Ingenious Coffee Mugs Save Artists From Accidentally Drinking Their Paint Water

Paint Not Paint Mugs are Funny Coffee Mugs

Artists, how many times have you almost ingested your gunky paint water thinking it was your afternoon tea? It’s an unwelcome surprise, but one that doesn’t have to happen anymore—thanks to illustrator Hallie Bateman. She’s created a handy set of mugs labeled “paint water” and “not paint water” so that you’ll never make the mistake again.

Bateman’s funny coffee mugs prove that sometimes, art imitates life. “I created these mugs,” she tells My Modern Met, “after years of absent-mindedly sipping paint water and dipping my brush in my coffee.” It can even happen to the pros, so artists of all skill levels are sure to find these ceramic cups helpful.

The Paint Water / Not Paint Water mugs come in a set of two and hold a standard 11 ounces of liquid. Each has a tapered tip with a V-shaped handle design, making them a stylish variation on the conventional coffee cup. They are now available through the My Modern Met Store.

Hallie Bateman’s funny coffee mugs are labeled “paint water” and “not paint water” to ensure you never make the mistake again.

Paint Not Paint Mugs are Funny Coffee Mugs

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All images via My Modern Met Store. 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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