It's the end of September - Is it too early to think about the fall holidays? Is it too early to think about Giving Thanks? Expressing gratitude and being grateful is a year round thing for me. Everyday I count my blessings and so grateful for them!
Today, I want to share with you a project created using FolkArt Painting Stencils and some NEW FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint Colors. Yes, I said NEW! There are forty new colors including metallics, pearls, glitters and of course additional satin colors rounding out the original 40 to now 80 colors available. Check them out on PlaidOnLine.com! As you know already, FolkArt Multi-Surface Paints work on a wide variety of surfaces including, wood, tin/metal, glass/ceramics, canvas, terra cotta, paper mache, fabric, Styrofoam and rigid plastic. Once heat set and cured, painted glassware is top shelf dishwasher safe and fabric painted items can be washed.
Today, I want to share with you how nicely the paints work on glassware and I prepared a glass pitcher ready for the fall holidays featuring some of the NEW colors! Let's check out the supplies I needed ....
Begin by thoroughly washing the glass pitcher in warm soapy water. Dry, then moisten a paper towel with rubbing alcohol. Wipe the glass pitcher down to remove any remaining dirt, grease or soap film.
I knew I wanted to paint a horizontal band of color around the pitcher so I used the width of the handle as a measure. I then taped two horizontal rings around the entire glass pitcher. The band is painted Chocolate Brown which is one of the NEW metallic paint colors. I LOVE it; it is rich, warm and shiny! I loaded a large dauber and began painting the color within the taped band using a dabbing technique. TIP: If you desire an opaque color block, you will need to allow this to dry and reapply a couple additional paint applications. I applied the next two layers of Chocolate Brown using a large flat brush painting vertically. Again allow to dry.
Next I removed the tape. This step must be completed carefully so not to peel away the painted border. Although the paint may be dry to the touch, it is not cured to the surface and may peel with the tape if not careful.
TIP: Two tips I can share with you regarding tape removal ...
1. Peel the tape down and away from the painted border as you see in this photo,
2. If the tape seems stubborn or if it feels as though paint may be lifting, stop and take a moment to score around the tape edge using a sharp craft knife. This will break the seal of the paint over the tape edge. You should be able to carefully remove the tape after scoring.
Another TIP: When working with tape on other than glass surfaces, you can take a hair dryer to the tape while gently removing it. The heat will assist in releasing the adhesive and not disturb the paint.
Next, I loaded my palette by adding a few of the FolkArt Multi-Surface Paints. I cut a few leaves from the Leaf Variety stencil to make the stencil size easier to work with on a round glass surface. Select a leaf stencil and tape in place being careful not to tape over the painted border as it has not been cured to the surface. Load a couple daubers and begin painting the stencil dabbing color where desired to create a fall colored patterned leaf. I used Cardinal Red, Pure Orange, Mandarin Satin Pearl, Chocolate Brown and Bright Gold. This is a PERFECT fall maple and oak leaf color palette!
Continue stenciling leaves until the desired look is achieved. The glass pitcher I created only has leaves on the front side of the pitcher so that it would not interfere with photography. However, leaves stenciled around the entire pitcher would be pretty too. TIP: Allow an occasional leaf tip or base fall onto the painted border for contrast as shown here.
I knew I wanted to stencil the words, "Give Thanks" within the painted border, so I began working on a tracing paper pattern to measure and check for spacing. Creating a pattern is totally optional and not always necessary, however, it is a good idea when you want to make sure your spacing between letters or between rows of words is exact.
I placed my tracing paper pattern against the border for review, making sure I liked the look.
I did ... so the next step is to use the paper pattern as a template placement guide when aligning each letter to be stenciled. TIP: When taping the stencil in place, be sure to tape on glass areas that have not been painted. ONLY tape to clean glass.
Using a small dauber, I stenciled White Pearl against the Metallic Chocolate Brown; removed the stencil and allowed drying time. After stenciling "Give Thanks," I highlighted a few edges of each letter with additional White Pearl using a liner brush.
I felt my painted border needed a painted trim, so I loaded a stylus with White Pearl and painted small polka dots in a row around the top and bottom border edges. TIP: For equal sized polka dots, reload the stylus for every dot painted.
The last step was to add a little glitter pizzazz to each painted leaf. I painted Glitter Glam Gold randomly over each leaf as a highlight accent.
See how the gold glitter paint just sparkles!
And here is my final project completed. I'll wait overnight (24 hours) to make sure the paint is thoroughly dry. I'll then cure it before use. There are two methods of curing FolkArt Multi-Surface paints to glassware.
Allow your painted piece to rest for 21 days as a way of air curing. After 21 days your painted pieces is ready for use and is top shelf dishwasher safe. Not too sure about you, but I cannot wait for 21 days after I decorated a piece.
I personally prefer this technique of curing the paint. After 24 hours, I place my painted glassware in a cold oven, close the door and set the temperature to 350 degrees. I then set my timer for 30 minutes allowing the glassware to heat up with the oven. TIP: DO NOT preheat the oven as you want the glass and oven to heat up together. I then turn the oven off keeping my painted piece inside. Allow the glass and oven to cool down together. When completely cool, open the oven door and retrieve your cured painted glassware! It is now top shelf dishwasher safe and ready for use! If I had painted heavily using glitter paint, I often will allow it to air dry rather than baking to cure.
This project was simply, very easy and quick to accomplish. Don't you just love the new FolkArt Multi-Surface Metallic, Pearl and Glitter paints? This color combination and these stencils were PERFECT for a fall holiday project, don't you think so?