Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse:) Painting Blue Crab Wine Glasses

26 May

“I never realized why people are called crabby sometimes. Did you ever see a crab? Not very handsome.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


My dear friend Joni asked me if I could paint some lobsters on some wine glasses for her, and I said I’d give it a try. She gave me a tea towel with the picture on it and she said, “Oh, I guess it’s a crab and not a lobster.” I wouldn’t know the difference. I don’t eat anything that swims in the water.

I always have to research, practice on paper and do a test sample on glass before I get to the real thing. It may look easy, but it takes several days to do a simple project. But, a challenge is a challenge.

After researching some clip art photos, I painted a repurposed vase with variegated blues and white to simulate the sea. This blue FolkArt Enamel glass paint is not very opaque, so it doesn’t show up well on clear glass. Thus, the white background. The practice vase turned out pretty good, so that will be an extra surprise for Joni. Surprise!

After a practice sample, I discovered it I base coated the crab first with a light blue combo blue/white, that the white paint would make the blue more opaque. Then, after it dried, the cobalt blue would stand out better on the glass. The tricky part is painting exactly on top of the previous layer. It takes a steady hand and nerves of steal. I laughed because I literally found myself holding my breath on the fine detailed parts. 🤦‍♀️

I think they turned out pretty darn good. Now, they need to dry over night and bake in the oven tomorrow.

Now, for a glass of wine. It’s National Wine Day. I’m running out of time, 11:40 pm. 🍷 Cheers!

2 Responses to “Toni’s Tuesday Time-lapse:) Painting Blue Crab Wine Glasses”

  1. Cheryl May 26, 2021 at 12:04 pm #

    Superb crab! Lobsters are red and long. Look like crawdads on steroids. Most stores use to have a tank of them for sale. Whats cool about lobsters is how they will make a chain to cross the ocean bottom. Lobster conga!

  2. Maria - FlowingWatersArt May 26, 2021 at 4:10 pm #

    Excellent video!! Love your how you put the crab pic inside the glass. Makes it easier to do. I’m not particularly fond of painting on a rounded surface but I guess you have to get used to it. These turned out great! Love them 😍😍

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