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Monday, November 21, 2011


The most common excuse I hear as to why people don’t craft is that they’d love to but they have no artistic talent. Artists need talent. Crafters only need desire. You can craft even if you can’t draw a straight line. Today’s project proves that.

I recently discovered DecoArt Glass Paint Markers. As the name implies, these are markers designed to be used on glass. They come in a variety of rainbow colors as well as gold, silver, and white. I was immediately intrigued with the possibilities. 

To test out these markers, I purchased a couple of inexpensive glass votive holders that I found at a local fabric and craft store. All you need in addition to the markers and a piece of glassware is some alcohol for cleaning the glass prior to painting and a small piece of white or light colored paper.

Once I cleaned the glass, I rolled up the paper and placed it inside the votive holder. This was just to help me see as I worked. Using the green marker, I made vertical lines around the votive holder, not worrying about keeping the lines evenly spaced or straight. I just freehanded it for a contemporary look I’d recently seen on some high-end vases.

After my lines were drawn all around, I took a red marker and made rows of dots in the spaces between the lines.

That’s all there was to it. Within minutes I’d created a pair of stemmed votive holders that will look great during my holiday entertaining. Could it get any easier? I doubt it. So don’t let me hear any of you saying you can’t craft because you have no artistic talent.

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Kathy said...

This is a great idea. Mostly everyone loves candles and if you add a hand decorated candle holder you have a perfect gift.

Janel said...

Hmmm...I think I have some votive holders that I bought for another craft. This would be a great way to dress them up for gifts!

Liz said...

Nice idea.

Barbara D. said...

These look easy & very pretty. Great idea!

Jane R said...

What a cute idea! And it looks easy too. This would make great gifts that anyone could enjoy. Thanks for the idea!