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Calligraphy Flourishes Silkscreen Projects

By: Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
Sherrie Ragsdale
I have always loved to draw and paint but I didn't really throw myself into it until after I had my first son.  I wanted to be a stay at home mom and at the same time be able to decorate the new home we had just purchased. I taught myself how to use power tools and began to build furniture which I would paint and sometimes sell.  What was once a hobby became a new part-time career which I feel so blessed to be able to do.
Capture the elegance of painted scrolls and swirls 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

Martha Stewart Crafts ® Dauber Set
Item #32946
Use daubers for small, hard to reach areas of stencils or adhesive silkscreens. Pouncing or swirling techniques create a soft texture. Use them to apply paint in an up-and-down dabbing motion, a technique that works well on most surfaces. Contains 6 daubers: 2-1/4in., 1-3/8in., 1-1/2in. and 2-3/4in.


Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Silkscreen - Calligraphy Flourishes
Item #33246
Use adhesive silkscreens to create beautiful, highly detailed painted designs on glass or ceramic. Contains 1 adhesive sheet 8 1/2in x 11in, 12 designs, and instructions. Patented.


Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Squeegee Set, 2pc
Item #33250
Use squeegees with Martha Stewart Crafts ® adhesive silkscreens and glass paint to create beautiful, detailed designs on glass and ceramic housewares and gifts. The four sided squeegee is ideal for flat, large surfaces. The curved, tapered squeegee works best on contoured, smaller surfaces. Contains two sizes for any project: 1-3 1/2in x 4 1/2in and 1-3 3/8in x 2 3/8in silicone squeegees. 2 total.


Martha Stewart Crafts ® Glass Patterning Tape
Item #33255
Create plaids, stripes, checkerboards, and one-of-a-kind patterns with glass patterning tape. Low-tack, repositionable adhesive lets you adjust placement of tape without damaging your surface. Works on any clean, smooth surface. Contains 15 yd x 1in roll.


Other Supplies
Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Frost Translucent Glass Paint - Wedding Cake
Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Frost Translucent Glass Paint - Root Beer Float
Martha Stewart Crafts ® 2oz Frost Translucent Glass Paint - Bubble Gum
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Rubbing alcohol
Foam plate
Scissors

Instructions

Calligraphy Project Instructions:

1.    Measure and tape around a glass vessel to create a painted Root Beer Float Frost Transparent border.  Using a pouncer tool, apply the band of color using a dabbing up and down motion.  Apply a second coat if a stronger color is desired.

2.    Silkscreen scrollwork Bubblegum and Wedding Cake Opaque.

3.    Embellish a 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:
1.    Tape off using the Patterning Tape.  Using the Foam Pouncer, paint the glass with Frost Translucent Wedding cake.  Allow to dry completely.
2.     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.

3.     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.

4.    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.
 

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.

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