One of my favorite parts about developing our new Martha Stewart Glass Paint line was creating fun crafts while exploring new techniques. I had been inspired by Emily, another designer in the craft department, to create stunning marbled effects with our glass paint. Because our paint is dishwasher safe, I thought it would be a great entertaining idea to make marbled glassware, like the one we created here.
The best thing about this craft is that it is very easy and free-form; you can try it many ways and still achieve beautiful results. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make your own marbleized tumbler.
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Transparent Texture Paint in Bluebonnet
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Transparent Texture Paint in Bright Sky
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Transparent Texture Paint in Meringue
- Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Transparent Texture Paint in Crystal Clear
- Fill Medium (and included empty refillable 2 oz. bottle)
- Paper cups or bowls for mixing
- Spoons for mixing
- Stenciling Tape
- Glass surface for crafting
Begin by preparing your glass surface by washing it in warm soap and water, then using rubbing alcohol to ensure that all remaining residue is removed. After it is washed and dried, begin by taping off an area 1 inch from the lip of the glass to ensure food-safety. This will create your paintable area.
A marbleized surface is achieved by allowing paints of different colors to flow together and “marble” on the surface being painted. To get your paint to a flowing consistency, take a Gloss Transparent Texture paint color of your choice, remove the fine tip top and seal, and squeeze a generous amount into a bowl or paper cup.
Take the fill medium and add a 1:1 proportion of paint to medium into the cup.
Begin to mix the two liquids together, stirring gently to prevent bubbles from being created. Stir until completely mixed and your paint coats your spoon but also pours from it easily. Repeat with all the remaining colors.
After your paint has been mixed, you can either pour it into the empty refillable 2 0z. bottle for ease of application or work with a spoon straight from your mixing vessel in the following steps.
Using a color of your choice, squeeze from bottle and pour directly onto the surface of the glass in sections of varying sizes, turning glass you work and alternating colors to achieve the desired marbleized effect.
Set your wet piece on an elevated surface and allow it to dry for several hours. I like to use the cap of a glass paint bottle to rest my glass. As you can see, the glass looks very opaque when it is wet (left), but will transform into a transparent effect when completely dry (right). When you glass is completely dry, take an xacto blade and run it along the edge of your tape to release it and along the bottom of your glass to clean up any edges. Here is the completed project:
All of our glass paints have the same curing instructions as our original craft line. And though we mixed a fill medium into the paint to achieve this effect, the curing instructions remain intact. You can either let it air cure for 21 days on its own, or you can oven cure it. When oven curing, make sure your piece is completely dry before setting it in the oven. Be careful to not allow any painted surfaces to be resting or touching anything while in the oven and start with your piece in a cool oven before turning it up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and baking for 30 minutes. Allow your piece to cool completely before handling.
I hope you all fall in love with this technique as much as I have!
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