Friday, August 8, 2014

A DIY - Making My Own Stenciled Mug (Not Yet Completed)

As a few of you know, my BELOVED Anchorman mug that I purchased at the Newseum in Washington, DC came to its tragic end during my stay in Jamaica (because of my butterfingers):

I was going to purchase a few on the Newseum online shop, but due to laziness/cheapness/forgetfulness (I was hoping for a sale), I didn't get around to checking the site til this past week. And of course by this time, the mugs were sold out online. I emailed customer service and they told me that they weren't going to be re-stocked (since the Anchorman exhibit is ending at the end of August) and the mugs had been sold out at the physical gift shop for over a month.

I searched eBay and Craigslist, but alas I haven't seen any pop up.

So just a few days ago I thought, 'Why not try to make them myself?' It looks like all I need are:
- plain diner mugs
- black acrylic paint
- small paint brush
- a pin or tack (to fix any smudges)
- adhesive vinyl (to make the stencil)
- small exacto blade (to cut the stencil)
- print out of my design(s)

There are quite a few tutorials online (thanks, Pinterest!); here's one that I came across during my brief Googling: the Crafty Collaborative.

As I have no graphic design skills, I had to resort to getting images from the interwebz and downloading free fonts to get the look I wanted for the text [edit: I did do some minor editing via this amazing free Photoshop-esque site called Pixlr].

I'm not planning on selling these (they aren't my designs anyway), so I thought I'd share my ideas:

  From top to bottom: Flight of the Conchords, Anchorman (pretty much the same design as my old mug), Ron Swanson (Parks and Rec) and Kenny Powers (Eastbound & Down). The face design would be on one side, with the text on the other. Yes, it will be a beezy to cut out all the text.

As you can tell, I really like the silhouette outline design, and that I sadly have no female characters. (A quick Google search didn't give me any silhouette options for my favorite lady characters). With the people I chose, you can tell they have distinct facial hair, which makes it easy to ID when using the silhouette look.

I haven't purchased any of the materials, but once I do, I'll give an update.