Design Your Own Graphic Dinnerware

Are you an admirer of Marimekko’s graphic black and white ceramics, but don’t want to spend $22 for a mug? Here are a few ideas on how to recreate the look for less.

Above: Plates and bowls painted by Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap. To make them, Hagler only uses affordable white china and a porcelain pen from her local crafts store.

Above: Consider the Bullet Tip Marker by Porcelaine 150; $6.


Above: Inspiration seen on Aesthetic Outburst.

Above: A few more pattern ideas from Swedish ceramicist Kajsa Cramer.


For another DIY project, visit Remodelista’s post Lampshade Frames as Decor.

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Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


Dana W.
Dana W.3 years ago

Your story didn't mention if the items are reusable immediately or must be baked in the oven ?

Dana W.
Dana W.3 years ago

Love this idea. Dollar stores are a good source for inexpensive dishes and containers to decorate. I think this would be a really fun activity for a kid's party and make a good party favor.

susan k.
susan k.3 years ago

I have tried this with a child's picture for a mother's day present . We didn't use this marker , where do I find them and do they come in colors . Thanks for sharing.

Nils Lunde

My mother was good in this... :-)

Kathleen Cazander

Fun idea. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy K.
Kathy K.3 years ago

Oh, these are totally cool! I don't think I have a steady-enough hand for it but I really love the idea.

Shan D.
Shan D.3 years ago

Now this is a cool idea - and perfect for those of us who are not professional artists!

Emma B
Emma B3 years ago

Oo! They come in different colors, too! Thanks.

Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

I like plain white.