Me you ask? I’m home ridden, being lazy. Monsoon has kicked in, here in the west coast of India and we are having very grey, wet days with approximately 4 hours of powercut. Good for us that it’s not too hot to bake and die in our comfortable furnaces. The first day- the power cut seemed horrible. We were cribbing our heart out and it seemed an alien phenomenon. The next day it was bearable. The third day, it rendered me really creative.
I found out a great way to print raised letters and messages on glass and ceramic- you know the vintagey looking jam jars and solution bottles, and I have to tell you that it’s a darn good ‘un.
The theory is simple: Clear drying glue fixed to a nozzle attachment so you can write on the surface of your choice. Next, get your hands on some powder color and still its wet sprinkle on top. The letters would absorb the powder and once it’s dry you can simply rub the whole thing with a dry cloth. There you go!
And if you want a clear writing, just write your favorite vintage bottle script and let it dry. Voila. Easy as that, although my project involved a bit of paint job too.
Yesterday when the light went out for a good 2 hours, I thought of putting my poor milk/sauce pot that I found for 50 Cents through the experiment. (Thunder strikes, heavy rain lashes on the glass windows, a dim candle lit somewhere inside the house casts a ghostly shadow of the cruel scientist at work and you can see her silhouette) In in ideal world I’d love to be a witch or a mad scientist. Anyway…
Originally red and black (black outside and red within), this is how I changed it to what it looks like:
White acrylic emulsion paint
sand paper(small grit)
Clear drying strong glue
A dry cloth
If you want to use it, do not paint the insides. I wanted to use it as a decorative or sometimes as a flower pot so I painted the insides too.
I gave two coats of Asian Paints Old white and chipped the sides with sand paper. I also peeled a place or two for that added look. I let it dry for about a day.
Next, I wrote “Coulis” with my glue (It comes with a nozzle so I didn’t have to fit it to anything particular. Just buy one of those small tubes of water proof glue that dries clear. They generally come with a nozzle) and sprinkled gold powder on top of it.
You can get powder color in any hardware or craft shop. If its available in India, I am pretty sure it will be available at yours.
Once set, let it dry for atleast 24 hours before rubbing the excess. Just dust it like you dust your table.
Do not put water on it for at least 2 days
While buying glue, buy fabric glue. They are 100% water proof. Silicon will do too. If you are using white adhesive like Fevicol, do not ever wash it. It will rub off.
If you want clear impressions, just avoid the powder part. Easy, no?