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Thursday, February 22, 2018

#Cre8time in the Looking Glass... Marabu Creative Challenge with Designer Crafts Connection

Hello Friends! Have you ever painted on glass? Today I am part of a Designer Crafts Connection Bloghop challenge and the designers are creating with Porcelain paint from Marabu Creative.

For this challenge I was provided a starter set of Marabu Creative Porcelain Paint which has 6 colors including a paintbrush and four (4) Marabu Creative Porcelain & Glas Painter pens (white and rose pink 0.8mm fineliner; and Sunshine Yellow and Reseda multi-purpose 1.2mm tip). I've never used glass or porcelain paints before and I'm excited to try them out on a dollar store framed mirror that I have waiting in the crafty stash for a transformation.

Marabu Porcelain is a waterbased porcelain paint has a wide color range that is also air-brushable (I'll have to dust mine off), is dishwasher safe without oven fixing after 72 hours of drying time and is saliva resistant. 

Porcelain is a medium viscosity and highly pigmented, water-based paint designed for glazed and unglazed ceramic. Porcelain can also be used on other surfaces such as Plexiglas, vinyl, and polypropylene. After 3 days Porcelain is dishwasher safe or can be baked in the oven at 320ºF for 30 minutes to make it dishwasher safe. How easy is this?!! The pens do need to be heat set, but for today's make... I don't need to worry about that.

It makes my Cre8time heart SO happy that Marabu Creative is a green company which embraces in it's philosphy, sustainability – out of responsibility. Almost all of Marabu Creative's current creative products are water-based.

The first thing I did was grab a piece of glass out an old frame and test out the colors and the mixability. The Marabu Creative Porcelain Paint colors are transparent when brushed out. If applied in a thick layer, looks opaque.

Even though the solid puddled areas look opaque, the color of the Marabu Creative Porcelain Paint remains transluscent. Ooh-LA-LA I love the rainbow puddle I made with these colors!

I am a stencil hoarder, so I grabbed a couple stencils that I have never used that are Catherine Scanlon designs to alter my framed mirror. I took apart the frame and cleaned the mirror glass to prepare it for the Marabu Creative Porcelain Paint.

Using blue painters tape, I tape
the stencil in place on the mirror.

Using the white 0.8mm Marabu Creative Porcelain & Glas Painter pen, I traced the design of the stencil onto the glass being careful not to let too much paint pool up and seep under stencil.

I like the dimension created just from these simple white lines... but I continue on and plan on something with COLOR!

With the first design completely traced.
I am ready to add color!

I repeated the steps using the other stencil I selected -- this one having a floral design. I planned to reserve one square in the design, and as I was tracing I went over into this space. I was able to quickly remove my mistake by scraping dried paint away with the edge of a razor blade (please use blades with caution).

Following the lines from the pens, I begin to fill in the areas using the Marabu Porcelain paints and a paintbrush. This paint works best painting in thin layers, letting each layer dry before applying another layer. Some areas I left with thicker layers with brush strokes mainly because it dried quicker than I could spread it around the large areas.

After a base of color was painted in, I added a second layer overall. Then when dried, I went back and applied another layer using the yellow and green 1.2mm Marabu Creative Porcelain & Glas Painter pens in a stipple pattern to add texture and dimension. This application built up the color and gave it a look of stained glass as the reflection in mirror glass amplified the dimension. 

When done with adding all the yellow and green, I went and outlined flowers with the rose pink 0.8mm, then went back and traced over the white 0.8mm Marabu Creative Porcelain & Glas Painter to add the lines back in. The white pen is opaque in comparison to the other three colors.

This step really brought the whole design
together, giving it a stained glass feel.

The paint dries pretty quickly and I gently placed the transformed glass back into the frame and my new art is ready to display!

This was so tricky to photograph -- but I love how it has been transformed and looks like stained glass and a bit Van Gogh! 

an ARTful Looking Glass...

These paints are different than any other paints I've ever worked with and will take a bit of practice to build up thin layers. I look forward to using these to customize other glass and ceramic pieces I have around the house and breaking out my airbrush.

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For more information on Marabu Creative or to where you can purchase these porcelain paint products please visit website HERE and find more projects and inspiration on the Marabu Creative Blog HERE.

What would you create
with these paints?

CLICK HERE to POP over to the DCC BLOG for info on how you can enter to win a Marabu Creative Prize Package February 22-27!

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Thanks so much for visiting! CLICK HERE to pop over to the beginning of the Designer Crafts Connection "Marabu Creative" Bloghop and enjoy more holiday decor inspiration.   Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. Marabu Creative USA has provided porcelain and glass paints for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.


  1. This is stunning Susan! I totally see the Van Gogh vibe. Love it!

  2. I love, love your piece, it's a work of art. I'm inspired to try this with one of my art drawings, totally creative my fiend

  3. so cool, love the idea with the stencil!

  4. SUSAN, AWESOME!!!!! You always tend to amaze me WOW
    great tutorial

  5. That is awesome! Love it and it does look like stained glass.


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