My Glass Painting Attempt...I Think I Can, I Think I Can

I mentioned in a recent post that I'm not crafty, but I'd like to be. Last summer, I found that I am GREAT with duct tape as I attempted a Mailbox Makeover and I found out that Repainting Chairs was a far larger project than I had ever imagined. Since my husband was deployed to Afghanistan at the time I had a lot of time on my hands, and I had to fill that time with busy work, and those projects definitely helped! Since I hadn't tried anything in awhile and one of my new teammates is an amazing crafter, I was inspired to at least attempt something this summer. And so the idea began...

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...





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  1. As long as it's filled with candy, it's a winner in my book! And I predict that you will smile with satisfaction whenever you see it. :) ~Deb
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    1. You're right on both accounts! :-)

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  2. I feel your pain. I WANT to be a DIY-er but get so frustrated when things don't turn out like I expect. I will say, though, that your owl is cute. So maybe we all need to be a bit easier on ourselves?

    Though I can't keep chocolate around. I just eat it. :/ This breaks the first secret law of teacher library school. "Have chocolate for the classroom teachers. They'll be more amenable to working with you." ;)

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    1. My owl is certainly growing on me! I think you are right, the chances of anything turning out perfect the first time are pretty slim. Don't we learn by mistakes we make? I bet my next owl will be even better!

      I don't do solid chocolate, which makes Hershey's Kisses easy to avoid. However, if this were filled with peanut butter cups, they'd be gone in a week, and so would my waistline! LOL

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  3. Awww, it looks great! Good on you for giving it a try - I am sure you will look at it with pride in your classroom!

    Alison

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    1. It will definitely make me smile, and we all need that once in awhile, don't we? :-)

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