Sunday, 24 July 2016


Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. It’s beautiful in this part of the globe! I hope all of you are enjoying the sunshine and outdoors, we do have occasional rains and that makes it even more green and fresh!
On one such day, I decided to alter a fav coffee mug that had a few cracks and a chipped handle and I wasn’t willing to let go of it yet! I had stored my brushes in it for some time and then I decided I was actually bored of the plain colors it had!
I about making it as a gift for my husband, who shifted into a new cabin recently at work and I thought he needed some color on his table, lol!
So here it goes...the new look to the mug!
I prepped the cup by giving a mild coat of gesso and then decided to decoupage the image of this lovely couple. It is a tissue image and so it was pretty easy to get it on to the curved surface. 
A picture of a couple enjoying the outdoors over a cup of wine! O la la! I am sure this will break the monotony and give my husband to think beyond files and meetings whenever he gets a glance of this image!
I wanted more rugged textures on the mug and went about sticking a crumpled tissue and dry wall tape all around.
 The couple had to be highlighted, ofcourse for reasons more than one, lol!

I had a negative of an ornate oval die cut and decided to focus on the couple using this! I gave texture to that too and made a molded rose using air dry clay too.
All this stuck to the cup, I painted the whole mug with black gesso and then some dry brushing with Folk Art multi surface paints. I am falling in love with these paints for its smoothness on any surface! I just did dry brushing randomly with green and blue just hitting on the highs!
This gave an instant life to the mug. The bluish green hues with black in the crevices just added so much depth to this project. Just look at that mild, it looks so antique.
I am glad that in spite of the floral element, it still can pass off as a masculine project, what say????
I tied some rope to the handle to cover the chips and then did the sane technique there too!
The mug was ready except for this little stamped sentiment, a clear stamp form a local store I thought was apt for this “MUG” !
Cheers to life, Cheers to good times, Cheers to good health and Cheer to a bright Tomorrow...and more! 

This MUG is no ordinary one now....sure to make him think for a minute or bring a smile definitely!
Do you think he should keep his stationery in there or just a bunch of flowers???? Which is better? 

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

I would like to enter the following challenges...
Lessology- Mug shot
Stamps and Stencils- Tic Tac Toe (flowers, tissue, image)
All Sorts Challenge- Anything But a card.
A Vintage Journey- Monochromatic

Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


  1. Of course flowers! Will bring life n beauty in the corporate office cabin:) loved the textures n the grungy look a lot !

  2. Of course flowers! Will bring life n beauty in the corporate office cabin:) loved the textures n the grungy look a lot !

  3. Wow! This is gorgeous... what a work of art! I think my favorite is that rope handle... very cool... but really all of it is very cool... Thanks so much for playing along at Lessology this month!

  4. An awesome alteration, I would not know how to transform a Mug. Your is stunning.
    Yvonne xx

  5. Awesome! Love the colours & textures created and the couple is perfect to remind the memories between work, perfect masculine gift!

  6. The texture is just awesome, masculine as well.!

  7. Love the texture on this Rupa, the rope handle and the image and the cheerful contrast the tag brings !!

  8. Very special and a great design!
    Lia, Dt S4F

  9. Awesome Rupa...especially love the handle
    Dr Sonia

  10. What a beautiful creation you made :-)) Fantastic mixed media.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Scrapping4Fun. Hugs, Andreja

  11. Wow, this is an amazing idea and looks great, thanks for joining us at Allsorts. xx

  12. Of course flowers to add on more cheers to the ambience. Loved it .. totally a fan of yours forever !

  13. This is such a great way to cheer up a cracked mug Rupa! I love the masculine colours and the wonderful texture you created on the mug. It does look beautiful with the flowers and I am sure your hubby will be very pleased to have this on his desk to fill with all his own 'bits and bobs' (personally I would keep the flowers!!). Thanks so much for joining in our Monochromatic challenge at A Vintage Journey. Anne xxx

  14. Lovely upcycle....that rope twisted around the handle looks fabulous & I really like the depth those colours bring to it all. Great idea & I personally prefer the flowers - but for him in the office...deffo the pens!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your story, techniques and project with us at LESSology:):)

  15. A great piece of altering Rupa! You never cease to amaze me with your ingenuity! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us over at Stamps and Stencils . Toni x

  16. Great work, Love the texture
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Have a great week
    Rachelle DT

  17. What a great altered project! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamps and Stencils. Ruth x

  18. What a wonderful makeover you've given your chipped mug! I love the rope covered handle and the textured background you've created. Hope your husband is pleased with it!Thank you so much for joining in our Monochromatic Challenge at A Vintage Journey. Julia x