Thursday, 29 January 2015

Coloured Chaos Glasses

Coloured Chaos Glasses
By Natalie Wyatt 

Made with "Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paint".

This glass is an extremely easy design and a great expression of your flair as no two could be alike. It can also be done in less than five minutes. (Excluding baking)

 What you will need:

  • 1 x Packet of Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paints (Glossy)
  • 1 x Wales Old Fashion Glass (Or any other preference)*
  • 1 x Small Paintbrush (I used Princeton Art & Brush Co. Golden Taklon Synthetic Hair #4 Round)
  • 1 x Spatula (I used Catalyst by Princeton)
  • A cup filled with water (To rise your brush)
  • Scrap paper to cover work-bench.
  • Tissues to blot the wet paint-brushes.
* I bought my glasses from Kmart, they came as a pack of 6 and were $6!

 I used Pepper Red, Sun Yellow and Turquoise Vitrea 160 paints for this example. You may use other colours as desired, however the three selected colours are the basic Primary colours which mix to make all other secondary colours like green, orange and purple.

 First begin by dipping your paintbrush into the paints and loading it rather heavily onto the glass in a small line. Make sure you wash in the cup of water and dry your brush on the tissues between each colour so you don't mix the paints in the pots.

 Then, using the spatula tip, drag the spatula across the lines starting at the red and smoothing past the blue to create a stroke of mixed colour.

 You will then notice on your spatula residue from the smudged paint. Do not wash this off!

Using the side of the spatula with paint, again swipe the spatula across the glass in a different direction. This will create a new colour stroke.

 Repeat the same process in different areas until you have run out of paint on the spatula. You may like to smudge the paint already on the glass to create new strokes.

 Repeat the first steps again by applying the three colours using the paintbrush onto the glass. You don't have to necessarily use lines or have any sort of order! All we want is the colours to be close enough to blend. For example, in the above shot, I used dots of paint as well as lines.

 Take the spatula again and smudge the paint to create the colour strokes on the glass. 
I painted my glass in an ascending fashion so the colour would start at the bottom of the glass and wrap around to the top.

 Now finally when you are happy with your design, put it aside and allow to dry. 
The instructions say to leave it for 12 hours, but if you have only a thin layer of paint you might only need a couple of hours. I generally just do a touch test, if it's dry and your finger comes away clean then it's ready.

 You can now place it on a tray and bake it in a conventional oven on 160 degrees for 40 minutes. (Normal oven function is fine)
Then remove your glass from the tray and allow to cool.
The baking process deepens the colours and helps them set so your glass is now ready to use and is dishwasher and microwave safe!

If you find you have some dried on paint on your desk or any surface, just scratch it off and it should leave your surface clean. Same with skin, you can either wash it off immediately, or wait for it to dry and just peel/scratch it off.

The glasses look brilliant in sunlight and create an almost stained glass effect!

Please send us photos of your designs!

Natalie Wyatt

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