Some of our first projects were glass painting. You can do so many things with glass paints, between the three of us we've made:
- Christmas ornaments
- Picture frames
- Pencil cups
Many of these ended up as gifts - which made it even more fun.
A lot of people asked how we made these projects - it's actually pretty simple and is not expensive.
We use Plaid paints. To get started, I recommend their book Glass Art: The Easy Way. You can get it on Amazon for about $4 used ($0.01, plus shipping). The book tells you exactly how to lay out the leading and create different paint effects. There are also several patterns in there that you can use for a wide variety of projects.
You can also pick up the paints on Amazon - individually or in packs. Michael's also carries them, and other craft stores may as well. The paints are a few dollars each, and are plenty big enough to use on many projects.
Here are some of our projects:
|This was for my friend Lisa - she had created the picture in the back, I recreated it on a glass.|
|This one always reminds me of Stephanie <3 td="">3>|
|I designed this one - it was my very first project. A Christmas present for my mother in law :)|
|A Christmas present for my step mom - more on these ones below.|
|One of my favorites - I just love his expression.|
|Pat's kitchen cabinet doors.|
|This idea actually came straight out of the book I mentioned.|
The process is very simple.
Lay out the leading - either by tracking a picture under the glass or free handing it.
|These were inspired by an artist named Jean Paul|
|I purchased these canisters from Target - they worked great!|
Then lay in the color, be sure not to add too much or it will run. For these, we swirled the colors.
Then let them dry. Finally, add Crystal Clear (it's another Plaid "color") around the edges of the leading to seal the paint. On these we also swirled Crystal Clear over the rest of the canisters to give them sort of a frosted finish.
If you goof up, and we did a few times on these actually, you can simply score and peel off the portions that didn't work out and start over.