Friday, November 1, 2013

Paintng Glass Plates for Decor & Entertaining

I've always wanted to try glass painting since I'm collecting purple plates to put on a small wall in my kitchen.  It has been rather hard locating plates with shades of purple that I really love enough to hang up. I decided to make my own hand painted ones to blend in and coordinate with the colors in my home.  

 I came across a group of Martha Stewart adhesive silkscreen leaf patterns, one, of a ginkgo leaf that I especially love.

Leaves Glass Silkscreen - Martha Stewart Crafts

 Have you ever looked at a ginkgo leaf?  It is very unique among leaves with its' fan shape appearance.  There is a certain elegance about the ginkgo leaf which I love.  And did you know that the ginkgo tree is a living fossil, existing  200 million years ago?  Enough about the history - I just love the way the ginkgo leaf looks and am excited to use this pattern on my plate.

File:Autumn Ginkgo Leaf.jpg

 I have to let you know this is my first time working with silkscreens or stencils of any kind so it's a new crafting experience for me, so stay with me on this. 

I found some lovely clear glass square plates at Walmart for $1.50 each.  The Dollar Tree use to sell the plain round kind but I haven't seen them lately.  I checked their website and the plain clear plates were no longer listed.
I do find square plates to be very chic and popular in today's décor.

After doing a little research, I discovered I could make a lovely painted plate with a few supplies I had on hand. 

To do this I used:

  • Enamel paint - FolkArt
  • Foam dabber
  • Alcohol and cotton balls
  • Adhesive silkscreen 

Lets get started:

1.  Wash your glass plate with dish detergent and water. Best to allow it to air dry so there won't be any fibers from paper towels or dish towels. After it's dry, wipe with alcohol to remove any residue, fingerprints or oil.

2.  Place your adhesive silkscreen to the back side of the glass plate.  This is done so you can eat off the plate or use it to serve or display food while entertaining. Try not to touch the silkscreen open pattern with your fingers because of the oil in your skin. You can use a paper towel or a cardboard roll to smooth out the screen.

3.  Dip the foam dabber into the paint sparingly (I used a small throw away plate for my paint) and carefully dab it onto the silkscreen. Once the design is covered remove the silkscreen quickly. 

 4.  Wash the paint off the silkscreen immediately. Do not allow it to dry on the silkscreen. 


5. Repeat the process for as many patterns you want to apply, allowing each pattern to dry between applications. If you mess up, use a alcohol dampen cotton ball to remove any wet paint.  If the paint is allowed to dry, it must be scraped off.


6. You can set the paint permanently by putting the glass plate in the oven.  Set the oven to 325 degrees for 30 minutes and then allow to cool.  Do this twice and your plate is safe to hand wash or top shelf dishwasher.

Surprisingly, I couldn't stop at painting the plate.  Using another leaf pattern I painted a large glass vessel using the same purple hues.

I'm not very good at putting together tablescapes, but while I'm still getting my plate collection together I couldn't resist setting out my newly painted pieces.

All the colors compliment one another . . . .

especially with my area rug.

Using these simple adhesive silkscreen techniques, accessories such as glass plates or vases can be transformed to suit your taste, creating exciting, fresh décor that bring ho-hum pieces to life!

My new experience in painting glass was exciting!  The hand painted plate is a wonderful compliment to my home décor.  I'm going to enjoy making many more to add to my plate collection.

Take a little time to enjoy!

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  1. Those are pretty! I have never done anything like this, pinning for my someday project! :)

  2. Gail, WHAT? This is amazing. I absolutely love your stuff and now I saw the owl over at The Dedicated House and it's so darn CUTE!!!!! YOU are amazing. Your friend, Linda

  3. I can't believe it was that easy and they turned out so delicate. I do not need another craft, but this one is tempting. I love gingko trees, too. Our town has them planted for two blocks on both sides of the street.

  4. Very nice! I'd love for you to add this to my link up party "Friday Follow Along Party"

  5. These are so lovely Gail. I'm so amazed by all the different crafts you do. You're so talented!

  6. Wow, looks really amazing! Love this tablescape :-)

  7. Gail they're beautiful, 200million years old wow!! What a stunning leaf

  8. So pretty and unique. Thank you for bringing this to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. I have never tried silk screen printing, but you make me want to! I have some dried ginko leaves. They are so beautiful and they look lovely on your plates!


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