How to create a 'Sea Glass' Finish using paint.

Sea Glass. One on the most beautiful finishes you ever see on home accents.  It looks sophisticated, yet soft. Pretty but not too twee. I just love it.

Sea Glass from yogurt jars.

Sea Glass from yogurt jars.

I hate buying new glass, since I have so much at home just waiting to be recycled. So the only answer was to come up with a method of recreating Sea Glass using paint. Easy Peasy once you know how!

You will need: Clean washed glass jars, bottles, vases - glass anything really!

Paint - I like Fusion Mineral paint as it is thick enough to create texture without clumping and has a wonderful matte finish. You can use Fusion's Ultra Grip first - apply using the same method I describe for the paint. This will give you a really secure base.  

Being lazy I have not used Ultra Grip - but if you know your piece will get knocked about I highly recommend this magical product!

You will need...clean glass, blue shop cloth (buy from any auto detailer or superstore), Fusion Mineral Paint and optionally, Fusion Ultra Grip and bits for decor.

You will need...clean glass, blue shop cloth (buy from any auto detailer or superstore), Fusion Mineral Paint and optionally, Fusion Ultra Grip and bits for decor.

Once you have your items together it is simply a case of getting started.  Watch me in action right here. Much more fun than trying to describe how to dab and mix! 

It is that easy! Apply paint using your cloth, the arty part comes when you apply the white. Practice on some throw away jars, and then up your game. Go for it on something large!

Remember you can use all sorts of colours - pinks, reds, shades of white and grey, or blue and green. Yellow would look stunning!

Just look at these from West Elm. You can re-create these looks using wine bottles and pasta jars! Amazing!

I hope you enjoyed my little demonstration. Have fun and play with paint! 

Fiona.

 

Transfer Transformation.

The Beauty of Fusion Transfer & Decoupage Gel.

Fusion Mineral Paint Transfer Gel on live edge wood finished with Tough Coat.

Fusion Mineral Paint Transfer Gel on live edge wood finished with Tough Coat.

Oh, that Jennylyn Pringle.  You know the one, President of The Homestead House Paint Company and the driving force behind the wonderful Fusion Mineral Paint?  Well she has done it again. This time, with the formulation of the Fusion Transfer Gel and Decoupage Medium.  Seriously, once you use this little pot of magic, you will ditch anything that came before.

Why? It works like a dream, dries clear and when used properly has no clouding.  I love it.

Top tip - finish with Fusion Clear Tough Coat Sealer, Wipe On Poly.  It gets rid of any clouding if you happen to have applied a little too much gel.

Over the years I have used all sorts of transfer mediums - the podgy, the white glue, the artists gel, the super expensive branded transfer formulations.  If it was available, I tried it.

There was a good reason for my transfer medium obsession.  Honestly.  I promise I am not some transfer gel obsessed harpy with a penchant for laser printers.  Oh yes...laser printer.  That is an important point.  Remember it.  No laser printer*, no transfer of ink.  It will not work.

If I must, I will offer full disclosure.  In a former life, (around 4 years ago), I would spend hours creating these funky little wooden furniture knobs.  They were super cute.

Steampunk Dog Knobs.

Steampunk Dog Knobs.

Steampunk Cat Knobs

Steampunk Cat Knobs

You have no idea how often the gel would fail or leave cruddy white bumps in my otherwise beautiful transfer.  I did not like it when that happened.

When the Transfer Gel goes white and cruddy.

When the Transfer Gel goes white and cruddy.

I know what I am talking about when it comes to this transfer malarky.  I could sit here and write a step by step tutorial on the process, but frankly it has been done before, the steps are the same and you can follow any one of the links below to get an excellent tutorial right away.  Just click on the images.  

I will say no more other than try it.  Play with it.  Speaking as your Fusion Workshop Ambassador, (Yah, that's me), go and ask your nearest Fusion Merchant if they offer a workshop.

If you don't have a Fusion Merchant nearby go and tell your favourite store that they simply NEED to carry Fusion Mineral Paint.  It's kind of a no brainer.

So go forth and get creative.  There are three very different projects just a click away.

Fiona XOX

Transfer Gel Tutorial from Old Red Barn

Transfer Gel Tutorial from Old Red Barn

 

Have you ever seen anything as creative and pretty as this botanical print pillow from Bless'er House? 

Transfer Gel Tutorial on Fabric from Bless'er House

Transfer Gel Tutorial on Fabric from Bless'er House

And finally...

Transfer on Canvas from Simple Southern CHarm

Transfer on Canvas from Simple Southern CHarm

* Or a photocopy.  If you don't have a laser printer save your images onto a little dongle and take to to print at a print shop.  The gel is amazing with gift wrap too.  Oh, the possibilities are endless.

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