Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social media sites on the Internet — especially among creative professionals and arts & crafts enthusiasts. Beautifully designed to emulate the clean, elegant aesthetics of Pinterest that users recognize and love, Pinterest Perfect! features the artwork, projects, and inspirational designs of talented artists and crafters, each of whom enjoys a sizeable fan base in the digital space and elsewhere. Filled with step-by-step projects, tutorials, art tips, and crafting techniques on everything from drawing, painting, and illustration to mixed media, typography, and papercrafts, each featured artist shares her unique art style with readers in an interactive and engaging format. Each section features a brief introduction to the artist, followed by four to six easy-to-follow, step-by-step projects and/or art techniques. Open practice pages at the end of each section invite readers to brainstorm, sketch, and collect inspiration for their own artistic projects. In addition, useful sidebars throughout the book share tips for using Pinterest efficiently and effectively, as a hobbyist and professional artist. Sidebar topics include creating a virtual artist morgue, collaborating with others on community boards, using boards to promote a business or share a portfolio, and much more. One part inspiration, one part how-to, and filled to the brim with color, inspiration, and beautiful artwork, Pinterest Perfect! is the picture-perfect visual resource for any artist, crafter, or creative Pinterest enthusiast.

Gemma Correll - Illustrated Mug

Gemma Correll – Illustrated Mug
View larger
Artist Gemma Correll – Illustrated Ceramic Mug

Tired of the same old boring coffee mug you drink from every morning? Spice things up with your own unique, illustrated ceramic mug. Make a bunch to give as gifts…or keep them all to yourself.

Step One: Decide what you’re going to draw on the mug. ..
  • A witty and hilarious slogan
  • Your star sign
  • A coffee-related pun
  • I’m going to draw a cat with lots of legs because…well, why not?
Gemma Correll - Illustrated Mug

Gemma Correll – Illustrated Mug
View larger
Step Two & Three: Design & Draw

Draw your design out on paper first. You can also pencil the design out on the mug, if you feel like it.

Start drawing your design on the mug. Don’t worry if you make a mistake–just wipe it clean with a wet wipe while the paint is still wet. (Make sure it’s dry before you continue drawing. ) Start on the opposite side to your drawing hand so that you don’t smudge your artwork as you go around the mug.

Step Four: Make Your Mug Dishwasher Safe

If you used paint pens, you can make your mug dishwasher safe by baking it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350f/180c (or whatever your paint pen packaging tells you to do).