Ceramic is slippery stuff. If you’re wanting to paint a ceramic surface then I’ve got some good news for you if you like painting with oils. Can you use oil paint with ceramic? You most certainly can. While you wouldn’t think it would stick, oil and ceramic actually get along like best friends. You just to clean it, tape off what you don’t want painted (or whip out a stencil), and then put your oil paints on – it’s easy as pie!
Today I’ll tell you a little more about oil paints, ceramics, and more. Let’s explore the your painting options and then briefly what other types of paints (beyond your oils) that are compatible!
Can I use oil paint on ceramic mug?
You can used oil-based paints. The best choice for a ceramic mug is going to be enamel paint. It’s a glossy oil-based paint that will look really good on your mug. Oil based markers will work too, if you are just looking to stencil in a design, but with enamel you can take it a step further and bake it right in!
To do this, clean the mug with rubbing alcohol where you intend to paint it and once that dries, go ahead and paint it with your enamel. After this, put your mug on a baking sheet and turn your oven to 360 degrees. Don’t preheat – you want the heat to buildup gradually so that your mug doesn’t crack.
Once your mug has safely cooled, your enamel should be thoroughly baked in and your mug will now be both painted and dishwasher safe.
Ta-da! Enjoy your new fresh-baked mug!
Will oil paint stick to glazed ceramic?
Yes. Oil will stick just fine to glazed ceramic; you’ll just want to be sure to clean the surface first before we get started. After you’ve cleaned the ceramic, you can go ahead and paint it, and you should let it dry for 2 to 3 days just to make sure that it’s well and truly dried enough to seal.
Once you’ve done that, seal it using a water-based urethane coat – 2 coatings are ideal, just to make sure that it is protected. The urethane will be a better varnish than your standard variety, especially if you are painting bathroom tiles, as it’s not going to yellow like some of your standard oil varnishes might do.
Oil paints are not the only paints that you can use for ceramics, of course, so let’s explore your other options before we go!
What is best to paint on ceramics with?
If we’re talking about glazed ceramics, then you’ve got a few options that you can go with if you don’t want to use your oil paints. The easiest options include the following:
- Ceramic paints – Ceramic paints look great and they typically dry within 24 hours, but keep in mind that you’ll need to bake them if you want something fairly permanent. Also, never scrub when you are cleaning them – just use soap and water along with a light touch, as it’s easy to scratch the paint off.
- Spray paints – Spray paints, specifically the types designed for plastic, will stick to glazed tile. Just clean the surface first and stencil in what you want or tape off the sections you don’t want to paint.
- Epoxy paints – Epoxy looks great, but you’ll have to paint what you want quickly and you’ll need to make sure that the surface is very clean before you start. If you are decorating bathroom tiles, just stay away from the shower – rough conditions can cause ‘chalking’, making your epoxy look much less better than before.
- Acrylic and Latex paints – Standard acrylics won’t work, as they’ll peel right off, you can get specialized glass or tile acrylics that will do the job. Latex paint may be used, but you should apply it in thin coats and then you’ll need to varnish it afterwards to make sure that it stays intact.
Today I’ve answered the question ‘can you use oil paints on ceramics’ and as you can see, you definitely can. You’ll want to make sure to clean the surface well first and after that, you can either bake the paints right on or simply seal it up nicely to protect it from the elements. Oil paints stick very well to ceramic, so give it a try sometime – it’s a fun little experiment and painted mugs or tiles make excellent gifts.
While we’re on the subject, I’ve got a 3rd partly link for you that’s in a similar vein – how to paint on porcelain. This link has some suggestions that you can use in order to decorate the porcelain however you like and with a little practice you might even make some nice family keepsakes.
Have fun with your paints and I’ll see you again soon!