Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Glass Painting

My latest obsession is painting glassware. I will paint anything I can get my hands on. It is a fun way to occupy my time.
It is pretty time consuming. You have to let the paint dry in between coats.
You  have to bake the glass to set the paint. You have to wait at least 48 hours for it to dry before you bake it.
I like to let the paint set up for at least 7 days before I would use the glass or give it to someone. You don't want your hand painted projects coming in contact with water too soon.
 This is definitely not a project for someone with little patience.
You need good eyes when adding the small details (which I do not have). I have to give myself a break in between or I start going cross eyed.

 I use acrylic paint. Martha Stewart has a whole line of paints just for glass painting. I have a few of her colors. I  have a few random acrylic palettes as well. Make sure you have plenty of paint brushes if you are using different colors.

I use this dotting tool to give some dimension. You can also use it to pick up crystals.

 Martha Stewart makes a whole line of stencils for glass painting. They cling to the glass nicely, no tape needed. It is definitely harder to get a pattern going all the way around say, a wineglass. It just will not be straight using the stencils. You do need to be able to paint free hand for some things.
I like to get a nice clean line when doing initials.

 I bought this special glue for when I add my crystals. It stands up to washing and water. 

Make sure your glassware is clean and dried. I use rubbing alcohol all around the glass to make sure it is clean.

After I let the paint dry for at least 48 hours, I line a cookie sheet with tin foil. I turn the oven to 350 and put the glass on the cookie sheet and bake it for 40 minutes. You do not let the oven heat up, put it right in. This step is to keep the paint on the glass through washings. I do not put the crystals on until after I have baked my paint on.

I made this glass for my friend for her birthday. I wrapped it up with a nice bottle of wine.

 I found these cute little wine charms at Michael's. I hand painted my initials on instead of using the decals. I thought it would be much nicer. I  used the same colors for the charm as I used on the wine glass.

She can take this wine charm off and use it on a different glass if she wants.

 I am working on this glass for my daughter.

I have so many projects going on right now.
 I am sometimes too much of a perfectionist for my own good.
 You have no idea how many times I have taken all of the paint off and started again because it wasn't just right.
 If you don't like the way your project looks, even if it is dry, you can remove paint  with rubbing alcohol before you bake it.
 I like hand made things but I do not like them to look hand made if that makes sense.

If you are looking for a fun project to do, I would recommend this. Make sure you have a steady hand and some patience.
Have a great week!


  1. wow, this is really cool! and you make it look so easy. i also love the colors you chose. i'm not so much a low patience person as i am a terrible-coordination person, but this is really cool!

  2. Wow Laura - they look awesome. I imagine it takes patience and a steady hand - both of which I am lacking. The wine charms are a great accent too.

  3. hi there! I saw your blog on GFC blog hop and I'm now following you! I hope you follow my blogs as well... cheers!


  4. Hey there!

    Stopping by from the GFC blog hop! :) New follower!

    Anni // http://grapefruitprincess.blogspot.com

  5. Gorgeous! I especially love the last one!

  6. Well this is not a project for me LOL! You know I have little to no patience nor any artistic abilities :-) What a wonderfully thoughtful gift! I love getting gifts made from the heart. Your heart is sooo big and I love you for it friend! Thank you for sharing this at the party this week. I can't wait to see what you come up with next :-)

  7. come over and paint some wine glasses for me!
    a friend of mine invited a bunch us over and we all painted wine glasses for her
    it was a fun night, except now she has all of the fun wine glasses lol

  8. Pretty! Great DIY project!

    xo - Sheila

  9. Your glasses are beautiful! Wow, the patience you have! I envy you for that. I have little patience for detail like that, plus I lack a steady hand. Bravo to you, and your friend is very fortunate! Have a great week.

  10. wow! They're so beautiful! But, I get that they would take a lot of time and effort!

  11. Beautiful! Not just an ordinary personalized gift.. it is hand-painted with love :)

  12. I just saw Martha Stewart's line of glass paint. Now I'm definitely going to give it a try. I'm one of those awful perfectionists that tortures myself until it's perfect. Your pieces look beautiful, unique, and like they were done by a pro!

  13. So cute!! I have been wanting to paint some glasses... thanks for the reminder :)

    Newest follower, hope you'll stop by!


  14. Love! Great tutorial too! I'd like to invite you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I think it would make a great addition to the party.

  15. Holy shit those are nice!! Am I going to have to start calling you Martha stewart? LOVE,LOVE,LOVE........

  16. Wow, those are beautiful! There's no way I would be patient enough to do that, though. :P
    Dropping by from the GFC blog hop. :)

  17. Wow, these are awesome! You're so talented!

  18. Wow, these are fabulous!!! You did a fantastic job! Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent. I've been putting some jewels on a few candle and holders this week, but after seeing this I need to add the paint. Thanks so much for the inspiration. :)

  19. Love the glass but the wine tag is my fave! Thanks for linking up to the CHQ blog hop this week and make sure you enter the giveaway! Hope to see you back next week!

    1. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week!

  20. What a beautiful project. I am sure your friend loved her personalized gift. Thanks for the tips, as well. I have always wanted to paint on glass so these tips will come in handy.

  21. I know exactly what you mean about not liking hand made things looking hand made ! The glasses look fab

  22. Just sprinkled this post at all my favorite spaces and places:) Facebook, twitter and Pinterest!

    Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop.

    Have an awesome weekend!

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  24. Lately I've been into art. After nail art, now I'm looking for some easy glass painting designs and patterns that I can start off with. Thanks for giving me some ideas. ;-)

  25. i have browsing online for some Glass Painting Designs that i can make easily, thanks for sharing your ideas. Love your work.

  26. The glasses look so cute! I also use specialized glue for my glasses since I don't want the design to be removed easily after washing it with soap and water. Almost a year has passed, but I hope that the crystals are still attached to your glasses. :D


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