Here I am... painting one of my vases, ha ha.
This fits the title perfect. I made this signature tag in
Paint Shop Pro, a computer editing program.
We have Challenge Week in a Yahoo Group I'm in and
I made this tag from one of the tutorials we were
supplied with, to do the challenge.
I took an all day Workshop Class, to learn how to paint these.
I'm going to show you a couple steps to painting these vases.
First you start with a plain clear vase, any type you like.
You can get them at Wal-Mart really cheap or if you have someone
that sends you flowers, you may have a few clear vases on hand *smile*
I've seen several vases finished and I like this style the best, with
the little scallop edge on the top.
Wash it and dry it...let it air a couple hours, to make sure
it's completely dry.
This vase is upside down, because it was drying, when I took the picture.
I painted it a COPPER color... This picture shows the FIRST COAT of paint.
You have to judge that yourself, but I think I used 3 coats total, before
painting the flowers.
HOWEVER, after the first or second coat of paint,
you have to BAKE the acrylic on your vase. Set it on a cookie sheet
Bake in a SLOW OVEN about 200 degrees for a couple hours. This is very
important, other wise your paint will chip off the vase... later.
Paint your vase with acrylics you can get in a small bottle
at any craft store or Wal-Mart. You don't need the expensive
acrylics for this!
I painted mine with the COPPER, it gives the vase a nice *RICH* look
and it was autumn, so I made a few for presents too!
You can use any color you like.
First find the picture or floral graphic you are going to paint
and then you can pick your vase color easier.
This is the front of the vase after
I worked on it for 8 hours after I baked it. So I almost finished
the inital lay-in of the flowers. Then I let it dry and went back and
put the details on the flowers and leaves.
This is the back of the vase! Excuse the picture, the lighting
must have been at night with the lamp on, so it's fuzzy.
You can see I have a bud of the flower, that isn't open yet,
on the back.
Here is another picture of the vase, with some more details added.
Here you can see I've added more details, the center of the flowers.
It's sitting on a table in my office. The painting in the background is
is a painting I was working on too. An Autumn setting of leaves.
While I have my paintings in progress, I like to hang them, so I can
step back and look at them and see what I want to add next.
It always gives me a better perspective, when I can step back and see.
Here is the finished vase,
with the 2 coats of CLEAR ACRYLIC that you
apply when the finished painting is painted on your vase.
See how pretty it shines. You have to do the CLEAR coats
for the vase to be finished. Otherwise your painting looks dull.
and it will chip. You can purchase the clear finish in the same
place you get the acrylic paints.
This makes for beautiful presents!!!
If you are crafty...PLEASE try one.
They are fast and easy to paint and will make
someone happy....even if it's for you!
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