Whoop! I've finally manged to write this post! I had some problems with this blog when my domain name expired and deleted my custom domain name settings. I have been trying a ton of different solutions and finally one of them worked after a bit of help from the blogger forums. So now I can tell you how to create this succulent stencilled mug:
You Will Need: A plain cheap mug (I think I bought this in a set of 6 from Argos), Olivine Green and Gold Pebeo Procelaine 150 Paints (or similar), some 3M Spray Mount Repositionable Adhesive, washi tape, a paint dauber sponge, and a Mini 3" Succulent Stencil (also not pictured - a pallet to tip paint onto, and a baby wipe or damp cloth):
Step 1: Wash your mug with soapy water and dry thoroughly. Spray the back of the stencil with Spray Mount and leave it for a minute to go tacky. Then press the stencil onto the mug. Use a bit of washi tape to hold it in place at the top and the bottom - BUT NOT at the sides. When I first did this I taped all around the stencil but it put too much pressure on the center of the stencil and it made it pop up too much. So just put it at the top and bottom. Also use a bit to tape off the plant pot, so you don't get green paint on the pot:
Step 2: Tip a little green paint onto a palette or old plate, pick a bit up with the paint dauber sponge, and apply it through the leaves of the succulent plant. Take off the stencil and check whether any paint went under the edges of the stencil, if it did you can wipe off the extra bits with a baby wipe or damp cloth:
Step 3: Leave that to dry before taping the stencil back on and covering the leaves so you don't get gold paint on them, then use the sponge dauber again to apply gold paint to the pot:
Step 4: Again check if any paint sneaked under the stencil, and tidy it up if it did - mine had a smudge along the line between the rim and main section of the pot, but I was able to wipe it away easily enough:
Paint sneaked under the stencil because the mug is such a shiny surface to try and stick the stencil to - it doesn't cling that well. And of course the mug is curved and the stencil doesn't bend perfectly because it's cut from a nice, thick, 250 micron mylar! At least the shiny quality of the mug makes it easy to wipe off any mistakes!
Step 5: Make sure you cure the paint according to the paint instructions. For my Pebeo Porcelaine 150 paints I had to leave it to dry for 24 hours, then bake it in an oven for 35 minutes at 150 Degrees Celsius. Then it's ready to use and can even go in the dishwasher (though it will probably last longer if you wash by hand):
Have you ever tried stencilling onto mugs or plates?
I hope you have a great weekend!