Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bonsai Mugs



Oh man! Backaches, but still a lot of fun. I think I'll make more of them.




23 comments:

  1. They look awesome! The one of you tying up G is great!!!

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    1. Thanks! It's a drawing I made for my Asian Mother book (which I SERIOUSLY have to get busy on. Getting the pages printed TOMORROW. urnnnghh) where G is wrapped in noodles and I'm trying to help him by eating the noodles off of him. Kind of creepy.

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  2. I love the ones you made for C and I.

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    1. And those were the FIRST mugs I'd EVER drawn on, too! Can't wait to see you guys!!!!

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  3. beautiful!!! they are great, you should sell them!!!

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    1. Hi! Thank you! :) Yeah...maybe I should!

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  4. All I have to say is this:

    http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2yh8qtntG1r0kgheo2_500.jpg

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  5. I like them! Even though the first one is a tiny bit scary!

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    1. I really like how that one turned out! Creepy but funny...

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  6. Wow! Those look very nice. How did you get the lines to be that thin? They look so detailed... No wonder it was a strenuous task drawing them!

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    1. Thank you! I tried using brushes on porcelain before, but this time I used a nib pen, which worked REALLY well! It was mostly difficult because you can't touch them before it's dry so you have to hold them awkwardly, and mugs have that curve that make them so difficult to draw on. Phew!

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  7. I really like the second one. looks like characters in a children's book. so cute.

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    1. Thanks Alisa! I'm pretty fond of the bear one too! Can't wait to see youuuuuu!

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  8. a technical question: did you use a pencil first? and when using this nib pen, are they still washable? now I want to try!!!!! :)

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    1. I used a pencil first to do a light sketch, and then used porcelain paint powder mixed with oil with the nib pen to paint directly on the mugs. The complicated part is that it has to be fired in an electric kiln at a certain temperature for a specific amount of time . . . luckily, I can leave all the technical details to my mom, but it seems to be quite a complicated process.

      So yes, this is quite a lot of work and expensive equipment, but I bet there must be porcelain painting classes available that would lend the equipment and use of the kiln. Otherwise, I think there are some porcelain pens (dozen or so basic colours) that you can just buy and draw directly on the porcelain and put into the oven. I think I'll check them out as well!

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    2. Ooooh! I also found another cool product! I bet you could use a nib pen with this one...!
      http://www.creativdiscount.de/epages/CreativDiscount.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/CreativDiscount/Products/CKR16600

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  9. WOW!!!! They are awsome!!!! Really love them!!! :D (K)

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  10. uuuuuhhhh......i'm obsessed with these! i have mug love!

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    1. :D YAY! And mug love is a good word!

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