Thursday, January 21, 2010
Glass Etching is my New Jam
Glass etching may very well be the easiest craft of all time. That being the case no plain glass surface in my house is now safe. Drinking Glasses, picture frames and vases are not only abundant at the thrift store if you look hard enough you probably have tons around your house begging for a face lift. The hardest part is finding cute stencils to use. Luckily I Love to Create just came out with an all new line of stencils called Tulip Fashion Graffiti which made my life a lot easier.
Tulip Fashion Graffiti Stencils
Aleene's Tack-It Over and Over Glue
I decided to raid my own stash of picture frames and glasses, a little up-cycling never hurt anyone. Once you choose your stencil apply Aleene's Tack-It Over and Over to back side and attach the stencil to your glass surface. The glue will hold your stencil in place long enough to apply your Etching Medium. All you do is apply the medium to your surface, allow to sit for 5 minutes and rinse. Now that is what I call a quickie craft!
I used this fun car stencil on an old picture frame. I put two pieces of paper in the frame one black and one leopard print for a trim.
Some stencils come already sticky like this one with a guitar and lightening bolt which makes things that much easier. One word of warning is be sure to get a thick coat of the etching medium onto your surface.
Lotta Jansdotter has a fantastical new kit out called Lotta's Printing Studio Tools, Projects, and Inspiration for Five DIY Printing Techniques. The book comes with not only adorable stencils like this one I used on a mirror of two birds and an apple but also carving tools so you can make your own stamps.
You have seen me use Ed Roth's amazing stencils to make my own fabric, applique a skirt and even as a baby shower activity. This sassy lady from Stencil 101 begged to be etched onto a frame. I mounted a piece of hot pink felt behind her. Another tip, solid darker color backgrounds work better than light colors and prints.
I'm debating on etching some of the larger wall stencils from Ed Roth's Stencil 101 Decor: Customize Walls, Floors, and Furniture with Oversized Stencil Art onto my sliding glass doors. From time to time birds don't realize it's glass and run into the doors and maybe this would help them. Has anyone ever etched a large surface?