Painter and pop culture icon Bob Ross believed that “there’s an artist hidden at the bottom of every single one of us.” Through The Joy of Painting, an instructional painting program, Ross made it his mission to acquaint amateur and aspiring artists with their inner creatives. Seemingly inspired by this concept, the Unemployed Philosophers Guild has crafted a quirky Bob Ross mug that reveals its own secret surprise—no paintbrush required.
This clever color-changing mug captures Ross’ ability to transform a blank canvas into a beautiful masterpiece. When empty, the ceramic cup is adorned with only a portrait of Ross set against a stark black backdrop. Fill it with a warm drink, however, and watch the magic happen as a stunning landscape painting appears right before your eyes.
Like any heat activated mug, this fun product is perfect for people who love quirky coffee cups. However, it is the subject that makes it particularly special. During the 11-year run of The Joy of Painting, Ross proved that, with a little positivity, anyone can pick up a paintbrush and become an artist. By famously framing mistakes as “happy accidents” and reassuring viewers that “all you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind,” Ross transformed an intimidating process into an inspiring journey.
Though Ross sadly passed away in 1995, his legacy lives on. In addition to binge-watching The Joy of Painting on YouTube and skimming through step-by-step painting instructions in Painting with Bob Ross, you can now even incorporate Ross’ positive energy into your morning routine, turning a normal cup of coffee into a reminder to “do something every day that will make you happy.”
You can now find this Bob Ross heat-activated mug in the My Modern Met Store.