6 Oct 2011
How to Paint Wine Glasses
posted by: Jaime
While a night out at a paint-your-own place can be fun, the cost of a sitter combined with food, drinks and entertainment can get expensive fast…and if you aren’t pleased with the art you create, it can really bring down the joy of the experience.
I have a friend’s canvas on the wall in our basement from such an experience – not that the art is bad…but she felt as though it was. It actually looks super cute on the wall with the other projects, and knowing the value of many artist’s “first works,” I had the foresight to salvage the gem from making its way to the dumpster. I warned her that the price tag would be hefty when she wants it back someday, wink.
So, how about saving the adventure out-on-the-town for post-practice and enjoy several fun evenings *in* with friends to spruce up your technique?
With the many ideas available online and the amazing ability of your own creativity, you can plan a successful painting party in the comforts of your own home. Just add some delicious treats, fun drinks and a smaller project for the kids and you’re ready to go. Take turns hosting until all of your friends are confident enough in their abilities to go public!
What you’ll need:
A safe work surface – Try covering a table with an old cloth or newspaper. Paint wipes up well when wet but is not so easily removed from clothing.
Wine glasses – Purchase at a discount store for about $1 per glass. If you already have a collection of wine glasses, consider champagne flutes, pilsner or rocks glasses.
Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls – Use these to thoroughly clean the glass. It’s difficult to keep paint fused to glass, so pre-washing is helpful. Be sure to use gentle after care as well. I hand wash my glasses keeping most of the water and soap on the inside – never submerge with other dishes…unless you *really* dislike your artwork, ha.
Paint brushes – Variety packs are available at craft stores and unless you consider yourself an expert, pretty much any quality will do just fine. Be sure to purchase several different sizes.
Skewers – I love using the sharp end of a skewer for small details…and a signature. I turn my brushes around and use the blunt side for dots. Get creative and try using different objects to add flair to your project!
Acrylic paints – I’ve experimented with both general crafting and specialized glass paints. The quality seems to vary. I had had one glass paint wash off, so I started using all the paints I already own and simply glazing over them with a varnish before baking. If a mistake is made while painting the glass, simply wipe clean with a wet paper towel.
Varnish – This is an acrylic paint and can come in several opaque shades – some with glitter which is super fun! The glaze is just one more helpful way to hold the paint onto the glass and prevent chipping. Be sure the original painting is dry before brushing on the varnish.
For more ideas, browse the Internet and see what others have done. I hosted a bachelorette party for a friend who will be getting married this fall – at the party we each painted a special glass for the couple to keep as a commemorative collection by all their favorite artists. I had found a bachelorette-appropriate painting idea beforehand – the curvatureof the glass makes a the illusion rather obnoxious! My friend had the honor of sipping out of this thing at her party:
After glaze is completely dry,
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil
Place glazed glasses in a *cold* oven (to prevent breaking)
Turn temp to 350 degrees
Set timer for 20 minutes, then turn the oven off
Let glasses cool completely while in the oven
Placing the glass in a cold oven prevents the glass from shattering with the sudden temperature change – same reason for leaving the glass in as it cools.
The smell of paint baking will fill the air, so be sure to ventilate well, eek.
Some paints change color during the baking process and you just won’t know till you try.
Have fun! The best art is that which is created with a joyful heart and good friends!
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