My Christmas gifts for friends this year were all personalized, and my girls in Johnson City got mugs with their monograms on them. As with most things that I decorate free-handed, I typed it up in Word and then found a font that I liked. This one is called KG Eyes Wide Open.
Then I very nervously started painting*. I just started with one thin stroke for each letter, and then went back with a thicker brush and kept adding to it until I got it to my liking. After I was done painting I "baked" them in the oven according to the directions on the paint bottle.
It took about ten minutes to paint each one, and since the mugs were inexpensive and I already had the paint, the results were easy, budget-friendly gifts that everyone loved!
* I used Folk Art Enamel Acrylic Paint. This is the same paint I used to paint these personalized Mr. and Mrs. mugs as a wedding shower gift.