For this project I used craft paint that you bake in the oven when you are done. The nice part about this is that you can mess up, restart, and be artfully messy because the paint is also water based so you don’t have to worry about getting on furniture or the wonderful tile floor in the kitchen.
I used tiny little paint brushes, but it was still a challenge because I think I could go with better quality paint in the future. It seems to streak a lot and if I go over the design with a second coat, it wants to take off the first coat. It took a little longer than it probably should have if I had better supplies, but given my cheap-0 paint and paint brushes (both bought at Michaels craft store)… it turned out pretty well.
I put them in the cool (temperature cool, not mullet hair cool) oven, then heated the oven to 350 degrees and baked them for 30 minutes. Then you let them cool with the oven. I did this last night right before bed so they had all night to cool back down.
I have done this in the past with tumblers, shot glasses and wine glasses. They always make great gifts because no matter how crappy you think they turned out, someone else sees it as a hand crafted gift and all the flaws as something unique that no one else will have. You should make something like this and give it. Maybe if you make a change one for a kid… you can even throw some change in there for them. It’ll be almost as cool as going to disney world… almost.