clear glass vases
glass paint, paint-thinner
disposable bowls—paper, ceramic, foil
drop cloth or kraft paper
1. Prepare a work area by spreading the drop cloth or kraft paper over a work surface/area.
2. Select a color palette—we found that the darker colors were more successful, more opaque since there is more pigment in the liquid.
3. Pour glass paint into bowls and mix well with a plastic spoon—we also added glass-paint-thinner to make the quantity go farther.
4. Hold the glass vase by the rim and dip it into the bowl of paint.
5. Slowly rotate the vase around the bowl in a fluid movement until it has covered the vase as preferred.
6. Lift the vase and let excess paint drip into the bowl—it make take 5-10 minutes for the paint to stop dripping.
4-6 Alternate process: apply the paint using a paintbrush for a slightly different effect.
7. Carefully hold the vase at an angle equal to the dip-line and blow dry until the paint is semi-dry—about 10 minutes. Hold the hairdryer per the paint instructions—about 8” from the vase. Hint: we found a lower heat setting worked well.
8. Place the vase on a drop cloth or kraft paper so that it dries completely—we used upside down paper bowls.
9. To seal the paint, allow the vases to dry overnight or place them in the oven—follow the instructions on the paint bottle label as they will vary with each manufacturer.