Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Glass Paint Markers on Bottles

Have I told you how much I love these Glass Paint Markers?  LOL.  I sound like a broken record but they are fantastic and so easy to use.  I've been saving a few interesting glass bottles trying to decide what I wanted to do with them and decided to try doodling.  Sooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Easy too!

The bottle really dictates what the design becomes, after studying the bottle I started by sketching some ideas on the bottle using my Stabillo pencil.  Once I have a design that I like then I develop it using the paint markers.  I had three bottles and did three very different designs on them, once they are heat set in the oven they are dishwasher safe although I'm not sure I'd put them in the dishwasher. I'd probably wash them by hand if it were me just to be on the safe side.

I could see these used as bottles for oils, liquors, or even filled with colored water.  What are your thoughts?  What would you use these for?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Deco Art Glass Paint Markers

Back again with the Deco Art Glass Paint Markers!  I know I have discussed the virtues of these markers in the past but I am once again going to express how easy they are to use!  This is my last set which will be used as Christmas gifts.

My husband watched me doodle on these the other night and was amazed that I just sit down without a plan and doodle on the glass.  I guess I've done enough of these that I'm pretty confident that I can just go with the flow. I've tried to repeat the patterns from some of the previous designs but never seem to be able to duplicate them, I guess that is the beauty of hand-made.  LOL.  I hope you will give the markers a try, even if you have to order them directly from Deco Art I really feel that they are worth the time and money invested.  Merry Christmas.

 You can see in these photos I've used the markers on a few ornaments as well as the porcelain dishes.  The two flat ornaments in the front and the round one toward the back were all purchased at Michael's.  I preferred the round one to the flat, just a personal preference but will keep that in mind for next year.  In fact am planning to try my hand at doodling on colored glass ornaments which I have an abundance of.  I will keep you posted how they turn out.  That could be a wonderful surface to try this technique on.
My very favorite dish is the round one to the left of this photo, I just love how I integrated the colored markers into the piece, I felt the color set off the design.  I may have to keep that one for myself.  

For some reason this has been an extremely popular series of blog posts, I don't really know if it is because you are all interested in using the markers or you just like the idea of doodling on porcelain.  I'd love to hear what you like about this series of blog posts.  

I have a glass Patron bottle which I have been saving for the right project and may try my hand at doodling on it.  HMMMM..... 

I'd love to hear what it is that has intrigued you all about this series of blog posts.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gel Printing Part 2 with my Daughter

I love the Christmas season!!!  Unfortunately it goes by so quickly and I for one do not take it all in until something makes me slow down and enjoy.  I think that many of us get so caught up in the shopping, wrapping, decorating, and the prepping that we forget what Christmas is all about.  That happened last weekend when my daughter decided to come spend the day with me and gel print because she wanted to make her Grandmother a recipe book for Christmas.  This Christmas she wanted to make as many of her gifts as she could for economical reasons but also because she really wanted to connect in a personal way with her gift giving.

As I stated in my last post I was so thrilled that she was interested and we had a great day.   She used many of her gel prints for sections of the book.  She sent me a few photos as the book came together and I was thrilled with the result, she very kindly gave me permission to share the pages with all of you.  I know that her Grandmother will treasure the book and be able to use it every day to store her recipes.  I know I felt honored that my daughter wanted to share this day with me.  What a wonderful spirit.

Gell Printing with my Daughter

To my delight my daughter recently expressed an interest in wanting to learn how to Gel Print and I was both surprised and thrilled.  We spent a glorious day monoprinting on my Gelli Arts Plate, what a great day of mother/daughter bonding while sharing a technique which I love.  You can see in the photos which follow that she had a wonderful time and made some really lovely prints.  I think she is a natural!  Believe it or not it was her first time.

 I had her use the Deco Art Satin paints as I always get a great result with them and I really love the finish when they are dry.
 Here she is adding texture with a plastic holder which originally held glue sticks during shipping!  I tend to use as many found/household objects as I can when gel printing.  She particularly liked the texture which she achieved with it.  You can see the reverse on the print in the photo below.  As you can see she also used a number of stencils and the Catalyst Wedge tools.

 Here she is printing section of a paper, she was actually horrified to learn that I do not clean my plate until she started to pull some of the dried bits of paint which added amazing layers to her prints.  Now she's a believer.
 Look at these glorious prints.  I can't tell you how proud I am of her.  She has always been very creative and started painting with me as a toddler but seemed to lose interest during her teen years.  Maybe she is interested in Art again?  Hopefully!!!!

I can't wait to share with you what she is doing with these prints.....  A gift for someone, unfortunately not me.  LOL.  Check back in a few days to see.