How to Paint Ceramic

Time: 1 hour + dry time
Materials: ceramic bowl or mug, vitrea 160 paint, brush, tape, oven

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorialAlright internet, I’m sure you’ve seen DIYS floating around with alternative ways for painting ceramic/china/glass etc, but this is the method that I have found to be foolproof and dishwasher safe.

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorialI used Vitrea 160 because I had it on hand from painting glass previously. If you’d like to use this technique on mugs or plates, be sure to use a food safe paint (Porecelaine 150 will work).

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorialTape off the area you’d like to paint, or start free handing your design. If you use tape, be sure to remove it before the paint dries. If you don’t, there’s a chance the paint will peel up with the tape. The design can still scratch off at this phase so be careful; this also means you can make minor touchups at this time since the paint can be removed.

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorial
Let dry fully, instructions say to wait 24 hours (I baked mine after 3 hours since my paint wasn’t thickly applied). After you are satisfied with your design, remember this is a permanent process, place your dish in the oven for 40 minutes at 325°F. Don’t take out of the oven until completely cool otherwise you risk the chance of your dish breaking. It’s best to turn off the oven then leave your dish inside until the oven is no longer warm.

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorial

How to Paint Ceramic-- click through for step by step tutorial


  • Melissa

    Love these bowls! I did something similar with a coffee mug awhile back and ‘baked’ it, totally works! :)

    • It’s so excited that it actually works, isn’t it?! The possibilities are endless :)

  • Thank you for this! I’ve tried it before, but the paint always ends up coming off, which is sorta lame :( Excited to give this a shot!!

    • My pleasure Ashley! And I totally agree– what’s the point of designing something by hand if it doesn’t stick? Excited to hear how this turns out for you!

  • HelloLidy

    How adorable! Definitely have to try this!


    • Yay, thanks Lidy! I bet you will make something absolutely brilliant with this technique :)

  • I LOVE the designs you created! Especially the one that matches your site design ;)

    • Thanks Amy! I’m so addicted to that pattern right now. It’s all about branding, right ;) ?

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  • this is enormous! XOXO

  • PERFECT timing Rachel!! I’ve been searching all over the internet for all those DIY ceramic sharpie mug posts because every. single. one. is different and certain pens/paints won’t work, aren’t dishwasher safe, etc. etc. all I wanted to do was paint a mug for a friend’s birthday, ha, so thanks! Hopefully I can find that paint at the art store near me!

  • Priscilla Barreto

    Such lovely ceranic bowls Rachel! Your DIY are very usefull and adoreble. I will try to do some of thoso to decorate and use in my new kitchen.
    Keep posting to us!
    Kisses and hugs,

  • Roman

    Hello, Rachel, and thank you for this useful and nice site! But it seems, that porcelain paints is not safe, as you wrote above

    “Porcelaine 150 : Can the decorated objects be put in contact with food?
    No, only surfaces not intended for food contact may be decorated. ”

  • Roman


    “Are you planning on using Pebeo Pens to paint your own plates?

    I had the exact same concern, and did some research before I started painting plates.
    The problem doesn’t seem to be the paint itself, but how the use of the item could alter the paint.

    Here’s an excerpt from a letter Pebeo wrote to Adorn magazine, which I found at
    (Love Ginger’s blog, by the way.)

    “We have contacted Pebeo and have confirmed that the Pebeo Porcelaine Paint 150 used in our Adorn feature is food safe. The paint has been tested at Duke University, and was reported non-toxic and food safe for food contact.

    Though the paint is non-toxic, it is not recommended for use on a dinner plate because sharp objects, such as a steak knife, could damage the design and bacteria could potentially become trapped in cracks caused by utensils. However, the paint itself is not harmful to ingest even if scraped off.

    The reason the paint is not currently FDA approved is cost. The cost for FDA approval is approximately $50,000 per paint color, which Pebeo may pursue at a future time.”

  • An He

    I’m confused becasue the porceline paint site (and many other websites) states on it that it is not safe for surfaces that come into contact with food…. Proceline 150 is not food safe. So, does anyone know of an actual FOOD SAFE ceramic paint?

    • Patty P

      No. I’ve searched high and low. The answer is “There is officially NO food safe product one can use to paint on surfaces or even apply a clear finish where food comes into contact mwith the new paint or finish.” The only food safe finishes on ceramic are glazes that fire at 2000 degrees or more and actually turn into glass. That having been said, I have read that if they are non-toxic, the manufactruers cannot seel them as food-safe becasue some have latex that some people have allergies to, and that since many of the paints are easily scraped off, they could be ingested. For pwersonal ouse, I plane to err on the side of safety.

      I was looking to paint existing cermic bowls and such I already have to make a garden fountain my cat and native birds could drink from safely. I decided to leave the ceramics the color they are and proceed.

  • Coco Chan

    I want to buy the ceramic paint, can send it to Hong Kong? It is safe for food if I drawing in plate?

  • B.S.B

    If i bake it at 752 F, will it cause any damage to the painting I do on glass or will it damage the painting? Also will the time of baking change with temperature? And lastly is it safe against alkaline washing?

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