As someone who likes to learn new crafts all the time, I'm finding Pinterest to be wonderfully inspirational.
Among the things that have caught my attention are cups, bowls, teapots, etc. that have been decorated using markers.
Some use Sharpies, while others use "porcelain pens", something I've not been able to find. It's something I'd like to try myself, but I wanted to test for a final product that is hand and dishwasher safe.
I don't think my Sharpies will cut it. I know they've come out with lots of new types aimed at crafters, but I've got just regular ones. I don't think they'll hold up.
What I did find was something called a Painters marker, from Elmer's. The label says it's an opaque paint marker that's permanent, streak free, fast drying and easy to use. It's supposed to work on just about any surface, including wood, plastic, clay and glass. I got one in black to test out.
I did briefly try it on a tiny appetizer serving bowl in light ecru colour. After a few days, I put it in the dishwasher.
The "permanent" marker came off as if it wasn't there.
This time, I specifically picked up a larger white bowl to try again. When my older daughter came by my craft room to chat, I showed it to her, asking for ideas of what to doodle. She mentioned some, then offered to draw on it for me, since I was doing something else. I happily said yes. Because she's a better artist than I am.
This is what she doodled.
She drew spouts for me.
Adorable little sprouts.
All the way around.
I love how she got different stages of growth in there.
I also wish I had her ability to doodle such awesome little things so quickly. She makes it look so easy.
And then I saw this guy smiling up at me and started to squee.
I love slugs.
She knows me so well. LOL
Now I have a problem.
This bowl is meant to be a tester, so see if the marker will come off when washed.
Based on what happened with my appetizer bowl, I'm pretty sure the "permanent" marker isn't dishwasher proof, but I was going to test it anyhow.
But I just love her sprouts and the happy little slug.
So... I think maybe I'll just get myself another bowl like this and draw something that I won't mind getting washed off.