If you’re planning to cook a romantic dinner for your sweetie, may I make a suggestion? Why not paint some fun and pretty Valentine’s Day glasses with FolkArt Enamels! I’m always looking for original Valentine’s Day painted projects, and honestly, they are really hard to find. These wine glasses totally fit the bill. They also might be fun for a girls’ night out. Find the complete project instructions here.
Do you know Terri O? This crafty expert and two-time Emmy winner has been using Gallery Glass for over 20 years, and she recently filmed a video showing you how to do it. Plaid loves Terri because she’s creative, outgoing and her “can-do” attitude takes the fear out of crafting. We’re so excited that she made this Faux Stained Glass video and we had to share. You won’t believe how fun and easy it is to use Gallery Glass for home decor and accessories. Check out her video here.
Did you know that you can make a beautiful Christmas decoration out of an old spaghetti sauce jar? You can – and you can do it with FolkArt Enamels! They paint beautifully on glass and are very durable. Plaid designer Kirsten Jones used them to create this fun and whimsical Christmas vase. Use it to display a sprig of holly or evergreen. It really brightens up a table and adds holiday cheer. Here’s how to make this project.
Have you made an ornament with FolkArt Extreme Glitter yet? No? Well you really must. Not only is the paint gorgeous as you can see, but it’s a fun and economical way to celebrate Christmas and holiday crafting. Making glitter ornaments is easy, and you can make several of these at once for fabulous gifts. I show you how make the ornament above (with free line art!) on Infarrantly Creative today for her Pennywise Presents series. Please visit here for the complete tutorial.
PS – the glitter comes in eleven fabulous colors. Go here for the palette.
I’m so pleased to share with you one of the most popular projects on the Plaid Online site – EVER. Isn’t he cute? I love his skinny ankles! Ha ha ha! Seriously though, he is so loved (and has been for years) that I had to share him with you. He was done by internal designer Laura Brunson using Gallery Glass, and I especially like his metallic Liquid Leading. You can make him yourself with the instructions here.
I’ve talked about glass painting several times before, but we recently filmed a new video on painting wine glasses, and I think you need to see it. After all, it’s an entertaining time of year! Impress your friends and family at parties – or give someone a delightful hand painted gift.
What is advent, exactly? It is the “time of expectant waiting and preparation” for Christmas! It starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25th – which means it’s coming soon on November 29th. Pam from Gingerbread Snowflakes loves to make advent candles, and this year she’s created some beautiful ones using Gallery Glass. What I love about these is that Pam made them meaningful by depicting some of her favorite places to visit. See the awesome tutorial for her votives here. Pam did this whole post as a co-project with blogger Phyllis – her post is about doing these advent votives with children. You need to visit that one too, so go here.
But we’re not even close to being done. Pam is having a Gallery Glass giveaway! You can win by leaving a comment on her blog now through November 27th. She has done a Gallery Glass review and giveaway post here.
Finally, don’t forget to visit the Gallery Glass Class blog by our own Carol Smith. She has new ideas and patterns for fun with Gallery Glass on a regular basis.
Belinda Harris, Consumer Affairs Manager at Plaid, was recently in Quebec teaching and exhibiting at Salon des Arts Décoratifs. This annual decorative painting expo is a hotbed of painting classes, exhibits, shows and contests. Belinda said the event started off with a bang, “Wow, Canadians are starving to learn to paint. There were over 800 people waiting in the hall ways, lobby and out the front door of the hotel to get into the showroom.”
In Belinda’s Tableau 3-D Dimensional Glass Painting class pictured above, 21 students paint on three stacked panes of glass with FolkArt Enamels. Belinda says that painters in the Montreal area are very enthusiastic, since most of the year there is snow!
This class was “Tranquil Lighthouse at the Shore Tapestry Bell Pull”, where Belinda taught everyone how to paint a lighthouse and beach scene with FolkArt HD Paint on Roc-lon cloth. The class sessions are taught in French, so Belinda had an interpreter.
Belinda noted that Canadian style is more of a fine art look, “They paint on wood, ceramics, tin, fabric and much more. Texture, antiquing, stenciling using texture, glimmer, crackling and decoupage with painting on top are the hottest trends…..texture, texture, texture.”
Looking to have some fun with Gallery Glass, but not sure where to find patterns or instruction? We are very excited to introduce a new blog to the Plaid family – Gallery Glass Class! Carol Smith, our Vice President of Media Marketing, has begun this new blog to provide inspiration and community to those who love Gallery Glass. As most of you know, Carol has worked with the product since its inception and is the perfect person to teach others how to use it! Carol will be updating the blog regularly with patterns, pictures and more – she’ll even be offering kits for sale so that you can get all of the goodies to make a project in one place!
We hope you will join Carol as she begins her Gallery Glass blogging adventure. Visit here to see the blog and start some beautiful fall projects of your own.
I like pumpkins, yes I do – I like pumpkins, how about you? Contributor Carol Smith created this pumpkin suncatcher to celebrate fall and Halloween using Gallery Glass. It’s perfect for hanging in the window of a kitchen or child’s room, and beautiful when the light shines through. Carol leaded (drew the black outline) of the pumpkin using Liquid Lead. I asked Carol to share with me how she gets her perfect leaded lines. I was shocked to find out that she uses a tape tip – made with regular Scotch tape! Wow. I asked for information to share with you, and here are her instructions to create a tape tip for your leading. Cool, huh?
One more thing abou this pumpkin – Carol is so kind, she’s even provided you the pattern! Download the image and then enlarge or size down to fit the item of your choice. To fill in the pumpkin, Carol used Gallery Glass Window Colors Kelly Green (16008), Pumpkin Orange (16429) and Cameo Ivory (16003). Customize to fit your own decor.