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Martha Stewart Crafts Birds and Branches Silkscreened Bowls and Plates

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
Capture the elegance of painted birds and branches quickly and easily using Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints and Adhesive Silkscreens. Embellish by adding a painted dot trim using the writer tip of the paint bottle!
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Supplies

PLAID Supplies
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Opaque Glass Paint - Greek Tile
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Opaque Glass Paint - Chestnut Brown
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Pearl Opaque Glass Paint - Fruit Punch
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Pearl Opaque Glass Paint - Mother of Pearl
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Transparent Glass Paint - Polar Blue
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Spray Paint Kit
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Silkscreen - Birds and Branches
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Squeegee Set, 2pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Paint Dauber and Roller Set, 6pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Patterning Tape
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Other Supplies
Assorted ceramic or glass plates
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Rubbing alcohol
Foam plate
Scissors
Surfaces of choice

Instructions

Instructions for Bird Plates and Bowls
1.    Using the spray paint system, you can turn any plain white china into a decorative piece.  Remember to paint only the outside of a bowl or food vessel that will be used with food.  For decorative purposes only, you may spray the front surface of a plate.

2.    Try layering designs such as adding a bird on the branch.  NOTE:  Be sure to allow ample drying and curing time before layer designs as you may lift your design.

3.    Accent branches with dots of color to create painted berries.

4.    Embellish a bowl or rim with painted dots using the writer tip of a bottle cap.

Preparation Instructions:
1.     Wash glass in warm soapy water to thoroughly clean; rinse well and allow to dry.

2.    Moisten paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe over cleaned glass to remove any remaining dirt, grease or soap film.  Allow to dry.

3.    Using scissors, cut silkscreen designs apart following printed division lines.

4.    Peel silkscreen from backing sheet; set backing aside and save for silkscreen storage.

5.    Position silk screen on glass surface where desired; press in place.

Silkscreen Painting Instructions:
Apply paint through silkscreen using either the Squeegee Tool Technique or the Foam Pouncer Tool Technique.

Squeegee Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto solid edge of silkscreen.  Holding squeegee tool at a 45° angle with light pressure, pull the paint across the opening of the silkscreen.  Continue painting until the entire design area has been silkscreened.  Set squeegee aside in container of water for cleaning.  While paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the glass surface.  NOTE:  Be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.

Foam Pouncer Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto foam plate.  Load the flat bottom edge of the foam pouncer with glass paint by dabbing into the puddle of paint.  Dab a few times more on a clean spot on the foam plate to ensure you have the entire foam pouncer loaded properly.  Holding the foam pouncer as you would a pencil, begin dabbing straight up and down over the opening of the silkscreen.  Continue painting until the entire design area has been painted.  Set foam pouncer aside in container of water for cleaning.  While paint is still wet, neatly and carefully lift silkscreen by peeling away from the glass surface.  NOTE:  Be careful not to drag silkscreen while removing it as your painted design may be blurred.

1.    Continue adding silkscreen design over glass surface until desired effect is achieved.  NOTE:  When repeating a design, it is best to clean the silkscreen between uses by rinsing in water and allowing the silkscreen to dry thoroughly.
2.    Set completed project aside for 1 hour to thoroughly dry.

Curing Instructions:
All glass surfaces painted with Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints should be cured to increase the paint’s durability on glass or ceramic surfaces.  Follow either the Bake to Cure Technique or the Air Cure Technique. 

Bake to Cure Technique – Set dry silkscreened glassware into cool oven.  Set oven to 350°F and bake for 30 minutes.  Glass must heat gradually with the oven to avoid breakage.  Do NOT place glass in a hot oven.  After 30 minutes, turn the oven off.  Allow glass to cool completely in oven.  Wait 72 hours before using.  NOTE:  Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.
 
Air Cure Technique – Air dry completed project for 21 days before using.  NOTE:  Glitter Glass Paints should not be baked to cure; only use air cure technique when painting with glitter paints.


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