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Painted Bumblebees On Glass

In this project learn how to paint an adorable decorative bumblebee plate.

Project by Priscilla Hauser.

Materials and Tools:

tracing paper
5/8" stencil decor dauber
glass plate or tumbler
Folk Art glass & tile medium
Folk Art pearlizing medium
Loew-Cornell 7300 size 12 flat brush
Loew-Cornell 7350 size 1 liner brush
Folk Art acrylic artists pigments: titanium white, asphaltum, yellow medium, pure black, tuners yellow
Plaid Brush Basin
rubbing alcohol
dish detergent
wax-coated utility palette or wax paper
soft, absorbent rags or towels


1. Wash the glass surface with warm soapy water and dry well. Wipe off with rubbing alcohol.

2. Trace the pattern onto tracing paper. Cut out the bees and tape to the underside of the glass plate and on the inside of the tumbler if you are painting a matching glass.

3. Apply glass and tile medium to the design area only and let dry thoroughly. Let cure for three or four days before painting.

4. To paint the bee body: Fill the dauber with medium yellow. To remove excess paint, dab up and down many times on a rag — you don't want too much paint. Dab two times to form the upper and lower part of the body.

5. Pick up a little asphaltum on the edge of the brush and shade the upper and lower parts of the body.

6. Shade the lower portion of the body at the top and bottom with a little pure black and let dry.

7. Fill a #1 liner brush with thinned pure black. Paint three wiggly lines to form the stripes on the bee — one on the upper portion of the body and two on the lower portion of the body.

8. The legs are painted using the liner brush. Make a mixture of pure black and a tiny touch of titanium white. Thin this mixture to a flowing consistency. Fill the liner brush with the thinned black and paint the six little legs.

9. To paint the bee head: Using the liner brush and the thin black/white mixture, paint a small half-circle for the head.

10. To paint the bee wings: Double load a #12 flat brush with pearlizing medium and floating medium. Paint the wings by positioning the brush with the pearlizing medium along the outside edge of the wing. Let dry and cure.

11. Paint the plate rims with yellow medium. Two or three additional coats may be needed for adequate coverage. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

12. After the paint has dried overnight, apply a coat of glass and tile medium over the top of each individual bee and the trim on the rims.

Note: When you paint on glass with this technique, the finished piece is NOT FOOD SAFE and should not come in contact with the mouth or food. Chargers, plates and platters with painted designs on the surface MUST be used with a glass or ceramic liner. Always hand wash; never place in a dishwasher.

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