One of my favorite crafting projects is painting on glass. You name it, wine glasses, candle holders, vases and even old windows, I have painted them. I just looked back through my archives and I can’t believe that I have never shared a glass painting project with you guys. If you’ve never done it before, it’s really easy and with the right paint and just a little prep work, it works like a charm every time.
These gold leaf striped vases are the perfect project for painting on glass. I love all of the gold leaf home decor that is popular this fall, so I thought these vases would be a great way to add a little pop of gold into my home. I’ve been dreaming about these vases ever since I saw similar high-dollar striped ones at Neiman’s a few weeks ago. Instead of spending $100.00 on one vase, I made two of them for around $3.50 each just using gold paint and painters tape!
So let’s jump right into the instructions;
Step 1) You can do this project on any type of glass including a vase or a candle holder. You will need to clean the glass first with rubbing alcohol and then dry it off. This helps the paint stick better.
Step 2) You will need to tape off whatever stripe design that you would like. It’s important to use either 3M Blue Tape or Frog Tape. I did not use the right tape for one of my vases and I had some paint get under the tape. I used Blue Tape on the other vase and it came out perfect!
On one vase I wanted to try a wide stripe, so I used the wider 3M Blue Tape:
On this vase, I decided to try a narrower tape for my design:
Make sure that you run a credit card and your fingers over the tape really well to prevent any seepage. I did this several times just to be sure.
Step 3) Paint!! I have tried probably every glass paint on the market and there is only one paint in my opinion that works far better than anything on glass and it’s Testors Model Enamel Paint that is sold in the model car/airplane aisle at all craft stores:
I have painted with Testor’s enamels for more than 20 years and it is an absolutely amazing paint. The best thing of all is that it comes in a tiny little jar and is only $1.99 and for glass projects, you do not need a lot of paint, so it’s the perfect amount. Plus, the finish is always beautiful and once it’s completely dry, it will last forever and will never chip. For this project, I used the gold, which looks identical to gold leaf after it dries. Testor’s has a huge color selection and because this paint is designed for model cars/airplanes, they have tons of metallic paints including brass, copper, silver and bronze, so if you want to do this project but with another finish, just use the Testor’s enamel color that you would like. It will work perfectly!
Make sure you shake the paint well because the metallic settles on the bottom. I also poured a small amount into a small disposable cup to get my brush into the paint. I recommend using a narrow foam brush and for your first coat, just brush on (in one direction) a thin layer. When you brush on your paint, it looks really translucent but don’t worry, it will thicken up on the second layer. It’s important to allow your first layer to dry at least two hours. Anytime you work with enamels, drying time in between layers is the key:
Step 4) Brush on your second layer and again, you don’t want to saturate the area, just enough paint to cover. The second layer will really thicken up the gold but it will still be somewhat translucent. I like a little translucent because that is the look of gold leaf. If you want your gold completely solid, you will want to allow the second layer to dry another two hours and then add a 3rd layer.
Enamels take a full 24 hours to dry. You can remove the tape after about 2-3 hours but keep in mind that the paint needs at least a full 24 hours to dry solid, so you do not want to touch the part that has been painted. Look at how clean these lines are after I removed the tape:
This was such a fun project to do and super easy! Again, this is the perfect project for those who have never painted on glass and would like to give it a try. You’ll love it! I think this may be my holiday teacher gifts this year but I think I will do candle holders. Although, it would be fun to fill them with flowers and give to teachers. Hmmm….
Thanks for hanging out with me for a few minutes and check back on Friday for Friday Favorites! Have a wonderful rest of the week friends!