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Porcelain Painting: Learn How to Paint Your Own Zodiac Sign Coffee Mug

Maisie - Ma'at Silk, Multimedia Artist

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11 Videos (38m)
    • Class Introduction: Welcome

    • Supplies

    • Picking Three Colors

    • Cleaning the Porcelain

    • Practice Project

    • Design

    • Prep

    • Main Assingment

    • Fixing Mistakes

    • Finishing

    • Final Thoughts


About This Class


Have fun experimenting and learning to use porcelain paints and create your own custom zodiac sign coffee (or tea) mug. 

In this class I’m going to be showing you how to paint with paints specifically designed for use on porcelain and how to create your own personal zodiac sign coffee mug, using a color blocking technique. This class is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those of you how may have some experience but are looking for some new ideas. I know that ceramic painting can be daunting and it’s not the easiest surface to work on but during the course of this class I really hope to show you how fun and rewarding this sort of creative project is and once you’ve broken the process down into small steps its really very simple as well. You can take what you learn in this class to endlessly customise and decorate your china.

What You Will Learn


I’ll be walking you through every step of the process and you'll learn about: 

  • How to transfer a design to the porcelain
  • Working with a limited color palette and picking three colors for your own project
  • How to prepare your ceramic surface ready for painting
  • Applying the paints and painting using a color blocking technique
  • Tips and tricks for working with porcelain paints
  • Fixing mistakes and finishing the project to make the paints permanent        

I’ve also included a printable sheet with the twelve zodiac star signs, designs that I’ve created exclusively for this class and ones you can use to get started. Your final assignment for this class will be to paint a zodiac design onto your own coffee mug. Here are a couple of examples of class projects:





Materials You Will Need


Here's a general list of supplies you'll need to complete this class's assignment and more detail will be gone into in the lessons. I am aware that for many of you this may be your first time using and buying ceramic paints so I’ve designed this class’s project around just using three colours, so that you don’t need to buy a whole heap of different paints to get started. 

  • Print Out of The Zodiac Designs Sheet 
  • Porcelain Paints - three different colors of your choice
  • Plain White Coffee Mug + Small Plate or Saucer for the Practice Project
  • Paint Brushes 
  • Paper Towel 
  • Masking Tape
  • Rubbing Alcohol 
  • Cotton Buds and a Toothpick
  • Graphite Pencil Paper and Colored Pencils

You'll also need to use your oven to finish off the project. 

I hope you’ll join me for this class and discover how fun ceramic painting is. If you have any questions or comments then feel free to reach out and let me know, I’m here to help and make sure you share your project photos with the rest of the class. I can’t wait to see what you create and now let’s get started.


4 of 4 students recommendSee All

Thanks for the lessons. They were well presented and explained. I recommend this class. Looking forward to trying this. I had done mugs with Sharpies from a tip on PInterest. The art did not last. This should work much better.





Maisie - Ma'at Silk

Multimedia Artist

Hi, my name is Maisie and I'm a multimedia artist. My brand Ma'at Silk covers a variety of work, from whimsical illustrations to surface pattern design. I enjoy working in lots of different mediums including, markers, watercolors, pencils, inks and also creating designs on different surfaces, such as silk, wood, glass and ceramics. I am fortunate enough to design products for Wild Origins Store and to have worked on illustrations commissioned by Giant Mountain Publishing.I love bright colors ...

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