Several years ago, when I still owned my craft store in Richmond, IL, I used to paint on jars and bottles. A LOT. Glass jars make a fabulous canvas. The surface is smooth, and as long as you follow a few simple guidelines, the paint won’t peel. You’ll have a fabulous accent for your home, or a wonderful painted package for gifts. I used to display these with a little votive jar with a candle in it.
This particular project was recycled into a vase from a bottle of barbecue sauce. I’m going to give you the pattern, so you can paint this on a bottle, jar, piece of wood, whatever your heart desires. I found the pattern on one of my craft shelves in my basement. I have a big stack of different ones I’ll share here. These were patterns that were left over when I closed my store and I have forgotten that I even had them! This pattern seems very fitting, considering how into cooking I am now. ;)
Simply Basil Vase
designed and copyrighted by Amanda Formaro
Liner, shader & small scruffy brush
Micron black craft pen
Acrylic matte spray
(all colors are Delta Ceramcoat)
1. Base coat surface with 1 coat of Forest Green.
2. Following directions on the crackle medium bottle, apply one good coat of crackle. Allow to dry until tacky (20-45 minutes).
3. Paint over the crackle with Antique White. Paint will begin to crackle within a matter of minutes. let this dry completely, overnight is best.
4. Trace outline of pattern (the rectangle) and paint inside with White. You may need two coats if the crackle shows through too much. Allow to dry completely.
5. trace pattern of plant and outer decoration onto painted rectangle.
6. Paint “Basil” with Georgia Clay and outer edge decoration with Forest Green.
7. Paint entire plant using Leaf Green, shade leaves and stems with Forest Green. Using a dry scruffy brush, dip bristles in Forest Green and dab off excess onto a paper towel or rag. Pounce onto areas where blooms are. Clean out brush and repeat the loading process with White paint and lightly highlight leaf edges. use a toothpick or a stylus to dot on White onto the blossoms.
8. Sign your work! Spray completed project with 2-3 coats of acrylic spray sealer (matte) according to directions on can.
TIP: If you are painting on jars, you can prepare your surface by washing the jar, completely removing all labels and glue, then giving the jar a rinse in white vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Allow the first coat of base coat to dry COMPLETELY before attempting a second coat!