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Saturday:) Some More of My Amazing Reverse Glass Painting

18 Jun

“Sometimes I’m so creative that I even amaze myself. Did I say that out loud.🤦‍♀️👩🏻‍🎨”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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I love to give and receive handmade gifts, so when our good friend Jerry had a birthday coming up, I decided that I needed to make something special. Because he really loved the African themed bowl that I donated to the Empty Bowls Charity this year, I decided to create something similar. Jerry actually went to the charity event last month in hopes of being the high bidder in the auction, but the bowl was already up to $400. Crazy!

I found a goodly sized clear glass bowl at the thrift store. Another thing I like to do is purchase items at thrift stores, repurpose them, and give them a new spectacular life. Trash to treasure.

OK, funny story. We were meeting Jerry for a birthday lunch on Wednesday. So when do I decide to start painting this very intricate project? Yep! Tuesday night. 🤦‍♀️ All the different layers have to dry a couple of hours so, I only got the first layer of black done before I went to bed around 2am. I woke up before 8 so I could continue painting. I finished painting by 11, but I didn’t have time to bake it in a 350° oven to cure, so I set it outside in the scorching Texas heat for an hour to dry. 🤦‍♀️ Same Difference, right? I do tend to procrastinate. I was just hoping it was good and dry when I placed it in the birthday gift bag and off to lunch at 12:30. 🤦‍♀️ Needles to say, Jerry loved his one-of-a-kind hand painted gift. ❤️

First I clean the glass with alcohol, and paint the outside with black FolkArt Enamel paint, made for glass. Because this may be used for food, I painted only the outside. Thus, reverse painting.
I used a foam makeup sponge to dab on the variegated colors from red to orange to yellow on top of the black figures. You have to work fast so you can blend the colors evenly while still moist.
Here’s the tricky part. Now, I have to paint the trees and animals in black again over the variegated red-Orange paint. I could see through it a little bit, but it wasn’t easy. So now you can see the black painting from the inside and outside of the bowl. (Outside view)

Inside view. Amazing, right?

There’s a quick time-lapse video below that shows the technique. You should watch it, it’s less than 30 seconds.

https://youtube.com/shorts/DYPdWXO_w3g?feature=share

Happy AMAZING Saturday, my friends.