How To Create Spring-Themed, Painted Glass Vases

Decorative glass vases make the perfect centerpieces on your dining room tables or coffee tables, especially when filled with fresh flowers. If you have even a small touch of artistic ability, you can create your own painted glass vases in just an hour or two. Follow these instructions to create a vase for your own home. If you enjoy the process, you may find yourself making additional vases for friends.

Supplies you'll need:

  • 1 plain, clear glass vase of your choosing
  • Several paint brushes of various sizes
  • An artist's paint pallet, or small plastic tubs for mixing paint
  • Acrylic craft paints in various spring colors
  • Acrylic medium for glass
  • A black or brown glass marker
  • Masking tape
  • A soft lead pencil
  • Tracing paper
  • Printed spring designs of your choosing (optional)
  • A can of aerosol glass paint fixative

Directions:

  1. Find spring-themed drawings that you would like to have on your vase. This could be anything from butterflies to flowers. Aim to find simple designs without too many complicated lines. If you are a talented freehand drawer, you can skip this step and create your own designs.
  2. Place tracing paper over your printed design, and trace its outline using your soft lead pencil. Make sure your marks are thick and dark. If you're drawing freehand, draw your design directly onto the tracing paper.
  3. Attach your tracing paper to the glass vase with masking tape in the area you want the design. It should be fixed to the glass with the pencil side against the glass. Use your pencil to scribble over back of the tracing paper. This will faintly transfer the pencil image to your vase.
  4. Carefully peel the tracing paper off of your vase. You should see a faint pencil outline. If you shine a bright light on the vase, the outline will be easier to see.
  5. Use your glass marker to trace over the pencil outline on the vase.
  6. Squirt a small portion of each of your acrylic paint colors into your artist's palate or plastic containers. Add a few drops of acrylic medium for glass to each paint portion, and stir each one well.
  7. Use your paintbrushes and the prepared paints to fill in the outlined design on your vase. Start with the lightest colors you have, and work up to the darker ones. This makes it easier to cover up any mistakes.
  8. Let your vase dry for 24 hours, and then spray it with the glass paint fixative.

By following the instructions above, you can create any number of uniquely painted vases. Try making some with just a few simple designs, such as a butterfly or two on the base of the vase, and others with more intricate designs, such as an entire collection of flowers. As you become more accustomed to using the paint brushes and glass markers, you'll be able to create more sensational vases.

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