Jamie Hofmann
Jamie Hofmann
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  • Overland Park, KS

Vase: From Plain to Fabulous

7 Materials
$3
1 Hour
Medium

So I was visiting my mom and saw she had kept all the clear glass vases the flowers came in over the years from the florist. So I decided to paint them. Not a new idea on this website, but I do have a few tips that might help someone trying for the first time.

vase from plain to fabulous

Here are a the collection of painted glass vases. Now what to do with them?

Supplies
Supplies

I gathered up some supplies. I love to DIY so I had a lot of this stuff on hand.

clean glass vase - run through dishwasher to make sure very clean.

acrylic paint

disposable cups

Flood (floetrol)

satin clear enamel spray paint

disposable aluminum tray

popsicle sticks

Make it flow
Make it flow

Choose your color scheme. I chose metallics and maroon. I started with about a tablespoon of acrylic paint and put each color in a separate plastic cup. Mix your color selections of acrylic with Flood at about 3 parts Flood to 1 part paint. It should easily run off the popsicle stick.

Layering your paint
Layering your paint

Pour your color selections into a clean, empty cup, layering the colors. Do not use up all your paint but save some for added design elements later in the painting process. Do not stir the layers.

vase from plain to fabulous

Take your vase and place it on an empty plastic cup, upside down in the metal tray. The vase should not touch the tray. We are painting the out side. The plastic cup it is sitting on allows the paint to run off and not sit in the runoff paint. You can periodically scrap off the nips of paint on the edge of the vase with a popsicle stick. This will give you a clean edge. Slowly pour your paint on the glass vase. If you feel like your paint is stuck in a vein and not covering the entire vase, just take your popsicle stick and smear a little paint at the top of the gap. That will get the paint flowing in the empty areas.

Add some drama
Add some drama

I wanted some definate color stripping this vase. I used some of the reserved paint and poured lines of paint down the vase. If you feel like you are puddling paint on the bottom, this is a good time to address it. Take a popsicle stick and push the paint in the middle toward the edge. Let the paint run, frequently swiping the edge with the popsicle stick.

Cover it up and let it dry.
Cover it up and let it dry.

Once you like the design and the paint has pretty much stopped flowing off, cover it up and let it dry. I frequently check it and swipe the edge of the vase with a popsicle stick during the drying phase. This helps ensure I have a clean edge. Once it is not shiny at all, it is dry. It usually takes about 24 hours. I then spray it with 4 light coats of the clear satin enamel, giving plenty of time for drying in between each of the 4 light coats.

Finished project
Finished project


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Have a question about this project?

3 of 14 questions
  • Elizabeth Nathan
    on Dec 8, 2018

    Why cover it up with what you use, can it be just be just be aside and let dry.

    • Leslie Johnson
      on Dec 12, 2018

      Oooooo! That’s one of the best tips I’ve read about painting! I have a cat AND dog, both of whom shed. Lol

  • Sheila Woodward
    on Dec 15, 2018

    What is Flood? A first timer, if you could let me know

    • Jamie Hofmann
      on Dec 15, 2018

      Flood/Floetrol is a paint additive that thins out the paint to prevent lines when rolling or brushing. It does not dilute the color of the paint. Professional home painters use it all the time. It can be found at Home Depot and professional paint supply companies. You can also use a pour paint additive that artists use, it is more expensive but does the same thing. Usually termed a pour medium. Found in the acrylic section of your hobby store.

  • Shelley Byrd-Bertrand
    on Jan 6, 2019

    do you have to use flood

    • Jamie Hofmann
      on Jan 7, 2019

      The Flood additive does not dilute the paint as water would. It also allows for the movement and thinning of the paint to get this effect. You can use Liquitex Flow Aid Fluid Additive found in craft stores. It is a bit more expensive than Flood.

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  • Deb
    on Dec 9, 2018

    I love the look of your vases, very beautiful & I have several vases around so I'm ready to give it my best shot! Thanks SO much for sharing!

  • Jamie Hofmann
    on Jan 7, 2019

    Thank you and good crafting!


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