Recently I was able to try my hand at using DecoArt’s glass stain paints.
I am really, really pleased with how this came out! So let me show you what I did…
Because the glass stains will run while wet, you need to work on a fairly flat surface. Therefore, doing this on a round jar is just not feasible. However, because you can use these glass stains on both glass and plastic, these containers were the perfect canvas.
QUICK NOTE: This project takes a full 4 days to complete. The actual work you do on the project is not the time consuming part, it’s the drying time. The first step is the leading (outline) and that must dry for 6-8 hours. After you fill in the color, that must dry for 24 hours. Please note that the pictures you see here only have two completed sides. I will update this post next week after all four sides are done and I’m back from traveling. :)First I traced the container onto a piece of paper. Then I used a ruler to add horizontal lines at varying heights.
Next I added in vertical lines and a couple of circles to create the design.
I cut the design out so that it would fit inside the container, and lightly taped it inside to use as my pattern.
I used the silver leading (black is also available) to draw lines, using my pattern as a guide. It’s important that all of the lines touch so that when you fill in the sections with color, it doesn’t escape and leak over to another square.
I also made my lead lines a little thin on the first side, not giving them quite enough height as I should have. Therefore when I added the color they tumbled over the side, so for the remaining sides I made the leading a bit thicker.
This must dry for 6-8 hours. If the room is humid, be sure to wait the full 8 hours.
Now it’s time to fill in the sections with color – the fun part! When I started, I filled them a bit too full and ended up soaking some of the sections up with sponge and starting over. Again, this had to do with my thin lines on the first side. I got into a groove though :)
I alternated colors so that no same color was side by side. Now the really hard part… the waiting! 24 hours. You must let it dry for 24 hours.
Then simply repeat these steps for each side of the container!
I loved working with these glass stain paints and will be brainstorming more projects for this beautiful product. In the meantime, if you would like to give them a try, Americana Glass Paints are available at Michaels, JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, Pat Catan’s Craft Centers, A.C. Moore, Beverly’s, and other fine craft retailers. For more information on Americana Glass Paints visit http://www.decoart.com/glasspaint.