Hello members of the flock. I’ve got a little more crafting to show you. Crafting of the non-perfect, strictly amateur but oh so fun and gratifying kind. Oh and there are glass jars involved. And flowers. And flowers in glass jars.
One can never have too many flowers in ones life, nor glass jars. And that is my humble opinion and I am sticking to it.
As I set out for an afternoon of glass jar painting with my sister, accompanied with copious amounts of hot tea and some oh so delicious macaroons that my sister brought
— for the record can I say that any kind of crafting goes oh so much better when one takes numerous breaks for tea with a macaroon. And that if one buys a set of individual different kinds macaroons to share it is absolute essential to cut them all in half so that one can taste all the different kinds. Oh and that one taste testing session is never enough, to make up ones mind about which one is the favorite. One will need many more sessions of macaroon tasting before one can come to a final conclusion. Crafting while tasting is optional by the way, the other way around it is not….. —–
Anyway, as I was saying. For that afternoon of crafting fun, I had gathered up quite an amount of glass jars and craft materials because I wanted to try out more than one way of dying glass jars. The Modpodge way of dying mason jars works great, but as I said it makes it difficult to use the jars for flowers as they can not directly hold water.
And my glass jars always have to do double duty as vases too. I am like that, no day without a flower in my life and nothing is better, simpler and easier than styling a bunch of flowers in some glass jars. Instant effect, instant gratification.
So I also experimented with painting my glass jars with actual glass paint.
It worked, sort off….
As always I am hopeless at following instructions, and as usual my jars didn’t turn out the way I wanted in the first run, so I foofed and fiddled with them until I liked them.
I ended up combining two tutorials, this one that uses a dilutant to thin the glass paint and than swirls the paint to get a good coverage, and this one that uses a brush to apply the paint. I didn’t have the dilutant that was mentioned in the first tutorial so I diluted my glass paint with white spirit. It diluted it alright and made swirling nice and easy, but the mixture didn’t leave a strong color behind. So I ended up brushing some paint directly in the jars too, to make my colors stronger.
These little jars won’t win any craft challenge. They are kind of stripy and a bit uneven and have drips everywhere, but ‘frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’.
They wouldn’t win any beauty contest, but I am not entering them in any contest anyway. I am just enjoying them.
Basking in the glory of my rainbow colored glass jars, and how they make my little daisies look like stars.
Aren’t they sweet. I went for an ombre effect, and I think I succeeded, sort off.
So if you do want any tips from me on how to get this effect I suggest you take a look at those tutorials, then gather up some materials and start playing. And then forget about the tutorials and keep playing until you like the final result.
Then eat some more macaroons (or chocolate, chocolate is always good), pat yourself on the back, go get some flowers and start playing.
Cause after all, let’s all not take this crafting thing too seriously.
Oh, this little vignette makes me long for summer…..
But first let’s make sure Spring gets here, I can feel it in the air…