I've been loving Mason Jar projects since looong ago. I've pinned lots of ideas, shared cute projects over on Facebook and other social media channels, but surprisingly, I've never gotten into a project involving mason jars. Crazy I know, they're every where!
As a good rookie, I had to go and check my pins to see the best way to paint mason jars. And of course, I headed over to visit
my friend Linda @ Mason Jar Crafts Love, because she is THE BEST at it. REALLY! You need to go and check the amazing collection of Mason jar projects she has tackled. I love each. one. of. them.
This tutorial HERE on how to paint mason jars is the one I followed, making some tweaks to it.
At first, I thought on creating a geometric design on the jars, which mean that I would've needed to use tape to create said designs.
Since, I didn't want to have my base paint peeling off when taking the tape off the jars, I used what I've always used when I need a strong primer: Kilz Adhesion, it worked wonderfully.
One coat wasn't enough for me, the brush marks were too evident. Two coats were fine.
Then, when adding the tape to set the designs on the jars, I changed gears because it didn't look good!
Either, I was using the wrong tape or who knows, the tape wasn't sticking nicely to the jar, and rather than to be pissed off doing retouches afterwords, I decided to go for an ombre effect on each jar.
And here comes my second change. - I've had this set of face paint since my kids were little, Snazaroo Face Paints (Aff.), I love them. For face painting they're great - they're hypo-allergenic, paraben free, non toxic, easily paints and cleans, etc. etc.
When I went looking for my acrylic paints to use on the jars, the first thing I noticed was this, the face paint kit, and those pretty colors made me grabbed them and used them on this project.
The paints worked nicely, but I think the painter was not ready for the OMBRE effect.
Those transitions were hard! They took me back to my art classes while in high school.
I clearly heard my teacher repeating over and over...
Work a bit more on those transitions... Work a bit more on those... :/
Some distressing was good to keep the eye from looking at those harsh lines, or so, I thought. ;)
Not unhappy with the final result, I went ahead and made another full set. :)
As my teacher said... Practice makes perfect.
Well, don't I know?
I need to do this at least a hundred more times!
Hey, this would make a wonderful
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT!
But, if you don't want to go through the hassle of DIY-ing this project, you can visit Linda's Etsy shop right HERE to pick a set or two! :)
And since MOTHER'S DAY is quickly approaching, I have another GIFT you can DIY for that special mother in your life! Head over to LIL'LUNA where I'm sharing this full tutorial --->