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A Glassy Affair... by Priyanka ,  Jan 24, 2013
This sure is a glassy affair. Glass can make a canvas for art. You can color it, etch it, stain it, cut it or paint on it in different colors. Here we tell you about techniques to make that plain, transparent glass look exquisite and beautiful. Here's your guide to glass art.
    Tired of those glass containers you’ve had forever? Don’t toss them! Vase, carafe, jar or bottle, we’ll teach you two techniques that take them from lackluster to lovely. So go ahead—spend less time scouring the stores for glassware in that perfect shade, and more time making accents that fit the décor in every room of your home.
Glass Painting Techniques: Milk Glass When you coat the inside with white or pastel paint, glassware takes on the look of the coveted, creamy-colored milk glass we’re all hoping to find for a steal at the thrift store. But pale hues aren’t the only option! For a pop of color anywhere, tint your glass in bright shades like turquoise or tangerine.Materials Assorted clear glassware* Gain with Bleach Alternative dishwashing liquid Tray, to catch drips (Aluminum baking tins and cardboard box lids work great!) Acrylic or latex paint, color(s) of your choice*Tip: Both of these techniques work on just about any type of glassware—old jars, empty soda and olive oil bottles and vintage bud vases are just the beginning! Just be sure they’re transparent and stripped of labels. Instructions
  1. transform old glass inset1Clean glassware with dish soap. Let dry completely.
  2. Working over a drip tray, pour paint down the inside walls of the vessel and swirl to coat, adding more as needed. Once it’s completely coated, hold upside down and let the excess drain off.
  3. Set vessels upside down in the tray to dry. After 30 minutes, lift and wipe up excess paint. Repeat until no excess paint remains, then flip upright and let dry 24 hours before using.
Tip: A series of homemade milk glass gives instant style to the mantel, and they’re the perfect holders for faux florals, paper pinwheels and crafting or office supplies. Just don’t fill them with water or serve food from them, as the paint may wear away. Transform Old GlassGlass Painting Techniques: Raised Details With puffy paint, you can create raised designs like lettering and beading. Finish with high gloss or matte paint, and suddenly glassware goes from plain to pretty (and personalized)! Go modern with matte black glassware—filled with fresh flowers—or excite eyes with a rainbow of high gloss color.Materials Assorted clear glassware Gain with Bleach Alternative dishwashing liquid White grease pencil Puffy paint Spray paint, color(s) of your choiceInstructions
  1. transform old glass inset2Clean glassware with Gain with Bleach Alternative dishwashing liquid and let dry completely.
  2. Sketch designs onto the glass with a white grease pencil—think dots, geometric shapes, spirals, stripes, monograms, words or phrases.
  3. Using puffy paint, carefully trace your sketches. Let dry completely.
  4. Outdoors or over a newspaper-lined work surface, spray paint over the raised designs. Let dry completely, then use as desired.

Tip: Look for a design online—our paper butterfly templates are a great place to start—then print, slide inside the glassware so it faces out and copy the lines with a grease pencil. Or tape a stencil around the glassware and trace.

Lately I have been drooling over white in decor-stark, shiny white. (Like that makes any sense with three boys and a big dog!)

I have been noticing white glass and ceramic everywhere as well.  These Ceramic vases from West Elm are gorgeous (and on sale right now!)

Or how about this Milk Glass lamp from Pottery Barn? I swoon!

When we were packing up for the move I realized I have boxes upon boxes of vases that I neither like nor use.  Many of these are cheap florist vases that I received when my husband was deployed when we were dating. (He was wooing me, I got a LOT of flowers that year! Nowadays I prefer an extra hour of sleep to flowers!) Some of the vases I had picked up at the dollar store to use as centerpieces for charity events I used to plan.

So as I unpacked all those vases last week for the umpteenth time since we got married I decided to try to transform them into something I’d actually like looking at!

Since we pretty much go to Lowe’s daily since the move it was a no-brainer that I was going to need some spraypaint.  I used Rust-o-leum Universal in Gloss White, It worked great on my IKEA Bookcase Makeover and I love that you can use it on any surface.

(And yes, the grass seed in the backyard is sprouting very nicely, thank you for noticing!)

Twenty minutes later and voila! Faux milk glass/ceramic! I actually couldn’t decide what it looked like more hence my somewhat indecisive blog post title! The ornate glass vase looks a lot like milk glass but the smooth dollar store vases remind me of the West Elm ceramic vases I had been coveting.

Regardless, they look a heck of a lot better than before and I am just giddy at how they turned out!

Glass Coloring Techniques

Glass coloring is the technique which involves adding different substances to glass when it is still in a molten state during manufacture. There are various ways in which color can be added to glass.
The art of coloring glass is an ancient one, and was used extensively in the Egyptian and Roman times. It was almost by accident that early chemists discovered that adding certain ingredients would impart a color to the finished product. Colored glass, specifically, stained glass has been used in churches and other places of worship for centuries. The Arab alchemist Geber was one of the first scientists to discover that adding metallic compounds to glass during the manufacturing process resulted in colored glass. This is still one of the most widely used glass coloring processes today. Glass coloring should not be confused with glass painting. Painting involves creating designs using specific paints and materials on finished glass objects.

How to Make a Stained Glass Window with Tissue Paper

Making stained glass window with tissue paper is an easy DIY project. Also, this project is so versatile that you can make many window glass art designs with it. Here are tips on how to make a stained window glass with tissue paper.
Stained glass windows look cool. To observe them, you can go to old churches. You will surely observe beautiful windows there. Or you can simply go to a home improvement store near your place. There check out various designs, patterns and styles of stained glass windows. Mosaic design is a pretty popular design used to make such glass windows. Many glass windows which are stained have a design which is created inside a circle. Also, religious symbols are quite commonly seen on stained windows. Some stained windows are so huge, that a full scene is stained on them by the artist. Stained windows are attractive home fixtures. The real process of staining windows can be quite tedious. Hence, there are professionals who do staining for windows. Also, special materials are required for staining windows. The process of making stained glass window goes like this. During the manufacturing procedure of the glass, the glass gets colored by the addition of metallic salts. This colored glass gets added to the window glass. The small pieces of glass are arranged in a specific desired pattern, and it is made to stick to the window glass with the help of lead and a rigid frame. Sounds like quite a difficult process, doesn't it? However, you don't have to be bothered about this. With some creativity and basic household stuff you can make your own stained glass window with tissue. Yep, it looks almost like the real one. So, let's get started.Tips on Making a Stained Glass Window with Tissue PapersThings You Need
  • School Glue
  • Various Tissue Paper Sheets
  • Scissor
  • Paper Cutter
  • Brush (to apply glue)
  • Pencil
  • Black Sketch pen
Making School Glue You can buy school glue at a stationery store or make a small batch of it for the project at home. To make school glue follow these steps. Don't go with any exact proportions of material when making the glue, but do try to make a medium-sized batch. Say about two cups. For this take white flour and water and whisk them together till you get a smooth nice paste. Let the mix boil for say 10-15 minute. The paste should be of medium consistency, neither too drippy nor too thick. Add some petroleum jelly to the paste to make it more sticky.Staining the Window with Tissue To stain the window first decide on a pattern or a design. Mosaic is the simplest of all, as you can hide your mistakes easily in it. So, on the glass window draw a design. Say of big flowers with a stem and few leaves. If you want in a corner you can add a small sun with tiny rays too. Draw the design with the sketch pen. This is a rough design. Now, brush on the school glue on the circle completely. Then inside the design start sticking small bits of colored tissue paper. Different tissues for the flower, green tissue for leaves, yellow for sun, etc. Let the window dry completely. Again apply a layer of school glue. Then on the borders of the drawing apply black bits of tissue paper. Finally let it dry and again apply another coat of school glue. Voila! Beautiful stained glass window art is ready! These were some useful tips and techniques that will help to create stained window glass art with tissues. You can make beautiful and varied design and patterns on various glass items by following the above tips. This will help you make great looking stained glass stuff, like stained glass vases, votive, frames, glasses, etc. that you can gift to others. So, what are you waiting for? Collect all the things you need, and get started on the project.

Stained Glass Window Art

Staining glass for creating artistic designs is an age-old technique. Today, it has become a common decorative setting for many households, where people love to customize windows and other types of glass pieces with a varied range of colors and themes. We have provided you a simple guide to this art form, in this article. Read on...
Staining glass is a brilliant art form that originated in Rome and Egypt. Gothic cathedrals in France and England had explicitly designed window art, that gained much popularity in the medieval period. Glass windows and artifacts were beautifully enamored with colors, and the classical style further spread to Belgium and Germany during the reformation and renaissance period. This art form received an industrial boost, and today, artistically designed glass works are largely used for the purpose of interior decoration.Stained Glass Window Art: An Overview Staining glass is not as difficult as it seems to be. Although painters and sculptors, during the medieval and renaissance period, excelled in this art and adopted various sophisticated techniques to attain perfection, you can still carry it out at home with some simple techniques. Kids can utilize this concept for their craft projects once they know the process. We explain you some easy-to-do techniques over here.Choice of Paint Glass could be stained with a wide range of colors. Beginners can opt for oil pastels and crayons to create outlines and also for filling. Errors while drawing can easily be eliminated with a pastel color eraser. You can opt for acrylics or oil paints to create a long-lasting effect. Oil paints fix perfectly on glass, rending a shine to the artwork. Traditional paintings were basically done with typical window stains like vinegar trace paints, silver paints and matte paints. Vinegar trace paint is a dark stain that is used for the purpose of blocking light wherever needed. Borders and fine features are usually emboldened with vinegar paints. Matte paints offer a much finer finish, and are used for creating textures by differential blending techniques. Silver stains produce a shimmering effect and it adds elegance to glass works. Thus, the choice of paint depends on the nature of your painting, the chosen theme, and the effect you want to produce. Themes for Glass Windows If you want to emulate the Gothic themes of medieval times, then you must look into masterpieces like Chartres Cathedral, 'Christ in Majesty' from Strasbourg Cathedral La Sainte-Chapelle and Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. The intricate designs are indeed difficult to produce, and you need years of experience to master them. Some quick and easy themes that could be opted for are celestial, floral, beach, and Christmas themes. Kids can paint cartoons, angels and fairies on glass windows. If your window is facing the lawns and greenery present outside your house, then you can stain with colors that will reflect green colors and would also blend well with nature. Tiffany style glass windows are classy, and they are enamored with multiple shades and colors. No matter what theme you choose, make sure that it matches up the interiors as well as the outside view of your house. Stained glass window clip art contains traditional designs for windows and their borders. Modern glass windows containing contemporary themes have become an essential setting of many houses.How to Paint The techniques depend upon the type of paint you are using. Window glass staining kits are available in hardware stores, and they are equipped with primary films, paints and brushes. Clubbing glass pieces together on the surface of an adhesive film is a tricky process that requires immense expertise. You can first sketch the design on a tracing paper before applying the paint directly onto the glass, and then draw the same on the glass window with a glass marker. The process of application of oil paints and crayons on a glass is similar to that of applying on a canvas. You can blend the paints with gum so that it adheres to the substrate permanently. Vinegar paint is first diluted with water to create a smooth composition, and then it is mixed with gum arabic. The glass surface and the paint brush should be adequately moist before applying the paint. A tracing paint of moderately light tone is used to sketch the figures roughly on which the matte paint is applied by hand or with a broad bristled brush. Sections that require to be filled up with heavy coats are usually given matte finishes. Allow the glass to dry completely so that the color doesn't come out. Stained glass window art requires years of practice to attain perfection. The techniques and process that have been explained in this article are easy to perform. You can understand the complexities and finer details only if you study the glass staining techniques in depth. Window glasses when enamored with beautiful designs are capable of uplifting the décor of house to a great extent.

Enamel Paint for Glass

The enamel paint for glass finds application mainly in hobby or art and craft work. However, dishware of regular use can also be decorated with interesting patterns using these paints. Let us get some idea as to what is enamel paint and how do we use them.
The use of glass enamels is relatively new in comparison to the painting on stained glass. The enamel paints are materials which harden after being exposed to air. These paints attain a glossy finish after hardening and on transparent surfaces as glass looks fabulous. There are many products of such paints available in the market. While using these paints, the process of air-drying or baking can be used to harden it. Glass Enamel Paints For any creative person who wants to try his hands on variety of surfaces, enamel paint for glass, wood as well as other surfaces are available. A brief info on these products and the technique of using them is given below.Delta PermEnamel This paint is primarily made for painting on glass however, one can also use it for different materials like metals, tiles and ceramics. The surface to be painted with PermEnamel first, must be cleaned with soap and water. This surface, then, needs to be painted with the conditioner; the conditioners generally come with enamel paint products. Applying conditioners to the surface of glass helps in binding the paint to the surface in a proper manner. A hazy layer of conditioner can be observed after its application and it needs to be left undisturbed for 10 days. After this curing period the PermEnamel paint can be used to realize what you want to create with this paints and glass. In addition, to heighten the effect the PermEnamel Gloss Glaze can be used to make the paint appear transparent.Plaid Folk Art Enamels The Plaid Folk Art Enamels is an acrylic enamel paint meant for use on glass. This paint doesn't offer compatibility with water. Before using this paint, one would require the glass surface to be cleaned with alcohol. In order to add a greater degree of transparency to the paint, one can think about adding the clear medium provided by Folk Art Enamels. Curing process for this paint requires a period of 21 days in air-dry condition.Decoart Ultra Gloss Acrylic Enamels This product can be used on different surfaces including glass. The surfaces other than glass include resin, candles, plastic, etc. Vinegar and warm water should be used for cleaning the surface before applying enamel paint. This glossy paint product is resistant to scratching and maintains the integrity of the patterns or the designs created on the glass for a long time. Unlike, other products available in the market which need conditioners for the paint to bind properly, the Ultra Gloss Acrylic Enamels can be used on its own. Air-curing is the commonly used process for this paint. In order to make the enamel paint suitable to dishware, one should consider oven baking it after the application.Enamel Paint Pens for Glass The enamel paint pens, that are available, are handy to use and suited for different types of surfaces including glass. Tip of these pens is around 2 mm and their average cost ranges from $2-$3. Baking makes the enamel paint pens suited for dish ware.Enamel Paint Drying Time The time required for enamel paint to dry depends on the two factors i.e. temperature and humidity. It can range from few hours to several days. It may amaze you to know that the enamel paint doesn't actually dry; curing is the process/reaction which follows after the exposure of these paints to air. In the process of curing, the paint gets oxidized. An artwork undertake when the temperature is low takes longer time in drying. Humidity is also a factor which causes the drying time to extend. The hot and dry conditions helps in quick drying/curing. Thickness of the coat also affects the time needed for drying. A thick coat requires more time for drying and vice versa. Enamel paint for glass gives us the freedom to decorate glass utensils. Decorated with artwork, the appearance of these glass items is enhanced to a great extent. One should however, take the necessary precautions while using these paints for dishware. Enough amount of curing/drying should be carried out, in order to, make the glass utensils safe for use after application of these paints. So, get that favorite color of yours and paint the glass with beautiful patterns and designs.

How to Make Hand Painted Wine Glasses

Decorative painted wine glasses can be easily made at home. Here is a guide on making hand painted wine glasses to give as gifts or favors.

How to Make Hand Painted Wine Glasses

Decorative painted wine glasses can be easily made at home. Here is a guide on making hand painted wine glasses to give as gifts or favors.
Hand painted wine glasses make excellent wedding favors as well as gifts for any occasion. However, beautiful and decorative, wine glasses can be expensive. So, why not make them at home yourself? Making these glasses is also one of the best and engaging craft projects for adults and kids. And note, it can also be a useful one as you can make your own gift articles at home, and also get rid of mismatched wine glasses. Here is a guide and detailed instructions for the same.Painting Wine Glasses At Home There are different types of wine glasses and you can make use of any type for hand painting. You will require the following things for making these favors at home.
  • Wineglasses (type and number according to your choice)
  • 2 ¼ inch flat brushes
  • 1 script liner
  • 1 spongy brush
  • Gloss acrylic enamel paint colors of your choice (meant for glass painting)
  • 1 Styrofoam plate
  • Paper towels and container to wash brush
Procedure
  1. First you should wash the wineglasses clean and pat them dry completely.
  2. Now with a sponge, put a very thin layer of enamel surface conditioner and let it dry completely.
  3. There are two methods of making designs on wine glasses. Firstly, you can make a stencil of the design on a butter or wax paper. Cut the paper according to the design. Not put the stencil directly on the glass and color according to the design. Let it dry and then remove the paper.
  4. Secondly, you can select your design and practice on a paper directly with colors until you gain perfection. Once done, you can directly paint on the wine glasses and let it dry.
  5. Both the methods are equally simple and you can follow either of them.
  6. The flat brushes are used for painting the larger designs and the script liner for drawing and painting the finer lines.
  7. Once done with the drawing and painting, you should let the glasses dry for 24-40 hours.
  8. Now you will need to bake the glass so that the color sets completely.
  9. Place the colored glass in the oven, heat the oven to 325 degrees F and bake for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Turn the oven off and allow the glass to cool inside the oven.
  11. Once the glass is cooled completely, you are done. Your homemade painted wine glasses are ready!
As mentioned above, these wine glasses can be considered as one of the best gifts for any occasion. The following are some design options that you can consider for making decorated wine glasses.
  • Floral patterns, flowers and leaves, buds, etc.
  • Fish, aquarium, reef
  • Stars, dots, hearts, smiley
  • Names, initials, short quotes
  • Fruits like grapes, oranges, etc.
Stem wine glasses, stemless wine glasses as well as German wine glasses, etc. can be used for making these favors. You can fill these hand painted wine glasses with chocolates, candies or other goodies, if you are gifting them as favors. One of the most important thing to remember while using these glasses is that they should always be cleaned with a mild detergent and with hand and should never be put into a dishwasher.
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