Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Painting Glass Jars

I decided to jump on the painted glass bandwagon…I liked the colors that could be used with the Mod Podge technique, but I wanted something that withstood water exposure. 
I scouted around on pinterest and found a few ideas…one here and one here.  I chose to go with this one where the jars are baked after applying the paint. I used Vitrea glass paint and got it here.  I used turquoise. 
I used all disposable painting supplies so I didn’t have to worry about getting the paint off everything…that cup is a Jello container and of course plastic spoons to stir with and sponge brushes.
I mixed the paint with the dilutent, it only took a few drops of the paint for 2 tsp of the dilutent.
I painted basically every jar that I had that was clear glass… Now I do want to state that it is much harder to get the paint streak free than any of these tutorials I used for directions.  Basically it was impossible, like it wasn’t happening that the jars were streak free. So, what I am trying to say is my jars aren’t perfect!
Now I let them dry for 2 days.  Yep, they still have streaks.  So I pretended they didn’t have streaks and I cooked them in the oven. 
I love the finished products…
I even used the glass paint on the glass knob on the washi tape jar in the back. 
The color matches the vintage Ball jars you can see in the back on both sides. 
I have some on my craft chest, holding washi tape and sea shells and thread and glitter vials.
Here is a close up of the glass knob I painted.
Love, love, love!
I am linking to these great parties!


Unknown said...

Such a smart idea- love the knobs on top!
new follower - hope you will drop in and do the same

Sam I Am...... said...

Hello neighbor! I'm just over the border from Missouri in North Central, AR.
I LOVE your jars! That's amazing how you did that and they look great. I save jars of all kinds especially glass ones as so many are plastic these days. I've got to do this! Also, where do you get "washi tapes". I first heard about them on some English blogs and thought it was something over there but then I saw you had a whole bunch of pretty ones...I want some! LOL! Where did you get them and the supplies for your glass painting? I have to order most stuff over the internet as I only have a Walmart and that's still 30 minutes away.
I'm just REALLY impressed with those jars and your tops too! Great job!

Diana Joy said...

Love your jars and seeing how you did it. tfs.

Terriea Kwong said...

Pretty jars. The transparent clear look is great. If I can get the paints here I'll give it a go too.

Donna Wilkes said...

I thought from the thumbnail on Whatever... these would be antiques. What a clever idea and the knobs on the lids just make them extra-special.

Distressed Donna Down Home

becclebee said...

that is such a cute idea! I love glass jars too...

Sarah said...

ooh golly I love these jars. they look sooo great with your creative bits n bobs. the washi tape I love I have been wanting to track some down. and ur buttons too, very vinty pretty

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Smart idea! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday this week.

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Smart idea! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday this week.

Aunt B said...

Nice idea. I like the handles on the lids and appreciate the information on the paint.

Nicole@Classic-Hymns.com said...

Those look great. My daughters love painting jars as gifts and decor.

Unknown said...

Awesome..your blue color is beautiful!

Recipes We Love said...

I love blue jars! I mean LOVE them! I think I am going to have to paint some of my ball jars

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These turned out perfect. Love the addition of the knobs on top.

Unknown said...

Ellen, these are gorgeous! I just adore the knobs on the top.. soo clever!
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

Susie @Bowdabra said...

Ellen these jars totally rock! i need to start collecting jars!

I would LOVE for you to stop over and link this up in our Crafty Saturday Showcase! It runs from Sat-Thur. Then we pick the top post to feature on Friday. We also have a linky for ETSY and Business Crafty items!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Susie @Bowdabra

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

What an adorable collection! Thanks for sharing them with us! Love how they turned out!

Take care,


Amy said...

These look great Ellen! I have been thinking about trying this for a while too.

Thanks for linking up

No one said...

I've never seen this done before, what a clever idea!

Kayla's Creations said...

These look great! Thanks so much for sharing this at Sunday Round Up! Have a great week!
-Kayla :)

Stefanie Staniak said...

These are great. Because you baked them, are they food safe? I was wondering if you could put candy in them or maybe use them for drink cups.
Thanks for the tutorial.

Six Sisters said...

The jars are so cute!! What a fun idea. We are so glad you came to another week of our fun "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Please join us again! -The Sisters

Rose Jesky said...

I love the look of those jars. I have been want to try something like that, thanks for showing me how.
@ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

I really like the color, and the little accents on the lids. I painted some recently, with spray paint, and they turned out well. But I should do this to store small craft supplies in. Thanks for sharing at our Handmade Tuesdays party!

Etcetorize said...

Wow, these turned out awesome! I love the colour and the knobs really make them special. Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize!

São Paulo Para-brisa Reparo said...

Im so happy learning such method. Thanks!

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

You did an amazing job, they are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

Stuff-n-Such By Lisa said...

These are so pretty Ellen!
Glad I found you on Crafty Texas Girls "Cowgirl Up" Link Party!
I am now a happy follower and would love it if you came by to visit me at my blog!
Lisa H.

Taylor @ Pink Heels Pink Truck said...

Thank you so much for linking up this great tutorial on how to paint glass at my Unveil Your Genius link party last week. I hope you'll link up again soon!

Carrie said...

Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Rachel said...

Love! They look fantastic. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

Unknown said...

Love it! Featuring you today!
XO, Aimee

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

These were so great, I featured them on Handmade Tuesdays today!

green drink said...

Im supposed to do that. Awesome!

Gretchen said...

HI, I picked up some vitrea at Michaels on clearance... I was wondering, is it supposed to be thick? I managed to find one bottle of dilutant, but before I use it, I just want to see if it is supposed to be thick, kind of like syrup??

Unknown said...

Awww, beautiful jars! I'd love to have some of that in my shelves. Thanks for sharing some ideas for glass painting designs, I really love them!

Cheers xxx