I love a lazy Sunday. For me, they're all about getting up early to potter around the house, getting round to those things that I've not had time to do in the week (taking blog photos and catching up with blog reading are essential!) and trying out new recipes or indulging in a little DIY.
I spotted a DIY for watercolour mugs on Poppytalk inspired by watercolour manicures which I had been meaning to try out for weeks, it seemed perfect for a Sunday DIY! It's so easy to do and you can transform a plain mug into something beautiful, it is a little tricky to get right at first but after some practice, you can make some amazing effects!
I changed the technique slightly, just to make my first attempt fool proof, so I thought I'd take you through the steps so you can make your very own watercolour mug.
What you'll need
- Plain, white mug (or mugs if you want to make a set)
- Nail polish (any kind will work)
- A disposable tray or old bowl
- Kitchen roll
- Nail Varnish remover
Start by filling your tray with warm (not too hot) water, then add a drop of your chosen nail polish to the water. Brighter or richer colours tend to work better as they stand out better. I opted for a pigment rich polish from No 7, but any polish should work!
I wanted to create a dipped effect with mine but you can place the watercolour effect wherever you like on the mug. For the dipped effect, all you have to do is place the mug in the water making sure to get good coverage from the film of nail varnish. For the purple mug, I dipped and carefully brought the mug out, turning it to make sure all of the ripples could be seen. For the pink mug, I dipped in and took it straight out to get a double layered effect. This could look really good with a range of bright polishes on a set of mugs!
Pat the excess water off the mug with kitchen towel then leave it to dry for at least two hours. Tidy up any areas that you're not happy with using the nail varnish remover. You can dip again to get even more layers if you fancy too!
Enjoy making yours, tweet me a picture if you try it out, I'd love to see!