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Saturday, August 18, 2018
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Glass Marker Magic: Glass Painting

by Juliet Mascarenhas

This is an easy project, using glass paint markers and stencils. You can use your creativity to transform ordinary glassware into something special  for the home or as gifts. Purchase ordinary glass jars from superstores, or use empty tomato sauce,  jam or honey jars. Glass paint markers are available at most stationery shops or else you can purchase them at your local arts and crafts shop.

This Project requires basic drawing and painting skills. Even
very young children can participate in this activity.


1.  Glass jars or bowls or pitchers
2.  Permanent Colour glass marker pens in various colours

3.  Detergent to wash & a soft cloth to wipe the glass
4.  Paper stencils or drawings (not very essential)

5. Masking tape  to tape the stencil to the glass dish

NOTE:  It is easier to "free-hand" paint, rather than use  stencils because the surface of glass objects is not always flat. It is not easy to keep the stencils tight to the surface, which causes the paint to smudge around the edges, sometimes. Therefore tape the stencil (or a drawing) to the INSIDE of the glass and use it as a guide.


Wash the glass dish using a mild detergent. Rinse thoroughly. Dry using a soft cloth. 

2. Tape the stencil or drawing to the INSIDE of the glass dish and use it as a guide.

3. Use Glass Paint Markers to outline  your design. If you wish, you can fill in the outlines with colour for a fuller look. For an embossed look, add two or three coats, making sure to let each coat dry thorughly before the next application. For a transparent look, use only one thin layer of paint.

4. Let your painted glass dish dry overnight or sit at least for six hours before use.

NOTE:  Follow the directions carefully for the paint you are using with regard to drying and caring for your painted glass dish. Most glass markers are NOT FOOD SAFE! and hence should be used only on the outside surfaces of glassware that do not come in contact with food or liquid.

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