a big heart in the center and I like that she fuels her 92-year-old body served on a heavy dish of happy.

Well, I needed my ceramic fix. I’m very proud to announce that I’ll be folding Duncan Ceramic tutorials into the mix here! Imagine painting a whole set of your dishware, or mugs!  They will be like lifelong canvases you can eat off of! Can you tell I’m way excited about this? To find a local paint-on-pottery studio in your area, visit http://paintyourownpottery.com/.

Ok, now on to my project! I started with this:

28552 Travel Cup with Removable Silicone Sleeve and Lid (call your local pottery store and ask for it!)

Other supplies:
Neon Duncan Concepts® Underglazes for Bisque and Majolica 
Duncan Signature brushes (Fan and No. 1 liner)
French Dimensions™ 
pure•brilliance™ Clear Glaze
Paper plate, paper towel, cup of rinsing water
Pencil and eraser


1. Use a plate or piece of foil and pour some paint on it. Paint the inside of the cup. Remove the rubber lid and guard from the top and center of the cup. Using Fan Glaze brush, paint upward to the top being careful not to go over lip of mug. Let dry. Apply two more coats and let dry thoroughly between each coat.


2.  Sketch your illustrations all over the cup. If you don’t want to “freehand,” trace pattern onto tracing paper. Turn to reverse side and use pencil to trace over pattern to transfer design onto cup.



3. Fill in with painted color, two coats, let dry in between. Use the French Dimensions to add black accents. FD is a thin dimensional liner that comes in all kinds of great colors! Let dry completely.


4. Coat with two layers of clear glaze, let dry in between each coat. Stilt and fire to witness cone 06.

Here is my end result!



Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy 🙂
P.S. Check out my new novel!

Love & light,


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