Working with glass has so many possibilities. One can make tinted glass, frosted glass, painted glass, beads on glass and so forth. Below are pictures of two painted plates I completed this week.
For this plate I first painted with Tulip brand fabric Diamond sparkle paint to give the plate a slightly frosted, slightly sparkly look. Then I used acrylic paints (white pearl and light blue) mixed with a small amount of textile medium to paint on the snowflake.
To make your own painted plate, use any clear glass plate. Place a printout of your desired design under the plate. Follow the lines with the paint. You may need two or three coats. Paint on the back of the plate if you wish to put food on the plate. When painting on the back, remember that what you paint first will show up on the front. If you paint something first and then decide to fix it up with something else, only the part you painted first will show on the inside of the plate. That is the tricky part because it means you need to get it right the first time. That makes it a little hard because you have to paint "backwards," that is you have to paint your "last" colors first. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but it is the best way I know how to explain it.
It will take several days for the paint to dry completely. While it is not advisable to submerse the plate in water, it can be cleaned with a damp cloth and warm soapy water and rinsed with a damp cloth wet with clean water.
When I did the snowflake plate, there were some shadows on the paper beneath the plate. Sometimes it was hard to tell which marks were shadows and which marks were printed. This resulted in a unique plate, but I think it still came out pretty.
The peppermint candy stripes plate was a little trickier. I used acrylic white gloss and red gloss paint mixed with a small amount of textile medium. I applied three coats of each color of paint, starting with white, and then a coat of clear craft varnish. For the center of the candy, I used white pearl paint. I thought it would look nice, but I think it would have looked better with just the plain white for the center. Somehow I accidentally got a little varnish on the edge of the inside of the plate. Will have to try a different technique to keep the varnish from getting under the edges. Anyway, here is a look at the plate.
Note: The picture was taken after applying the first two coats of paint. I applied one more coat after that.
Plastic Canvas Autumn Thanksgiving Picture:
There are many possibilities for plastic canvas as well. To make these, I first find a public domain picture that has no restrictions for use. This is then printed and placed under the piece of plastic canvas. Plastic canvas is somewhat transparent, so the picture can be seen through it. I then trace the outline of the picture with permanent marker and follow the picture as a guide.
This picture is 8x10. It is just waiting to be put in a frame and to have felt put on the back and a hook with which to hang it. The grapes in the picture are actually purple. They just showed up blue in the photo.