Freehand-painted daisies add bright decoration to pieces of inexpensive glassware. You will find that they cast pretty shadows when the light shines through.
YOU WILL NEED Sheets of scrap paper Small pointed paintbrushes Pebeo Vitrail Opale glass paint in ocean blue, red and sun yellow (available from pullingers.com) Glass jug and tumblers (available from wilko.com) Sheets of kitchen paper
1 Using the glass paint and paintbrush – one for each colour or clean a single brush with turpentine and re-use for all colours – practise painting simple daisy flowers onto a piece of paper with petals arranged in a circle. Dip the brush in the bottle of paint, pressing it against the inside lip of the neck to remove the excess, as it can be quite runny in consistency. 2 Once you’ve perfected your technique, start painting the jug. Holding it by the handle and starting under the rim on the neck, begin to paint the petals of the daisies. Use one colour at a time, painting all the blue daisies, the red and then the yellow together each time. Make sure you evenly space the first flowers so you can fit different-coloured ones in between. You may find you need to paint the jug in sections to allow parts to dry to avoid any smudging. 3 Once all the petals are dry, paint three dots inside the centre of each daisy in a different colour to the petals. I used red dots in the yellow daisies and yellow dots in the red and blue ones. If you find the paint runs, firmly wipe the jug with a small piece of kitchen paper. It may help to tilt the jug to avoid the paint running. 4 Once dry, add evenly sized dots around the rim on the neck of the jug and leave to dry. 5 If desired, you can also paint a selection of tumblers in the same way to match. It’s best to start the pattern 2cm below the rim where your lip will touch the glass.