Monday, August 1, 2016

Glass and Metal Painting Tutorial

Happy August!!
Can you believe how fast this summer is flying by?
I know it's still hot for most of the country
I hate to say, I may be ready for fall soon!!

With the hot summer days, when I'm not in the pool
I am in the studio designing goodies for my shop.

I know many of you are crafting on these "stay inside" days too.

Today I want to share a tutorial featured in the past for
painting and crafting on glass and metal
using products that help the process.

One of my favorite mediums is to paint on glass, tile or metal.
And, for this process
I use a Glass and Tile Medium from Plaid to prime the surface.
 It works so well, I also use it on wood that has a varnished or slick surface.

Yes you can also use chalk paint over glass and over surfaces but
it can be expensive for just a few small items.
Inexpensive acrylics paints work well for this
 and most of us have a few bottles in our stash.

Starting with a clean dry surface on glass or metal,
paint an even coat of the medium and let dry 24 hours.

 This is important because if you paint over the medium too soon it will lift off.
After one coat on glass it will look like this.
 I found these bottles at a flea market and thought the crown bottle was interesting.
I am sure it held whiskey at one time!!!

Here is a bottle that held salad dressing.
Washed thoroughly cleaned and dried, it becomes the best surface for a new life.

After the 24 hour cure time, they are ready to paint.
Several light coats work best.

Next, I added a graphic to the bottles using Mod Podge after a coat of sealer varnish.
Graphic courtesy of The Graphic's Fairy
Love the vintage perfume labels.

Painting on metal trays or this wall and door pocket also works well with this medium.

Looking for trays and don't want to paint on a vintage treasure, visit
The Dollar Tree for all types of these metal catering trays in assorted shapes priced at one dollar.
They work great with this process and easy to drill through for hanging wire, ribbon etc.

Here are the finished projects.
The crown bottle is reversible with a vintage lady graphic on one side
 and hand painted roses on the other.
I used vintage trims, wire, jewelry, buttons, old lace, keys, beads and silk flowers on these designs.

The sky is the limit to how you design on these primed surfaces.
From a child's to grandchild's name or a welcome sign for your door,
seasonal ideas to gifts, this is a fun project.

There are many new glass paints available now in many colors,
but if you don't use them often it can be a big expense.
Using this primer turns anything in your crafting stash into an adhesive surface
using what you already have on hand in your paints.

I hope you will give Glass and Tile Medium a try if you want to paint on glass, tile, ceramic or even metal or wood.
Just remember to wait 24 hours after applying the medium before painting
and then finish with a coat or two of satin or gloss water based varnish.

Have fun and see you next week!

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