Love new innovative craft ideas? I found a way to create faux stained glass using only acrylic paint and glue!
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This project is relatively child friendly and a page from a coloring book can be used for your pattern along with an 8×10 photo frame. Or, you can use a large sheet of glass and draw out a detailed pattern.
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For this project I used:
One framed picture covered with glass
One bottle of white glue
One bottle of clear glue
Black Sharpie pen
Peacock pattern (or page from a coloring book)
Clear acrylic spray sealant
Start by drawing out your pattern in the same size as your sheet of glass. I love the color blue and lately, I have been drawing peacocks. Why? I have no idea, but they are being incorporated in several projects this month.
I checked the Chinese calendar to see if maybe this was the year of the peacock, and it turned out to be the year of the rabbit. So apparently, I’m just kinda weird. But peacock it is.
I took my thrift store find apart, and set aside the frame for later. Spray the glass with clear acrylic spray. This is important as it gives the paint and glue something to adhere to.
Lay the sheet of glass over the pattern.
Take the bottle of white glue and dump just a small bit out so that there is room to add color to it. Add about a teaspoon of black acrylic paint and stir it with a wooden dowel. Add enough black paint to make a solid color. You will be surprised, but it doesn’t take a ton of paint to change your white glue to black. Then put the glue nozzle back on. The glue is now ready for the next step.
Carefully squeeze the glue onto the glass, following the lines of your pattern. Try not to have shaky hand syndrome like I do, but even if you do, it can be fixed.
Once all of the lines have been drawn in, allow it to sit overnight to dry completely.
Once it is dry, you can go over it with a craft blade and correct any shaky lines or errors.
For the next step, use a small muffin tin to mix up your colors. Use about a tablespoon of clear glue to one or two drops of acrylic paint. You will be surprised at how easy it is to add pigment to clear glue.
Use a blunt paintbrush and add your colors where you want them. Put it on thickly and be sure to get your colored glue all the way up to the edges of the black lines. Take your time and if you see any air bubbles in the glue, use a toothpick to pop them.
For a variegated marbled look, add a color to each side of a section and push them together with your brush, mixing them in the middle. Allow the entire project to dry overnight.
The final step is to do some touch-up with the sharpie pen on the leading where paint may be overlapped. If you are neat to begin with, you might be able to skip this step. I’m not neat. So my friend, the sharpie, was put to use.
I painted the frame a deep blue and re-framed the glass. This can sit in a windowsill where the sunlight can shine through, or you can hang it on a wall. Either way, it turns out pretty decent and costs just pennies. And looks just as good as those expensive stained glass paints that you can buy at the craft store.
Edited: One suggestion for this project is to finish it with a coat of clear acrylic spray sealant in order to protect it.
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