Hi everyone! I have seen others paint on glass vases, so I decided to try this idea out and see what happens. I am in LOVE with this matching vase and canvas set! This is such a great gift-giving idea for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Weddings, Birthdays, Holiday gifts…
I created this step-by-step tutorial to show you how I created my matching vase and canvas set. I include links to the products I used along with photos and a video to help guide you on your way. Please send me photos of the vase you created and let me know if you used different techniques. I LOVE to see what others create and learn from them as well.
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VIDEO: MATCHING VASE AND CANVAS SET
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- Glass Vase: I purchased my vase at my local Dollar Tree for $1!
- Artist’s Loft Neon Pink
- Artist’s Loft Red
- CraftSmart Glorious Gold: No longer available, I recommend using your favorite metallic gold acrylic paint!
- Styrofoam Block
- Elmers Glue-All
- Parchment Paper
- Rust-Oleum Gloss Crystal Clear Enamel
- Dixie Cups
- Stir Sticks
- 8-ounce cup
RECIPES FOR PAINT AND POURING MEDIUM
Paint Recipe: 2-parts Pouring Medium to 1-part Paint (add more paint or more pouring medium as needed.)
Pouring Medium Recipe: 3-parts Floetrol, 2-parts Elmer’s Glue-All, and 1-part Water
TIP: When mixing the paint and pouring medium, it is important to make sure you are scraping the sides and the bottom of the cup.
Let’s get started! Create your pouring medium by mixing the ingredients listed above. Then, decide which colors you would like to use and set out enough 3-ounce dixie cups and stir sticks to mix your paint. Using the paint recipe above, mix your paint. I recommend that your paint be a little heavier, like heavy cream than the usual paint mix. I find that this helps the paint cover the vase and retain detail.
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Now that the paint is mixed, it is time to start layering the paint in an 8-ounce cup. You can layer the colors in any order you desire. I recommend not “dumping” the paint colors into the 8-ounce cup. Instead, slowly pour the color down the side of the cup. This method creates beautiful layers of paint and helps prevent colors from becoming “muddy” because of unintentional mixing.
Now it is time to put the glass vase on top of the canvas. Because the vase weights it, I like to support my canvas with a Styrofoam block underneath it so the canvas does not sag.
Place the vase upside down and set it on top of an 8-ounce plastic cup. Place the vase and the cup in the center of the canvas.
The Styrofoam block will support the vase and the canvas while you pour the paint on the vase.
I like to add white or black paint to the vase before I add the color. This helps the colored paint “grip” the vase.
When you are ready, start pouring the paint on the vase in any technique you decide, making sure you use the entire 8-ounce cup of paint. I like the Tree Ring technique because it creates rings of color the transform into lines of color when the vase has dried.
You will notice that the rings will grow, and the paint will drip onto the canvas. This is perfect and exactly what we want!
After you have poured all of the paint onto the vase, wait a few minutes for the paint to slow down. Once it has slowed, remove the vase and its cup holder from the canvas and set them aside. Now it is time to TILT the paint on the canvas.
When tilting the canvas, go slow and work to cover the sides and the edges. Once that is complete, set the canvas on a level surface and let it dry. I let my vase and canvas dry for 3 days. I can tell when my canvas has dried through when the canvas’s back is not heavy and cool to the touch.
SEALING AND FINISHING
BAKE YOUR VASE!
While researching how to water-proof my vase with acrylic paint, I learned about baking. At first, I thought, “what???” but after researching more, I found that this was an ideal way to have a water-resistant art glass piece that would not take away from the design. Baking acrylic paint on glass is actually a lot easier than I thought.
Place the vase on an 8″ baking pan lined with Parchment paper. Place vase and pan in a cold oven. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and then bake for 30 minutes. You will notice a heavy odor during baking. Make sure you have proper ventilation in your room for safety. After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the vase cool inside the oven. (I left mine in the oven overnight.)
SPRAYING YOUR VASE
The next day, after the vase has completely cooled, I sprayed the vase with two coats of Rust-Oleum Gloss Crystal Clear Enamel. I put the vase back on the cup I originally used to paint my vase and place it outside on my table.
I spray the vase up and down all around the vase and the side-to-side. I let that dry and then do it again. If needed, I will do another coat, but usually, two coats work well.
Spraying the vase with the Rust-Oleum Gloss Crystal Clear Enamel does not make the vase water-proof or water-resistant. Spraying the vase does offer some protection from water, but it mainly creates a crystal clear gloss finish that brightens the acrylic paint colors and gives it that “WOW” effect. When you BAKE your acrylic paint pouring vase and then SPRAY your vase, you have created a water-resistant, super shiny gift that will be appreciated and loved for years to come!