This past weekend, I had a bit of a crash course in glass paint.
I have been seeing some amazing glass projects over Pinterest and wanted to try some projects of my own. Not really sure of what product would be best, I ended up trying almost all of the brands offered at Michaels (thank goodness for the sale this weekend!) & this is what I discovered while using the different products:
Pebeo Porcelaine 150: Glass Paint Marker
These guys come in a wide array of colours (the sister brand, Vitrea, takes the cake for types of finishes in their markers), but the great thing about the Porcelaine line is that they are opaque (which is what I wanted).
They can be either Bullet tipped (a little thick. Similar to a regular sharpie marker), or Fine tipped (the thinnest it comes in- Great for smaller glass projects & detail work). I got one of each so I could test out the thickness. And not to mention, these little bad guys can be used on so many surfaces (basically everything including the kitchen sink!)
For my first project, I used both the bullet (in Anthracite black) & fine-tipped markers (in Peacock blue, pictured below) & tried them on these little tea bag dishes from the thrift store for 50% off ($1.50 for both).
I carefully drew my design (first on paper), then decided on the one I would use. I knew I wanted it to have a picture of a tea bag, so I made sure I had options :)
When drawing my design, I tried the bullet tip on a regular sheet of paper to test the flow of the ink. It went on smoothly and didn’t run. The fine tip was very fine, and I needed to go over my lines several times to get the thickness I wanted.
With this marker (and any Pebeo brand), you have to wait for 24 hours before baking it in the oven. The waiting part was hard. It was like watching paint dry ;)
When about to bake, it is recommended to put the glass into a cold oven, then put it to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (or 150 degrees Celsius) for 35 minutes. When time is up, turn the stove off and leave the glass inside until the oven is cool again. Yes, more waiting (but the paint will be dishwasher safe, so it’s worth it!)
After it’s baked, the paint still looks exactly the same colour and it has the same lustre. There you have it, a customized, whimsical set of bag rests (great for a gift! I’m already thinking of my tea-sipping friends) :)
(warning: before you go any further, you might experience symptoms of sickness when seeing the colour gold. I just happen to be loving gold lately & I think I went overboard… thought I might warn you).
Vitrea 160: Paint in a tube
Depending on where you cut the tip, you can allow it to be fine-tipped or have more paint come out at once. I wanted to ensure the entire plate would not end up gold, so I cut it really close to the top.
After 24 hours and baking it, I ended up with a funky urban outfitters-ish dish (that my husband believes does not match anything in our home and therefore must be let go of… sigh, he is the Simon Cowell of design, friends). ;)
The texture you see when it is wet, is the same texture after it’s baked, so take that into consideration when deciding your medium.
Nonetheless, I had me a cheeky dessert plate. Perfect for anyone looking for an excuse to ruin their resolutions… only 20-something days after making them.
Last in line:
sick of gold yet? :)
(not exclusively used for glass, but can be used for it)
I put three coats on for a darker more even finish. After it dried, I had a glamourous jewelry dish for my vanity (this product was inspired by a pretty bowl I pinned on my diy board).
I hope this inspires you to try something new and interesting with glass paint (long gone are the days when I hear those words and just think church windows) :)