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.


Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Dana W.
Dana W5 years ago

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

Dana W.
Dana W5 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 k5 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
PlsNoMessage se5 years ago

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

Kathleen Cazander

Fun idea. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy K.
Kathy K5 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 D5 years ago

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

Emma B
Emma Blydenburgh5 years ago

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

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

I like plain white.