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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DIY, Colorful Etched Glass Pots!!



Hi there, today I want to share a pretty colorful and fun project.  I wanted to play around with my etching cream and before going to a bigger glass piece, I took these little ones and decided to etch a pattern on them.  I've never used a brush to apply etching cream on my glass projects, but today I wanted to do something different, I wanted an unusual pattern, instead of using a stencil or the designer tips to etch, I wanted to see brush strokes, this could only happen if I used a brush, something you normally don't want as a result on your piece unless that's what you are going for.

I wanted a pattern on my glass pieces that somewhat would resemble a basket weave look.  So I took out a few paint brushes that had hard bristles so I could get the etching design I was looking for.

On the photo below you can see how I applied the etching cream, I left it alone for 15 minutes before rinsing it off,  Had I done this project using a stencil to show a checker pattern, I would have applied the cream more heavy and would have removed the extra cream back in the bottle, however the way I applied it, it was a very thin application, and it pretty much dried on the glass, so I really didn't have any cream to return back to the bottle.



Here are a few close-ups of the etched glasses, you can see the brush strokes left behind.  




Time to rinse off the etching cream and see what I had to work with.  I liked the effect I got on these two glass containers, now I had to figure out how to add paints without covering up all the etched areas.


I liked the etching results, the idea of painting these without following any specific lines is like been able to color outside the lines. I can't wait to do this again.





I played around for a while, adding crimson and green, then adding some yellow and some gray, finally a bit of black paint to bring out the pretty bright colors even more, I managed to leave enough clear etched areas on these.  I love the bright colors and I think I want to make a few more, maybe I'll bring out some of my ethnic sketches I keep so I can have more fun etching and painting. 



These are ready to hold some pretty flowers, or candies, or maybe these can be my new size tequila shot glasses.



Materials used:

Etchall Eetching Creme
Ashland Glass flower pot votive holder from Michaels
Pebeo vitrail paints
Paint brushes

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

DIY Spring Lamp



The weather around us here in Indiana has been a bit crazy lately.  With Spring finally here we expected to get a bit of warm weather and along with the showers we were hoping to see pretty flowers blooming and the grass getting green and but instead it's been pretty cold, with snow coming down on April.  However we can't wait to see lots of pretty flowers everywhere soon and enjoy the outdoors a bit more.

I received  a pretty etchall® lighten-up Kit that includes; one self-illuminating lampshade, one plastic sleeve, one template and instruction guide, it does require 3 AA batteries (not included).  

I needed a base for this pretty lamp shade so I went looking in my box of glass containers and in the recycling bin, and well it turned out that my bottle was in the refrigerator, I had this energy drink I got from Vegan Cuts, that was the perfect size for this project. I don't like energy drinks but this was a healthy and vegan option that I really enjoyed drinking.  I love to use recycled items in my crafting so this was double the fun for me.  

Now the kit includes a template in case you want to use fabric, or paper to create a cover for the shade, however I loved how transparent the shade was, so I decided it would be more fun to just paint over the shade and keep the template in case I want to change the look of the shade later on.

I knew that since I was missing the beautiful spring flowers, that this project would be all about "spring flowers".   

To start I applied one light coat of white acrylic paint to completely paint the entire shade, then I used Martha Stewart's craft glass paint in a light green to add grass to the bottom part of the shade, using a stencil I added a few flowers around the shade.  You can use any type of paints on this shade, I thought using glass paints on the shade would allow for the light to come through all the painted areas.

On the photos below you can see how I transformed the shade into a pretty garden filled with colorful flowers.





Here you have the finished lamp shade, I decided to color the removable top of the shade in white and blue, to represent a bright and beautiful spring time sky.   I had to add some flowers to the top of the shade, so I used hot glue to add some Prima flowers and a bit of white tulle in the center, now my shade is done and it's time to get started on it's base.




Here is the shade all lighted up

Now, lets get some etching done, after I finished my energy drink, I washed the bottle, removed the label, which I have to admit came off really easy, I used a disinfecting wipe to remove the glue left on the glass bottle from the label, washed it again, dried it and my bottle was ready for an etched make-over. 





As I was working on my shade, I had an idea for the base, I thought it would look nice if I etched trees on the base, but without the branches and the leaves.  I figured the best way to make this work was to use  etchall® etchmask so I took out my Westcott paper trimmer and cut a lot of strips from the etchmask, as you can see on the photos below, these were in different sizes.




At first I thought I would use the etching cream, but realized that the best product for this project was etchall® dip'n etch liquid, I looked around for a container that could hold the glass bottle and the empty Lysol wipe container was a perfect fit.   After adding the etchmask strips to the bottle, I filled it with water to keep it from floating out of the etching liquid. It actually took all of the etching liquid to etch this bottle, after 15 minutes, I removed the glass bottle and rinsed it off, the etching liquid went back in the etching container, this product can be used over and over again. 


Here you see the glass bottle is filled with water, then it was placed inside the plastic container, let it etch for 15 minutes (per instructions).


Once you remove your glass bottle from the etching liquid, you have to rinse it off under running water, empty the water out and dry it.  It was so much fun removing the etchmask strips from the bottle, loved how it looked, now it's time to add some color to all the areas that weren't etched, these are supposed to represent trees as if they were in a forest. 


Here you have the etched glass bottle that will become the base for my spring inspired lamp.


I used glass paints from Martha Stewart and from Pēbēo to make the trees stand out, you can see below, some are brown and some are green, at the bottom of the glass I added some green glass paint to represent grass.  I had thought about adding some more flowers at the bottom of the glass using stencils, but instead I took out some more Prima flowers, trimmed them to fit my bottle and hot glued them, I love butterflied so I just had to add one to my bottle.  

I know you can't see the top of the glass bottle once you add the shade, but I just had to decorate it, this way if I decide to change the look of my lamp later on, I can still use this pretty glass bottle as a vase, so I hot glued a pretty piece of fabric ribbon, wrapped it around the top of the bottle and added one more flower to finish it up.  


Here are two close-ups of the bottom of the glass bottle.
                                           

   

Here you have the finished bottle, all decorated ready for the lamp shade.


Let me share a few more close ups of this glass bottle, I really loved the finished look and can't wait to empty out my recycling bin, I will be transforming all my glass bottles into pretty vases using this one as inspiration.  I really loved the finished piece. 

Top of the bottle




close-up of bottom 

Can you see the frosted glass, how pretty, love how the painted areas look against the etched glass


The new look of my recycled glass bottle
Now time to show you the new Spring inspired lamp created with etchall® lighten-up Kit.

I turned off the lights in the house to see how it looked and just love it, the light comes through the shade, so glad I used glass paints on the shade the transparency of the paints allows for the light to come right through. 


 I thought I showed how it looks with the lights on in the room.  Just love this pretty lamp.



Now just had to share a photo of the two pieces that make this pretty lamp, here you can see the inside of the shade, see where the lights are, there's a button you press to turn the lights off, all you have to do is press it back to turn the lights on when needed.  Here you can see the two products that allowed me to etch this glass bottle and give it a pretty make-over. 


This pretty lamp sitting outside my front porch on a cloudy and cold morning, hoping mother nature lets us enjoy the beauty of Spring soon.  Until then this pretty lamp will make me smile every time I see it, reminding me that soon, we'll have pretty flowers everywhere. 





Etchall Products used:
etchall® lighten-up Kit
Etchall® dip'n etch liquid
Etchall® etchmask

Other products used:
Recycled glass bottle
Recycled plastic container
Prima flowers and butterfly
Pēbēo Vitral glass paints
Martha Stewart Crafts® Glass Paints
Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils 2-sheet/pk- Blossoms
Fabric ribbon
AdTech hot glue and glue gun
Westcott paper trimmer

This DIY Spring Inspired Lamp was created for and sponsored by Etchall





Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Inspirational Message to my Kids!!



Hi there, I love creating just about anything, specially if I can make them one of a kind projects to share and hopefully to inspire.  

This past weekend I went shopping for art supplies for my youngest who is a freshman at an art academy in Chicago and as I walked around the craft store I found some stencils, these were inspirational words, and I thought to myself, why not get these, they might come in handy, so I got them.

Well as I was doing some light cleaning around the house over the weekend, I noticed a frame I had purchased at one of the many garage sales I went to last summer, it was a simple wood frame, light brown with a floral mat insert and sure enough the photo area was a perfect fit for the stencils I had just purchased at the craft store, needless to stay the cleaning came to a complete stop and it was time to get creative.

I chose three words that I felt would be a perfect inspiration. Etching these words on the glass was the next step, and then trying to decide if I would keep the floral mat or paint over it, also the color of the frame itself, it had to be changed too, guess this frame was about to get a full make over.

Below you can see the materials I used for this project, missing here is the silver paint from DecoArt Media fluid acrylics I used to paint the floral mat.



Here you can see what the frame looked like, I centered the words in the middle of the frame carefully.

After taking apart the frame and having only the mat and the glass, I used my masking tape to make sure I would cover the areas of the glass that I didn't want to etch, since I was planning on using the mat, I thought why etched those areas, besides in the event I don't want to use the mat it will still look nice to have the outer areas without etching.


Next step was adding the etching cream, now remember that this cream is reusable so be generous when applying the cream to your glass, I applied the cream using a wood stick, but you can use the etchall squeegee. All you have to do after this step is wait 15 minutes for the etching to take place.

Once the time is over, make sure to remove as much of the cream off your project and return it to it's original bottle. 

I rinsed my glass under warm running water in my bathroom sink before removing the masking tape and the stencils, you don't want to end up with etching cream any where else, so make sure to rinse really good, dry and then remove everything to see your awesome etched results, look at the photos below to see how my glass turned out.




Now  this is when I had to decide if I would leave the floral mat or not, honestly I didn't like it so I turned it over and I painted it silver.


 Here you can see the silver mat, I thing it looks much better in this color.

I really loved how the frame turned out, I loved the aged look of the frame with a few tiny little areas that show the original light brown color (you can see that on the photo above).

Here is the finished piece, it was a beautiful morning outside, not much sun, but I thought it would be nice to photograph it outside.

My kids loved it, hope it gives them inspiration whenever they need it.




I hope to have inspired you to try etching, it's fun, easy and can become very addictive.  Please go to their  website to order, there's a special going on right now.

FYI......

 A few things to keep in mind about etching.  Etching is permanent, it is not a coating, or a frosting, once etched on glass, mirror, tile, slate it's permanent.

I thought I would share a few tips from the Etchall website to help you out on how to etch correctly, there's a lot more information so I really suggest that before you try etching for the first time you go and check their site here FAQ's for more information, this way you will enjoy etching.  Make sure to share with us all your etching projects.

  • USE CAUTION with etchall® around household surfaces made of glass, mirror, marble, slate, and porcelain. This may include sinks, tubs, floor tiles, counter-tops, tabletops, etc.! When rinsing crème or dip in a porcelain sink, always flood with lots of water. Wipe accidental spillage immediately with a paper towel or sponge.
  • Cover all glass on your project which you don’t want to etch with etchmask™, contact paper, or green auto tape.
  • When working with glass, make sure to cover the back with etchmask™ or contact paper so as not to etch or get fingerprints on that side. Mirror backing is not affected by etchall®, so no need to cover it during etching.
  • Never remove your stencil until the project is completely clean of all crème. Always remove under running water.
  • Do not try to “spot” repair un-etched areas. Re-etch entire piece