Have you tried painting on glass? Even children can make these simple hand painted glass vases!
Dollar store glass vase painted and silkscreened by my six-year-old using Plaid’s new Martha Stewart glass paint. All of the vases started off clear like this one. The butterfly is silkscreened on with Antique Silver Martha Stewart Fine Glitter Translucent Glass. The butterfly’s house is Chipotle Martha Stewart Gloss Opaque Glass, and the purple grass is Pacific Iris Martha Stewart Gloss Opaque Glass.
While I love crafting, I had never tried painting glass or using stencils or silkscreens until last month! Thanks to Blueprint Social, I was able to try out Plaid’s new Martha Stewart glass paint, and I’m quite happy with the results! My kids were also able to create beautiful hand painted glass vases to bring to their school teachers.
I was sent all sorts of goodies to try out:
I first prepped a clear, cylindrical vase by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol.
Next, I combined Blue Calico Martha Stewart Frost Translucent Glass Paint with the spray medium that came in the Glass Spray Paint Kit. I sprayed this onto the outside of the vase, purposely staying away from the top edge and spraying slightly more paint on the lower edge.
We then left it to dry overnight.
The next day, my very crafty (and very good at listening and following rules in a crafting context) four-year-old son stuck on some butterfly and dragonfly silkscreens, and added paint with a 1/2” paint dauber. Here he is applying Yellow Gold Martha Stewart Metallic Opaque Glass Paint:
He is taking this vase to his preschool teacher, and picked out the colors just for her. Here is the finished product:
Here are a few of our other projects:
Top left: Done with a Martha Stewart Glass stick-on stencil and Wedding Cake Martha Stewart Gloss Opaque Glass Paint on a ceramic vase we received with a bouquet a couple years ago. We now use this vase to hold wooden spoons in the kitchen!
Top Right: My three-year-old used the #2 flat Martha Stewart Crafts glass paint brush to apply Yellow Jacket Martha Stewart Frost Translucent Glass Paint. I applied the stick-on flower silkscreen, and helped her use the 1” pouncer to apply Obsidian Martha Stewart Fine Glitter Translucent Glass Paint. Dollar Store vase.
Lower Left: This vase started off spray painted with the Blue Calico Martha Stewart Frost Translucent Glass Paint, but I didn’t do a very good job applying the paint, so I then rolled over it with the paint roller. I think the bubbly effect comes from the paint being mixed with spray medium, since I used a roller to paint another vase (pictured below) and it had a roller texture, but no bubbles. The bubbles are an interesting effect that I kind of like – here is a close-up:
And here is the vase I roller painted with Clear Martha Stewart Frost Translucent Glass Paint that had not been mixed with spray medium. It has the roller texture, but no bubbles:
I tried using a squeegee instead of a dauber or pouncer for the silkscreen, and I feel like it worked less well than silkscreens applied with daubers and pouncers. The squeegees do work much better than daubers or pouncers for stencils. I used Yellow Gold Martha Stewart Metallic Opaque Glass Paint for the butterfly. Dollar Store vase.
Lower Right: My three-year-old was so in love with the first vase she painted (top right) that I let her make this second vase for her teacher. She used Yellow Gold Martha Stewart Metallic Opaque Glass Paint, and I think it looks quite elegant. As you can see, her painting technique is pretty haphazard, but very effective given enough time and paint!
Have you ever tried painting glass or ceramic? We will definitely be trying more glass painting projects!
I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid’s new Martha Stewart glass paint and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.