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
Get the pattern here.
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!
Basil Bottle: Painting on Jars
- Liner shader & small scruffy brush
- Micron black craft pen
- Acrylic matte spray
- Crackle medium
- Forest Green
- Antique White
- Leaf Green
- Georgia Clay
- Base coat surface with 1 coat of Forest Green.
- Following directions on the crackle medium bottle, apply one good coat of crackle. Allow to dry until tacky (20-45 minutes).
- Paint over the crackle with Antique White. Paint will begin to crackle within a matter of minutes. let this dry completely, overnight is best.
- 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.
- Trace pattern of plant and outer decoration onto painted rectangle.
- Paint “Basil” with Georgia Clay and outer edge decoration with Forest Green.
- 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.
- Sign your work! Spray completed project with 2-3 coats of acrylic spray sealer (matte) according to directions on can.