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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Technique Tuesday

I have been in several groups, and I am always amazed at people who have been painting for a while (no, I am not talking about those who are new to the medium), who ask, “how did you paint on that surface?”


BUT then, I snap myself back into reality, and realize, IF you don’t know, YOU don’t know!

Now, with that being said, I am also amazed at those same people who keep asking the same question~~especially since there is this wonderful tool called GOOGLE… (or even Pinterest)

Have you met Google?  ROFL…she is my constant companion!  ROFL

BUT then, I again, snap myself back into reality, because I have NO CLUE what is going on in that person’s life.  I have no idea of the possible struggles going on in their life.  Sit down for this next statement (I will hum the JEOPARDY theme as I wait…) OK~~I TOO, ask dumb questions on occasions~ ~ GASP!!!!!  (I know…I will hum the JEOPARDY theme again, as I wait for you to recover)…. AND then, there are some people who just ask instead of searching…

It is OK, because we are ALL different and we MUST, somehow, learn to all live together!

A Chris Haughey Design

Now, with that being said, I am NOT going to snap myself back into reality for having mean thoughts for those people who paint, who ASK if a painted tea kettle or tea pot or knife, or serving spoon can be used after it has been painted…NOT going to happen…I cannot make myself understand THAT thinking!

Baby steps, charlotte, baby steps…

Since I am one that tries to LIVE her own words, I want to be a SOLUTION instead of one who sits and points out PROBLEMS.  My initial intent when I got onto FB was to share the many things I had learned, but who knows WHAT twists and turns that road has taken…I am giving myself a much needed break from that journey…LOL

So, I want to share just a bit about painting a SLICK surface.

Surfaces are basically divided into SLICK surfaces and Wooden Surfaces.  Slick covers an object that paint will easily slide off if it is not properly prepared.  Some slick surfaces are~~glass, plastic, and metal.

When you have a SLICK surface, you must prepare it in some way to give the paint “tooth” to allow it to stick to the surface.

Now, this is where I have problems with painters.  IF you have a GLASS surface, it is a glass surface.  All glass surfaces must have a TOOTH to help the paint stick or it MUST be painted with a paint that is designed specifically for glass.  It doesn’t matter if it is a small glass candle holder or a large window…glass is glass!

There are so many different ways to achieve this “tooth” and anyone who paints for any length of time on different surfaces, develops their favorite method, so I think this is where the confusion starts for painters…they want to KNOW what someone else does.  We are often looking for an easy way to do things, and there is nothing wrong with that.

I want to share just a few options to HELP you become confident in your knowledge.

One of my most FAVORITE products to use is DecoArt Paint Adhesion Medium.  You mix the product in a 50:50 ratio with the paint.  This bottle was painted using this product.  It took several coats to get a good coverage, but it did and the paint sticks!  I applied two coats with the mix, and then added coats of straight paint until it was covered like I wanted.  This pattern was in www.paintingezine.com last year, if you are interested!

DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint is absolutely one of my most favorite paints to use as a background on ANY surface, especially if you want the piece to have a cottage chic or primitive feel to the piece.  Again, it will take several coats, but it leaves a smooth surface.  You must be careful when using ANY paint when painting on glass, because it will easily scrap off, until it has properly cured or been properly sealed.

Just a note about what to call this paint:  The term “Chalk Paint” belongs to a specific paint, and yes, they have sued others who have used the term, so be careful what you call this…The same is true of the term “shabby chic”…it is OWNED by someone out there…I know…all together now~~heavy sigh! =)

DecoArt also makes Chalky Finish for Glass that must be baked in the oven.  I painted this vase that was saved from my Daddy’s funeral.  Yes, I intended to remove some of the paint to give it an old, time-worn look.  This was so simple.  The hard part was waiting the four days to cure before I baked it!

DecoArt Multi Surface Satins are another option for painting on glass.

These glasses were painted with the product.  Be sure to follow the directions on the bottle for applying  AND for cleaning the items.

Another method is to spray paint  your surface with either an Auto Primer or with a FLAT spray paint.  I have used this on dozens of items.  This is a great way to prepare your dominoes~~you can spray a dozen at a time!!  I have used this method for painting  glasses and tea pots.  This Rust Preventive Spray Enamel from the Dollar General Store is one of my favorites!

Lots of people use Frosting Spray, especially those who paint lots of the glass blocks.  It worked fine, but PERSONALLY, I got a weird feeling of insecurity when the spray came off as I was painting it.  I have a FB friend who paints hundreds of blocks this way and has had no problem…I am certain that our humidity in Middle Tennessee might have had something to do with it coming off as I painted…so, I trust Lori!

this was the back of the glass..

My favorite product to use to paint backgrounds on glass blocks is DecoArt Frosted Gloss Enamels…you can’t beat it!  It can be painted on with a brush or pounced on with a sponge.

I hope this will give you a few ideas to HELP you understand there is more than one way to “paint a glass”…Try it…Oh, and there are LOTS more ways, but I am tired of typing and THINKING…LOL

Here is a simple line drawing that I used to paint a domino…put a magnet on the back and give it away as a Random Act of Kindness…our world is HURTING for kindness…Be a reason for people to SMILE instead of being a person who incites people to complain!  It is your choice…

To save, simply click on the picture of the line drawing, right click and choose SAVE TO COMPUTER…I have no clue what size it will print, but just resize it as you wish…It would make a really cute sign, too!  Add a background, another flower or two, another bee and ladybug…You are more than welcome to paint it as you wish, please just don’t claim it as your own, because, well, that “ain’t nice” and we sure do want to play nice!

I am simply Blessed to create~~charlotte♡


  1. Love your tutorials...........makes me want to TRY to paint :)

  2. Great suggestions!!! I'm with you on Google. One team that i'm on, will say to me things like - "I knew you'd find the answer." I just reply, "If all else fails, Goggle it!" lol.

  3. Love love all your tips. Thank you! I love to use spary primer on my glass jars. Its easier for me and i am with you on Google! I Google everything.


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