Tuesday, September 11, 2012

[Make] Painted Stained Glass

I love anything translucent and have been wanting to experiment with glass paint.  On a recent trip to Joanns, I didn't find exactly the glass paint that I wanted so I decided to try out stained glass paint.  It's not dishwasher proof, so not something you can use on drinking glasses or glass plates, but for pure decorative purposes, it was easy to work with and did the job.

Since this was an experiment, I decided to use upcycled jars. Now that I know how it works, next time I will paint-up some glass vases and ornaments.

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Stained Glass Paint

For this project I used Plaid's Gallery Glass stained glass paint. I bought the "economy" pack and with Joann's 50% off coupon it was even more economical .  My color palette was a little limited-- I really could've used yellow and orange, but it was perfect for its intended purpose.

The applicator made it easy to do simple shapes, dots and drips.  It may not work so well if you're planning on doing more detailed and intricate work.  But for my simple designs, it did the job.

The paint does go on opaque--
be sure to apply a generous amount of paint

But don't worry, it dries translucent--
when it dries, even the uneven lines blend in and look seamless

And although it does dry relatively quickly, I did wait overnight before handling.  Here's how they turned out--


I think my favorite is the "dripped" method.  So you're probably wondering what I'm going to do with these painted jars... Actually, it's part of my Get Organized plan.

The boys' art/work table is in our kitchen and is in great need of a purge and reorg. These little pen and pencil jars are the perfect start.

I'm off to pick-up Happy Vee from school.  Have a nice day!

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Jamie! The stained glass paints are fun. In fact I'm still playing around with them instead of washing dishes :)

  2. These are just stunning! I found you over at the CSI Burlap link, and I have found lots of stuff I like here! Happy to be following you via GFC and looking forward to more inspiration!

    1. Thanks Danni! And thanks so much for following along :) Have a terrific weekend!!! ~Melanie

  3. Ooh, I can't decide if the dipped or the dotted are my favorite. They are all gorgeous. This is a fantastic project!
    Would you consider linking this up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

  4. Thank you much for linking up at JAQS Studio
    s Linky Party :). I've featured your project today :)!


  5. Okay, those are so cute! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Domestically Speaking. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-15.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  6. How did you create the dripped effect so well?? I've done some glass painting before but that one in particular looks so well done, perfect!!

    1. Thanks! I literally just squeezed the bottle until the paint started to drip down. Then I repeated that with the other colors and left the jar upside-down until the paint was dry. The gallery glass paint was just the right consistency (not too thick, not too thin) and dripped perfectly.

  7. love love love! I dig it when I see these done in something other than a solid color (although I love those too!). I just did some really nice modern/abstract versions (my "HERS" jar :). You could take a look at the link below:

  8. These are awesome. Do you think light globe painted could take the heat?

    1. I apologize for the delay, I just saw your comment!

      I haven't tried the Gallery Glass paint on a heated element, but since it has a "rubber-like" quality to it, I would say no. If I were to decorate a bulb, I would probably use alcohol ink instead. Here's a link to one of my previous glass/alcohol ink projects--http://www.blissbloomblog.com/2013/12/make-alcohol-ink-ornaments.html#.U9rMB8ZLxHg


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