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Martha Stewart Crafts Snowflake Mugs

By: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis was destined to be an artist…at least that was what she was told from Kindergarten on. Born outside of Cleveland, Ohio, she was blessed to have been given an incredible art education all through her school years and from her creative and talented parents. Growing up in a world where every day brought some new creative adventure, it was no surprise that she went on to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Her professional life included working in many fields from industrial advertising to American Greetings. Most gratifying was working as a designer for the largest craft company, Plaid Enterprises in Georgia where she now resides.She paints and creates felt soft sculptures inspired by said paintings and now sells them through her shop STELLALOLA on Etsy. She is inspired by many things around her…most importantly, a wonderful family, an insanely happy German Shepherd and one stoic Alaskan Malamut.
Create the delicate look of intricate snowflakes quickly and easily using Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints and Adhesive Silkscreens.
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Supplies

PLAID Supplies
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Opaque Glass Paint - Pool
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Gloss Opaque Glass Paint - Wedding Cake
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Fine Glitter Translucent Glass Paint - Sterling
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Silkscreen - Snowflakes
  • 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
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Rubbing alcohol
Foam plate
Scissors
Coffee mugs
Tray

Instructions

Preparation:
Thoroughly wash ceramics in warm soapy water; rinse well and dry. Moisten paper towel with rubbing alcohol and wipe cleaned ceramics to remove any residue. Allow to dry.

Project Painting Instructions:
1.    For the mugs, use Glass Patterning tape plus Pool and the Spray System to create the color band. Apply tape around the top part of the mug; mix the Pool paint as directed on the Spray System package. Apply color, and let dry completely before continuing.

2.    Use Wedding Cake and the Spray System to paint the tray.

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

4.    Peel silkscreen from backing sheet; save backing for later silkscreen storage.

5.    Position silkscreen on surface where desired; press in place.

6.    Use Wedding Cake to silkscreen designs on the mugs following the General Silkscreen Painting instructions.

7.    Use Sterling to silkscreen designs on the tray following the General Silkscreen Painting Instructions.

8.    After silkscreening the designs, create dot details using paint straight from the bottle.


General Silkscreen Painting Instructions:
Apply paint through silkscreen using either the Squeegee Tool or Foam Pouncer 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 has been silkscreened.  Place squeegee in water container to clean. While paint is still wet, carefully peel away silkscreen from the project.  Be careful not to drag the silkscreen to avoid smudging the painted design.

Foam Pouncer Tool Technique – Squeeze a small amount of paint onto foam plate.  Load the flat edge of the pouncer with paint by dabbing into the puddle of paint.  Dab a few times more on a clean spot on the foam plate to ensure the pouncer is loaded properly.  Holding the pouncer like a pencil, dab straight up and down over the silkscreen opening. Continue until the entire design has been painted.  Place pouncer in water container to clean.  

Continue silkscreening designs until desired effect is achieved.  NOTE:  When repeating a design, it is best to clean the silkscreen between uses. Rinse in water and allow the silkscreen to dry thoroughly.

Set completed project aside for 1 hour to thoroughly dry.

Curing Instructions:
Projects painted with Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paints should be cured to increase the paint’s durability.  Follow either the Bake to Cure or Air Cure Technique.  Note: Use only the air cure technique when using glitter paints. Glitter paints should not be baked.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.