Thursday, December 31, 2015

Blessing Filled Little Glass Jars!

I went to an estate sale last summer and they were about to end it, I just happened to be coming from Panera, I had to make a coffee run mid day.  I looked around and found a tray full of these small glass bottles, they all had a piece of masking tape on the lids, that looked very old.  There had to be about 20 jars, I asked how much for all, and well I believed I paid like $2.00 for all of them.  I figured I would be able to make fun designs on them.

First step, adding the vinyl letter where you want them to be, here you can see one bottle has the word"Joy" on one side, the other two I placed letters on all sides, one spells out the word "Peace", the other "Noel", once I had all the letters placed, I added masking tape to the areas I didn't want to etch.

Here you can see the glass bottle inside the plastic cup, I added the liquid after to make sure there was enough  etchall® Dip ‘n Etch liquid without going up over the masking tape, I didn't want the neck etched.

 Waiting for 15 minutes for each bottle, I made one at a time, and instead of rinsing each as they came out I waited until all three were etched, then I took them to the sink and rinsed them out with warm water, dried them and waited to remove all the masking tape and letters off each bottle.

Here you can see how each bottle looked after I removed them from the plastic cup and etching liquid.

Here you have all the bottles, rinsed and dried, you can see how pretty the frosted look on the glass already looks.  Now to remove all the masking tape and letters and see how it all turned out.

And here they are, all tape and letters removed, each bottle was done differently.  There is one bottle I etched but didn't include on this set, it has the word "Love" and it will be part of another set for the near future. 

Now lets get some paints, ribbon and finish these little bottles. Did I mentioned that our family celebrates the "Three King's Day" on January 6th every year? well back in Mexico when I lived there as a little kid we didn't get gifts on Christmas day, that day was only to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus, we got our presents on January 6th, and we've tried to share this with our kids, so I need to make a few more holiday gifts for our family since we still have one more holiday coming very soon, this will be a gift for someone to display for next year.   So it's time for me to bring out my paints and finish up these cute little bottles.

Here are the finished bottles, really loved how cute these came out and can't wait to transform all the other bottles for different holidays, or just add a simple message on them.  just enough color so you can still see the areas not etched, and the pretty frosted look on the glass.

A little closed up of the little bottles, here you see the bottle that has the word JOY on one side, I added two different flowers on each side of the word and little polka dots inside the letters. 

Here are other close ups from the other bottles, the first one is from the PEACE bottle, this is the front and back, the back completely frosted, then next are close ups of the JOY and NOEL bottles.

 Go check out Etchall's website for more information on their products and to see all the great projects for inspiration.

DIY Holiday Decorating - Noel!

Hi there, I've had several glass blocks at home and had wondered how to decorate them for the holidays, finally I decorated one for my office.  I decided to paint some poinsettias and add the word Noel.

It was a very simple and easy project and looked so pretty right along my other etched items I made for my office.

You can add lights or battery type candles inside the glass block .  I just wrapped a pretty red wired ribbon and some gold ornaments to the top of the block and it was ready for display.

Materials used:
etchall site - Etchall cream, designer tip/bottle

Viva Decor Glass effect paints
Glass block
Red wire ribbon
Gold ornaments
Glitter glue

First thing I did was place my image on the inside of the glass block.

Second, I took my designer tip and added the etchall cream on all the areas I wanted to etch., as you can see on the photo below, some of the flower petals and leaves were only traced with the etching cream, but left alone so I can add color to these areas.

Once I was done with the etching cream, I waited ten minutes for the etching to process, I then rinsed it with warm water and as you can see below, all the etching is done.  Now time to add some color to this glass block.

I used Viva Decor's glass effect gel pens in different colors, the candles are white, I use a crystal gel effect paint to make the etched areas stand out. The following photos show closeups of the finished piece. I like the glitter glue I added to the front edges of the block. It needed some sparkle.

Here you can see the finished and decorated glass block, adding some red wired ribbon and gold ornaments on the top of the block, I added some tiny white lights to show how it looks this way.  At the office since my light is always on, I decided to remove the lights and display it without them.

Here is the finished glass block, sitting in my office, it will be going home for New Years so it will once again have pretty lights inside and sit right under my tree for our New Year's party.

I love working with Etchall products specially on glass, it makes painting on glass so much easier, If you are new to this products and have questions as to what it is about, and how to use it and on what, let me share their FAQ's link here for you to find out about this company and their products.  FAQs-Etchall

To all have a wonderful happy New Year 2016.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Don't Be A Grinch!!!Have A Very Merry Christmas!

I made a couple of small painting of the Grinch holding a holiday ornament, I've seen this image on the Internet and decided to paint it.  I had a small mirror and decided to go ahead and paint the same image on it but I didn't want it to be shiny, I wanted a frosted look.
This is the size of the mirror I used for this project
I had a sheet of tiny star stickers so I removed a few stars and took the sheet and placed it over one corner of the mirror, I wanted the stars to be frosted too but I wanted a bit of the shiny mirror to remain.  The photo below shows the film I placed on a corner, I started to add the etching cream carefully making sure not to get any under the film, I wanted that area to remain shiny. 

Next I took the etching cream from Etchall to cover the entire mirror and used the etchall squeegee to spread out the cream, this tiny tool is the best way to apply the cream.  I left the etching cream on the mirror for 15 minutes as directed, after the time is up you can remove as much of the cream as possible using the squeegee and return it back into the jar, this product is reusable.  

Next rinse under running water until all the  cream left is removed, I dried it and removed the piece of paper I had on the corner and as a result I had a pretty frosted glass with a few tiny frosted stars.

Next it was time to paint on the frosted glass.  I have a few glass effect gel paints from Viva Decor and they were the perfect colors to paint my Grinch image. 
Here you can see the frosted effect on the mirror, the glass effect gel paints, on the upper right hand corner you can see the tiny stars and a bit of the mirror shows, I wanted to take  a photo outdoors, where you can really see how shiny this piece still is but without much of the mirror effect.

I really liked how this image turned out, I didn't want to have the black background as on the mini canvas, I took some silver paint and added some around the sphere, then some on the top part of the glass, by brushing it, it gave a bit of a clear mirror effect, then I brushed a heavy application of the same silver paint on one side of the mirror, and it created a different effect, it was fun creating with these fun products. 

Just for fun here is a photo of the mini canvas showing the same image, but with a black background.  Both are nice and different. 

This etchall® etching crème is a fun product that gives a white opaque permanent etched finish on mirror, glass, ceramic, porcelain, marble and slate, giving you the opportunity to be able to paint an image or to etch it. 

You can click on this link Etchall to go see all the fun products they carry so you too can give etching a try, trust me it can be addictive and fun.


Products used:
Etchall Etching Creme
Etchall Squeegee

Viva Decor
Glass effect gel paints in green, white and carmine
Pearl Pen paints in dark green, silver and black

ArtMinds mirror 5.8" X 5.8"

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