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LOVE “Doodle” Bowls–Sharpie Art

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It’s February–the month of LOVE.  I have a super easy and fun project for you–something that makes a great gift idea or just decor around the house.  It’s Sharpie Art–specifically ‘Doodle’ Love Art!  All you need is a ceramic dish and some Sharpies.  Seriously, that’s it.  And channel your 8 year old self and doodle like you’re writing a note to your friend! (Remember writing notes and folding them in those cool ways?)

 photo lovebowls_zpse506909b.jpgHere’s an important tidbit to remember:  Use the PAINT Sharpies.  They work SO well for these and they are non-toxic.  I have heard of others having a hard time making the regular Sharpie stay on even after baking but the Paint Sharpies worked awesome.  

I’m no artist so these are far from perfect but that’s the beauty of it.  And if you mess up a little, you can always doodle around it and no one will even know.  Just doodle away!  This also makes a GREAT kids craft…so go get some mugs or bowls and some Sharpies and give them to your kids and they will be entertained for a little while.  I tried not to touch the areas I’d already drawn on just in case they smudged.

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Don’t forget the inside!
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Okay, that’s all well and good but what do you do now that you’ve finished your artful masterpiece?  Bake it in the oven at 425 degrees for a half hour.  When the timer is up, turn off the oven and let it cool in the oven.  This is the best way to get that marker to really adhere to the ceramic and it shouldn’t wash off.  I haven’t actually tested it in the dishwasher so maybe handwash, but they were cheap thrifted bowls so it didn’t really matter.

Heidi is a blogger, creator, and a mom of three.  She loves sewing, quilting, cooking, crafting, painting, decorating, and designing.  To make sure you don’t miss any of her latest creations, please sign up for Honeybearlane’s RSS feed.  


  1. Are these okay to eat out of if you ‘paint’ the inside?

  2. Leslie Wallace says:

    Went and got the markers today. Thank you for the great idea!

  3. They have both oil based and water based paint markers… Which ones would be best? Would it matter? Do they sell these at Walmart? I live out in the boondocks and Joann or hobby lobby is over an hour away.

  4. Does anyone know if this will work on corelle?

  5. Tina Buenzow says:

    Love the bowls my 21 yr old son just moved out and i want to doodle some bowls for him…i think he’d get a kick out of them!:) thanks for the idea about the paint Sharpies…i have some i bought but wasn’t sure how to use them….now i do!

  6. Jody Hodges says:

    Have tried this and it washes right off. I imagine it has to be oil-based markers because regular sharpies do not bake on permanently.

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