Glass Painting Techniques

I have to admit, I’ve never actually tried glass painting before, and  I knew I would need to do some research before trying it out for myself. There are so many different effects you can achieve using glass paints and vases. You can find inexpensive glass at the dollar store or even in the top shelf of your kitchen cabinets! My husband and I have a constant battle over the mason jars in our house – he uses them for canning and I use them for decorating. Once he’s used them once or twice, I wash them out and hide them in hard to reach cabinets. Once you’ve gathered your extra glass containers and pretty paints check out some of these tutorials for design ideas and tips.When your projects are complete feel free to post pictures of your new glass decor in the comment section!

 

These Modern Mason Jars are a great way to re-use or reclaim the mason jars in your own kitchen! Once you’re done with this project those old mason jars won’t be hiding any longer. These would be great for holding crafts supplies, or decorative knick knacks on a modern mantle place.

Martha Stewart Crafts Modern Mason JarsPlaid Online – Chris Myer Williams

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Kids Crafts: DIY Paintbrushes

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

I’m a huge fan of giving kids projects that have very few rules. Seeing what kids can come up with on their own is always a lot more fun than a structured project. One of the best ways to do this is to give them some paints and paper. If you want to try something new, there are so many ways to paint without the standard paintbrush. Here are some great ways to make your own paintbrushes and let the kids experience something completely new.

Toddler Pointillism

Toddler Pointillism

Not only is pointillism a great way to change up the painting routine, but you can add in an art history lesson along the way. Grab anything that can make a great dotter, we used pencils, but you can use q-tips, knitting needles, or anything else you have lying around!

Yarn Paintbrushes - Lean Play Imagine

Yarn PaintbrushesLearn Play Imagine

Yarn is another fun way to make paint brushes. You can make long and short bristles to let kids experiment. It can make for some really fun and abstract paintings!

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Kids Crafts: Fabric Painting

If you have a creative child around, there are many great craft supplies to keep them busy, and keep you worry-free. Keep the right supplies on hand, and crafting with your kid can be fun and help you build memories that can last well into their lives.

Most likely, your kids have been painting for a while. They might even be a little bored with it. Have you thought about moving their normal painting activities onto fabric? It allows them to create something that can actually be used, and not just displayed. It also introduces a brand new texture into their crafting.

Turkey Day Tablecloth

Turkey Day Tablecloth

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the kids will want to help you out with decorating and cooking. Let them get involved with this easy tablecloth craft. It uses freezer paper stencils, so the kids can get as messy as they like, and you’ll still have a crisp tablecloth for Thanksgiving Day.

Tie Dye with Acrylic Paints - Come Together Kids

Tie Dye with Acrylic PaintsCome Together Kids

Dye can be tricky, messy, and very permanent for little hands. Water based acrylic paints is much easier to clean off skin and comes in so many more colors! Let the kids create their own tie-dyed shirts without all the extra hassle!

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Painted Pumpkin Topiary

By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

This Painted Pumpkin Topiary is a great kids' craft to brighten your doorway this Halloween

Welcome autumn with this cute pumpkin topiary.  It’s a great project to get the kids involved with, and can be made either in this simplified form, or gussied up by painting and embellishing with lots of details.  Either way, this cute decoration is a fun way to welcome fall!

Pumpkin 2

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pumpkin topiary:

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Valentine Painted Birds

By Guest Blogger Maria Mercedes

Valentine Painted Birds

materials:

 

First, wash your rocks with soap and water to remove any oily residue.  Dry well.  Then, paint all of the rocks white paint, this step helps the other colors stand out more. Let dry.

Cut and transfer patterns to the rocks.

Trace

Paint the rocks the suggested colors or any other color that you prefer. Once all the rocks are painted and dry, outline the heart and birds with a black permanent sharpie.

Use any varnish or acrylic sealer to seal the rocks.

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Painted Rocks

Valentines Painted Rocks

By Guest Blogger Maria Mercedes

Painted Rocks

Materials:

Directions:

Collect rocks as flat as possible and wash them well. You may also buy a whole package of river rocks at the Dollar store.

Words on Rocks

Rip little pieces of paper from your book and glue them down to your rock. Once all the rocks are done, sand them slightly so they feel smooth.

Use a pencil to lightly draw a heart and write the words down. The letters don’t have to be perfect but it you don’t like how one turned out simply mod podge over it  with the book page and re-paint again.

Seal rocks with varnish.

 

 

 

Painted Bear

By Guest Blogger Maria Mercedes

Painted Bear Wall Art 

Supplies:

 

Directions:

Glue decorative paper to canvas using gel medium or mod podge.
Water down the white paint to cover most of the decorative paper but leaving the edges unpainted. Let dry and then apply another coat of watered down light blue paint on top of the white.
Transfer a pattern of your choice to canvas.

Bear Base Coat

Base coat bear using terra cotta paint and use antique white for the mouth area and small bottom. Paint beehive skin tone, bees yellow and wings white. Let dry.

Shadows

Shade darker areas by applying watered down burnt umber paint to some areas.

Painted Bear Canvas

Use the permanent black pen to outline details and finish off the painting.

Add Red Pastel

 

Using a red pastel oil and an old brush add the red color cheeks to the bear

 

 

 

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