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It’s time for another Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge! This month I found some plain old fashioned high ball/whiskey glasses to makeover. To carry on the tropical theme I added some palm fronds with glass paint to make some trendy glasses for summer entertaining.
I started researching how to paint glass and found a lot of fantastic artists out there. Here are a few ways to go about painting on glass. There is painting freehand, or for the fewer risk takers, there’s taking an image printed on paper and taping it inside the glass to use for a pattern or using a stick on type stencil.
I decide to go with freehand and I’ll admit it took a few tries to get the pattern and paint right on a smooth round surface. If this happens to you don’t get frustrated just wipe the paint off and try again. It does take a little practice to get it right. Here’s how I made mine.
Hand Painted Tropical Palm Cocktail Glasses
- Glass or Vase in whatever shape you choose
- Acrylic paint made for glass: Folkart Enamels: Evergreen, Lime Green
- Paint Brushes
- Clay Clean Up Tool or X-Acto Knife
- Rubbing Alcohol
First, wash and dry your glass.
Wipe down the surface of the glass to be painted with rubbing alcohol to remove any oil or smudges from your fingertips. Do not touch the surface you are going to paint with your fingers.
Dip your brush in your paint adding a pretty good amount to the brush. (I found the more paint on my brush the better the lines looked on the first stroke). I used the two acrylic paint colors mentioned mixed together.
Draw a line diagonally across the glass. Make the top of the line into a leaf by adding more paint. Add more paint to your brush, starting from the top going down, make a dot near the line. Drag the paint from the dot outwards to make a leaf.
Continue adding dots and leaves. Let it dry for 20 minutes then go back over the leaves to add more paint if needed. If you add more paint immediately the paint will clump and drag off the glass. Add small lines to connect the leaves to the line. If you see a leaf you do not like the way it is shaped just take a wet paper towel and wipe off the leaf and start again. Let it dry for about 20-30 minutes.
Use a clay clean up tool or X-Acto knife (possibly a toothpick may work as well) to clean up any mistakes in the paint. I used this tool to reshape some of the leaves so they seemed in line with each other.
To cure the paint to the glass, follow the paint manufacturers directions. The Folkart Acrylic paint directions say you can air dry for 21 days or for faster use, bake the glasses. To Bake: Air dry for 1 hour. Place in a cool oven. Heat to 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Turn the oven off, cool in oven and remove. To clean the glass, this product claims to be top shelf dishwasher safe after cured or to be safe I would use a simple hand wash.
I will say painting on glass does take some practice to get used to. Getting the right consistency of the paint is challenging until you get the hang of it. Hats off to the artists out there that have mastered this craft!
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Now for more ideas from the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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