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Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demonstration

Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demo
Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demo

Alcohol Ink is a fun medium to work with. I’ve been making jewelry by painting alcohol ink onto glass pendants. Once the ink is dry I glue it to card stock, seal up the back, and turn it into jewelry using various jewelry findings. I’ve posted a video on YouTube showing the process. The title of the video is: Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demo.

The Directions

For the first step I usually paint something using masking fluid on the back of the glass piece. This is the design element I want to keep free of ink. I’ve painted a tree on a hillside, a dragon fly, a cat, and a mountain scene in the video above.

Next, once that dries, I add the alcohol ink. The rubbing alcohol can be used to clean your paint brush, to move the ink around, thinning it, or making shapes in the ink.

After the back of the glass is covered in ink, I remove the masking fluid. Then I may go back in with my paintbrush and add some details. It’s best to keep the ink as dry as possible while doing this, otherwise your design may run.

The ink will dry quickly. Then, using the diamond glaze, I will glue the glass pieces to white card stock. I let the glaze dry and then paint the back and side of the glass with more diamond glaze to seal the piece. This make it water resistant by protecting the paper backing.

Once the glaze is completely dry I will use the e6000 glue to attach findings or to glue the glass into a cabochon. This dries quickly into a strong, rubbery attachment. It has a strong odor so please use the glue in a well ventilated area.

If you’d like to try making an alcohol ink glass pendant necklace check out the supply list below.

The Supply List

Alcohol Inks

Glass Pendants with Cabochon

Rubbing Alcohol

Masking Fluid

Diamond Glaze

e6000 Glue

You will also need bright white card stock and paint brushes.

Thank you for watching my Alcohol Ink Glass Pendant Demonstration. If you have any questions please leave a comment. I hope you have fun painting! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel if you enjoy watching art tutorials and funny family videos. Check out my other alcohol ink paintings here.

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DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt Tutorial

My daughter is obsessed with cats. She will only wear cat clothes. As a result, she asks to wear a cat shirt or cat dress and cat leggings every single day. The only alternative she deems acceptable is leopard print. Leopard print is her new neutral. Who knew Leopard print would be such a big deal with the preschool crowd? Three year old girls are fashion gurus. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

The problem is we only have a few items of clothing with cats on them. We didn’t know the cat-clothing-catastrophe would descend upon us so quickly. I can’t keep up with her daily demand because laundry doesn’t happen by fairies. I do the laundry. It’s me! Only me. Why can’t there be laundry fairies? Why? I needed a solution that allowed me to completely embrace my laundry procrastinating ways! I had to find an inexpensive way to expand our cat clothing collection. My budget conscious wheels were turning.

I bought a pack of Hanes boys t-shirts, some acrylic craft paint, and got to work (I am an Amazon Affiliate. Clicking theses links will take you to Amazon where you can quickly purchase the items you need to start painting). You can watch my DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt tutorial below.

DIY Painted Cat T-Shirt Instructions

Step 1: Put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt so your design stays on the front. You can paint the back after the front has dried.

Step 2: Water the acrylic paint down until it is a thin liquid. This helps the fabric fibers absorb the color. If the paint goes on too thickly it may come off in the wash.

Step 3: Paint a simple cat outline. Or any other animal your child is currently obsessed with. Then let the outline dry.

Step 4: Fill in your cat with paint. Choose colors wisely because they do tend to bleed into each other a little. So think blue and yellow so if the colors mix you have some green. Red and yellow gives you orange. Colors on the opposite sides of a color wheel will give you a brown or gray.

Step 5: After your cat is mostly dry begin painting the background. Once the front is dry, flip it over and paint the back of your shirt. Let it dry completely.

Step 6: Wash it in cold water and tumble dry on low. You may see some fading similar to tie-dye over time.

Step 7: This step is for the kids. Grownups should close their eyes so they don’t become alarmed. Kids, wear your cat shirt daily so your parent has to do laundry every single day…or they break down and makes you many more shirts. The more the merrier, right?

Or just go full on leopard print because you only live once!

Painting With Kids Does Not Have To Be Scary! Make more art!

I hear parents say they wish they could make more art with their kids, but they don’t want to deal with the mess. I’m here to say, “EMBRACE THE MESS!” I hope that got your attention. Yes, you may end up with paint on your clothes, in your hair, and on your furniture, but really, painting with kids does not have to be scary.

Making Messy Art With Kids
Kids love to make messy art.

If possible, designate an area in your house where messes can be tolerated. Put some plastic on the floor, tape paper to the table, put shower caps on the heads of all children involved , get yourself a hazmat suit! Do whatever it takes to immerse your family in the artistic tradition of painting. Let them eat, sleep, and breathe art, but remember this only works if you buy non-toxic paint. ALWAYS buy the non-toxic paint because trust me, some kids take the whole eating part a little too seriously. Don’t let them sleep in the paint either. This is not supposed to be taken literally, People.

Listen, your kids might go a little wild sometimes and try to blow paint around with straws or paint their arms up to their elbows and declare that they are now wearing gloves. It’s going to be a mess, but it’s worth it. You will discover that your three year old child will not only talk about colors like teal, but he or she will also know which colors to mix in order to make teal. That’s amazing, right? You will have preteens who understand what makes for good composition and why it’s important to think about value. They will throw these terms around at dinner parties and impress your friends. Your kids will have their own art shows and win awards for their drawings. So what if you used to have a brand new coffee table and your kids painted it to look a bit more shabby chic, right? One day you’ll be repaid when they get a full scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School of Design.

Making Art With Children Doesn’t Need To Be Scary

Stop hyperventilating, pick up a paintbrush, and repeat after me, “Painting with kids does not have to be scary, painting with kids does not have to be scary…” Free college is worth letting my walls have a few pink and blue handprints and hey those pencil drawing look super-duper on my dining room chairs too. Phew!

Keep your eye on the prize, my friends…EYE ON THE PRIZE!

Toddlers are messy painters!