At the end of last year I broke my favorite glass apple candy jar. The top shattered all over my classroom and I shed tears because it was a gift from a student. I wanted to get a new jar, but I couldn't find the exact one so I decided that I would go to Michael's, buy a jar, then buy glass paint (which I now know is called enamel paint), and create my own jar. $50 worth of supplies later, I was ready to make my first attempt.
I sat down to paint and my lack of experience settled in. I had just planned to write my name and then put polka dots around it. First, I spilled paint all over one of my favorite dresses (which came out, thank goodness). Then, I decided half way through that I hated the colors. Do you know what the great thing about enamel paint is? If you haven't let it dry/baked it yet, it will wipe right off! Wooohooo! Attempt #1 and after 2 hours, I was back where I started and in need of more paint. I decided that I should wait another day before I went back to Michael's.
The next day, back at Michael's, I bought four new paints, a new brush, a stencil, and a stylus (which turned out to be the best investment of all). I also had a brand new idea! I, the teacher with a total lack of artistic ability who is known for my awesome stick figures, would draw an owl on the jar! Feel free to insert your laugh here. Now, I don't want you to think that I actually thought I could draw an owl. Oh no, I was smart enough to print a cute graphic out, tape it on the inside of the glass and get to work. I mean, that's basically tracing with a stylus, right?
I have a shaky hand. There's no reason for it, as I don't even drink caffeine, but I always have had trouble steadying my hand. Needless to say, this was a challenge. 2 1/2 hours and 100 q-tips for wiping up my mistakes later, I was finished! I've never been so happy to throw a piece of glass in the oven! My owl came out far from perfect, but you can bet that I am going to love that jar with all of my life now. It's times like these that I think about all of those great blog posts that make crafting look so easy and wonder...who are these people and why can't I be crafty like them? One day, one day...
As a side note, when my owl was finished my jar was sitting on the kitchen counter. It wasn't until it got dark that I realized that you can't really see the outline so from some angles my jar just looks like eyeballs and a belly, but hey, it's finished and it's now filled with Hershey's Kisses, one of my least favorite candies. Why fill a candy jar with candy I don't like? Well, a candy jar with candy I like would never be full at all! :-)
Here's my wonderful jar in all of it's lack of artistic talent goodness. I filled it with cotton balls so that you could actually see (and feel free to chuckle) my completed project.
My shaky-hand owl jar!
Oh yes, I got the name on there too!
Two sides got dots. What...you didn't think I was going to try more than one owl, did you?
I don't know why it didn't dawn on me that black might not be the best idea. Lesson learned!
Perhaps maybe purple next time.
I don't want you all to think that this will deter me from any attempts in the future. Deep down, I know I am crafty. I think I can, I think I can...