Monday, January 22, 2018

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Glass Paints on Canvas by Lynne

Hello and Happy Day everyone!  I am here today to share my monthly mixed media tutorial with all of you, one of my very favorite duties every month, and today I am sharing how I used my Pebeo glass paints with a stencil on a 5x7 board canvas to create this wonderful little piece that I can now pop into a frame (or not) and gift to someone special.

The steps are pretty simple, but the process takes a while as you need to allow the glass paints to dry and they do NOT like it if you try to quicken the process with a heat gun! (WARNING... heat and glass paints create fumes!!)  But if you give yourself the time to allow these paints to dry the results are spectacular.  So scroll down through all my photos to see how I created this wonderful piece...
 Begin by taping the stencil to the canvas and tracing the  shapes in pencil

Next, using Pebeo Cerne Relief, outline the shapes making sure there are no gaps in the lines, because you are creating cells to fill with product and you do not want any to leak out.

The Cerne Relief dries surprisingly quickly and in about 20 minutes you are ready to start filling those cells with color.  I am using a variety of Pebeo glass paints, The Vitrail is translucent and gives a stained glass effect, the Ceramic is opaque and looks like baked enamel and the Prisme and Moon paints dry to form a beautiful pounded metal effect... swoon...

As you can see I use a pretty simple method of dipping a wooden skewer into the paint and letting it run off the skewer into the cell... that's it, just be patient as the liquid is fairly thick and needs some time to move... it reminds me of when I was a kid and used to watch the molasses drip off the spoon... it's very therapeutic.

If I drip Prisme or Moon paint into a cell already filled with some Vitrail paint (the clear one), the Prisme or Moon paints rise to the surface and create these lovely, pounded metal effects...

This part of the process is one that cannot be rushed, and I just allowed myself to become lost in the process of creating until all the cells were filled... and now (I cannot stress this enough) LET IT DRY!  Overnight is probably the best and even then, if you are in a humid climate, it may still be tacky.  

Once the glass paints had dried I painted all around the heart shape with a matte black gesso.  Of course you can use black paint, but acrylic paints are glossy and I loved the effect of a matte (not shiny) background against the shiny, baked enamel-looking heart.
Next I painted in the heart shape using my Golden fluid acrylic gold paint, because I think Gold makes everything better,  don't you?

It was at this point that I decided the background was too plain so using some Dreamweaver bronze metallic paste and the Square City stencil I broke up the black background, and I did not worry too much about being perfect because I wanted a slightly messy, grungy look.
At this point was also when I decided that all the patterns in the cells was just too busy for me, so I filled them all in using the Pebeo Porcelaine paint pen in red and I liked the effect much more.

I added the sentiment using the "It's All About You" stamp set, which I stamped and heat embossed with a clear embossing powder so the glossy letters would go with the glossy  heart. 

 And finally I filled all the gold background with a layer of glitter so that heart sparkles from across the room!

It was really hard to get a good photo of all the shimmer and glitter and shiny bits of this canvas, but these two are not bad...

And finally for those of you that need to know, here are all the products I used on this project.

As always, thank you for popping by to see what I created to share with you this month, and if you are inspired by my tutorial to use your stencils, please do link up to the January Mixed Media Challenge where it is always anything goes except a card as long as you use a stencil, Any stencil.

for the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team

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  1. TFS your amazing creative process, Lynne. A true work of Gold and faux stained glass art! Hugs..

  2. Wow! This project looks amazing
    and sounds so interesting. I may like to try
    the glass paints sometime. Thanks for the great
    picture tutorial.

  3. WOWZERS! This is gorgeous! Thanks for the process details!


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