June 26, 2012
Now that summer is here, many people are preparing to throw parties outside. If you are looking for a way to add some lovely decorations to your next event, try painting your glassware. Painted glassware is a big trend in the craft industry right now. It is a very easy technique to do and it is a great way to makeover your traditional glasses. Many people are upcycling glasses that they find at thrift stores, or garage sales. Apple Barrel gloss, and FolkArt Enamel paint are great to use when painting the inside or outside of your glassware. This table setting above was found on BHG. The colors used within this design are so warm and vibrant. Click here to learn how to recreate some of these painted glasses. Have you painted any glassware of your own?
This palette was created using FolkArt acrylic paint colors: Magenta #412, Deep Ocean Blue #2555, Titanium White #480, and Lemon Custard #735
April 12, 2011
Sometimes the most simple accessories and home decor accents are the most beautiful. If you are looking for a simple piece using a few paint colors, this modern silver glitter striped vase is a great project for you. Not to mention that if you’ve never painted glass before, this is a great project to start with. You can use these basic instructions to add spice to a glass piece you already have on hand. Here’s how.
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March 21, 2011
You know how awesome our FolkArt Extreme Glitter is – but you also know that it’s not permanent on glass. You’ve been asking us for permanent glitter on glass, and we’re delivering! We are so thrilled about our new product, FolkArt Enamels Glitter. It works just like regular FolkArt Enamels AND it comes in two colors, gold and silver. The sparkling effects are gorgeous! Plaid designer Julie Lewis has created this special daisy vase with Enamels Glitter, and you won’t believe how easy it is to recreate yourself. Here’s how it’s done.
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March 3, 2011
Welcome to another installment of ASK PLAIDIE LADDIE!
Plaidie Laddie, loyal Plaid pooch and one of our blog contributors, wants to answer your most burning painting questions. Every week he’ll pick a question out of his virtual mailbag and answer it (with a little help from me, since he only has paws). This week’s question:
“Dear Plaidie Laddie, I have a glass plate that I want to paint for serving food at a party. I don’t think it would be good to put food directly on the paint though – is that correct? How can I paint a plate that is food safe?” -Karen H. from Washington
Dear Karen, Great question! Painted partyware is so pretty, but we here at Plaid don’t recommend placing food directly on painted items. There IS a solution though – reverse painting on glass! I found a tutorial for you by Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made for Living Locurto. The tutorial is for reverse sign painting on glass, but the same method could be used for glass plates as well. If you paint on the BACK of the plate, you can place food on the top of the plate without fear! This tutorial uses Apple Barrel Gloss (which works well), and we also have a special paint formula made just for glass: FolkArt Enamels. Whichever paint you use, you’re really going to enjoy painting on glass, and this tutorial makes it so simple. Have fun at the party! Save a biscuit for me!
Sincerely, Plaidie Laddie
February 25, 2011
Blue is my favorite color, so of course I’m enamoured with these bold and modern glass vases from Cathie and Steve for Plaid. I promise you quick and easy projects for the weekend, and these deliver. You simply need a few FolkArt Enamels colors and some glass vases (which you can get from the thrift store). You won’t believe how quickly you can make these; the longest part of the process is the drying time! Find the complete instructions here.
February 18, 2011
Blue is my favorite color in the whole world, especially blues of the turquoise variety. That is one of the things that lead me to fall in love with this gorgeous Gallery Glass vase by Cathie and Steve. You can definitely use it for flowers (the Gallery Glass is on the outside), and it also makes a gorgeous piece for home decor purposes once the flowers are removed. You don’t have to lead, so it will take you about 20 minutes to whip up. Find the complete instructions here.
Have you been to our new Plaid blog, Gallery Glass Class? It’s by our resident expert Carol Smith, and there are all sorts of ideas (and patterns) to get you started. Please pay us a visit!
February 14, 2011
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Plaid! Here at Plaid you know what we love – paint! We couldn’t leave you hanging without a Valentine’s project for the big day. I know that many of you love glass painting, so I’m including a glass painted project that expresses your true feelings – it can be for a husband, family member, friend or even a pet! Nothing say I love you like dog biscuits served on a plate, don’t you think? Whomever you are spending the day with, I wish you all the love and happiness in the world. Here’s how to make your own “I Love You” plate.
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January 21, 2011
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.
November 18, 2010
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.
Here are some great suggestions for drink glasses relevant to the season. Click on each project’s title to be taken to the instructions.
Retro Snowflake Martini Glass
Holiday Spirits Pitcher and Glasses
September 3, 2010
One of my favorite things about fall nights is lit pathways. Darkness comes earlier, and every now and again on my evening walks I see a house with lights going up to the front porch. I don’t know what it is, but it’s almost a precursor to the upcoming holidays that the fall brings.
I found these homemade tealights on Think Crafts, and they are exactly what I’m talking about. Gillian from Dried Figs and Wooden Spools did them as a guest post, and she even got her kids involved. With some recycled glass tealights and leftover acrylic paint, you can have some of these too. Consider using some orange for Halloween or other fall colors – you could even paint a little jack-o-lantern face on the front. Cute, huh? Visit the entire tutorial here. Oh, and I recommend Apple Barrel paint for a project like this one.