7:38 AM

As I mentioned last week, I've been drawing on a lot of mugs lately. Like a bazillion. Precisely a billion and a half mugs. Hand-drawn-painted. It's been both fun and...hand-cramp-inducing, to say the least.

I attended the Youth Specialties conference in San Diego with Forest Home this weekend, and at our booth we had mugs available for decorating. We also had coffee available, and it was my job to decorate enough mugs to keep the non-artist-coffee-drinkers supplied with artsy, campy mugs. It was a very fun task. I wish I took more pictures, but I only have a few. Here we have a cat-themed mug I was asked to draw for a cat-loving friend, as well as a few bears that I drew over and over again:

Once I tired of naturey, campy images, I started drawing whatever I felt naturally, ninja turtles made an appearance. And I couldn't keep the mustache mugs coming fast enough! The hipsters, they love their mustaches.

Throughout the weekend, I was asked by several people to draw custom mugs, which was entertaining. One lady asked me to draw a guy bow-hunting in the forest because her husband bow-hunts deer. So that happened. And then my friend asked me to draw him a luchador-wrestling-mask that happened:

And last but not least, we have Henrietta Mears hanging out with a bear!:
I was pretty proud of that one.
If you're wondering, we used oil-based sharpies (we got ours at Staples) and then you bake the mugs at 350 degrees for half an hour to make the mug-drawings permanent and dishwasher safe. I know some people (pinterest, cough, cough) say that you can use normal sharpies and bake them and they'll stay permanent, but it didn't work for us. I highly recommend the oil-based sharpies, though, and mug drawing is such a fun project! You should try it! I sure did.

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  1. I’ve seen a black and red mask on an episode of “Sweet Genius”. They look menacing but very colorful.
    wrestling mask


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