HAND-PAINTED GLASS­WARE

Country Living (UK) - - Craft -

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.

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