Apr 07, 2018

You’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, right?  Well, I did just that.  Except it was judging beer by it’s can.


I follow some really cool Instagram accounts and a lot of them are booze-related (shocking!).  I like put together accounts and the more visually appealing they are, the better.  That being said, there are some really sweet craft brews out there that have put a lot of thought into their cans.


Stillwater Artisanal is out of Baltimore and has some of the prettiest beer cans you will see.  Very modern and colorful.  Just click on their website and you will get an eyeful of color and their can design definitely follows suit.  As of this post, it is Saturday morning and I have a shoot in a few hours, so I am not going to pound some brews *because standards*, but I will update the taste portion as soon as I can.


I bought Castle Cream Ale a few months ago based on the can design alone.  Honestly, it reminded me of a seventies rollerskating party and I was under the impression based on the can alone it would taste like pop.  It didn’t.  What it did taste like was AMAZING BUBBLY BEER.  It is so good, it shot up to one of my ultimate favorites, and lucky for me, they make it in Minnesota so it is really easy to find.


I picked up a sixer of Elysian DayGlow because of the label. Tigers. Lasers.  A tiger shooting laser beams out of his eyes?  So much yes.  And imagine my surprise when I tasted it, SO GOOD.  It has a tiny citrus/pineapple flavor without being overdone and sweet.  Really delicious.


BauHaus has such happy little pop art cans, they have to be good, right?  Their website and videos are killer, and they have one of the coolest taprooms in Minneapolis.  I grabbed some Sky-Five recently and I am glad I did.  It’s a little maltier than I am used to but still totally crushable.  Nom.


Indeed Brewing is another Minnesota gem and is genius by having a first class artist (Hi ChuckU) on hand to design their beers.  There isn’t an ugly beer in the line up, so it was hard to choose one, but I went with the LSD, (Lavender, Sunflower and Date) brew.  I love the taste of lavender, and this was a little more herby than I anticipated.  It is definitely a taste it took getting used to, but if you are an adventurous drinker, you can get behind the flavors here.

Moral of the story?  Judging beer by the can design is a fun way to try new brews and look fancy too.

Jan 06, 2015

If you are on Pinterest, you have seen a lot of post about decorating your own mug.  It seemed like a fun and quick little project.  Plus, you feel like a real artist when its all done.  I mean, you just designed a unique drinking vessel.  That’s art, YO.


I like the concept, I have made a few as gifts and I had my oldest decorate a mug for his teacher last year.  If a 5 year old could do it, than anyone can.  The trick is finding the right kind of markers.  Many pinners were talking about using the oil-based Sharpies…but I had a hell of a time finding them and when I did, they had a limited color selection, unless you look online, but then you need to buy them in prepackaged groupings, which seemed annoying if you were looking for only specific colors.


This review is based on DecoArt’s glass paint markers, which are available at most craft stores and online.  They are sold individually so you can pick and choose what colors you want, they also have some metallic colors if you need some heavy metal.


If you are a decent free-hand artist, these are pretty easy to use.  I do wish they had either a double tipped marker with a fine tip option.  The tip can be a little thick and getting fine lines is not the easiest.  But otherwise, the colors are good, hold up well over time and the entire process is easy to do.  Super kid-friendly!


All you need to do is clean your glass with glass cleaner, otherwise the paint doesn’t stick well and bleeds a bit.  You do have a window of time to erase your mistake before it dries.  If you are using multiple colors, it’s best to let the 1st color dry before adding the second color over/next to.


Use tape to make straight lines.  Or get crazy with your bad self and go without a guide.


You need to let the finished art set on the glass for 8 hours.  After that time, get your oven set for 375 degrees and bake for 40 minutes.  Then, allow your project to cool with the oven door open.  And BOOM! the marker becomes dishwasher safe!


One of my mugs (the orange chevron one) I made last winter and the ink has held up really well.  If the ink gets thick, it has the potential to scratch off, but otherwise, it is permanent.  You can use these markers on glass, tile, and glazed ceramic.


These are the super hero themed cocoa mugs I made for my boys this Christmas.


And a unicorn.  Because unicorns kick ass.

As for the speckled mug, that was a mistake that actually turned out cool.  Yay for unfortunate accidents!

Untitled-1Overall, I really like these markers and like that it’s a simple project that you can really get creative with.  Thumbs up, DecoArt.


Find yourself some paint markers and get crafty!

Be ironic and make a hipster mug.  Or grab those crazy kids of yours and now you have a fun weekend project to keep them busy for a bit!  Share your finished arty creation photos on my Facebook page or on Instagram at @makingitwithstephany.


Now I am off to fill my mug with coffee!  (and Irish cream.  Shhhhhh.)