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Painted Faux Stained Glass Project: Cardinal and Magnolia

By Jan Easters Cumber

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Leading the Faux Glass Paint Project Design
Painted faux stained glass

The first step is to paint the lead lines of the design.

© Jan Easters Cumber

The first step is to paint the 'lead lines' of the design onto the 12” round surface using the bottle of Liquid Lead. Print out the cardinal and magnolia design (it's on four pages, so you’ll have to stick it together), place it under the 12” round surface, and you'll clearly see where the Liquid Lead must be painted.

If it’s a new bottle of Liquid Lead, remove the tip from the bottle, take out the paper seal, and replace the tip. Holding the bottle upside down, tap it firmly on the table top or other hard surface to get the lead to flow into the tip of the bottle. If you find the tip isn’t producing a decent line, make a tape tip for it. Periodically holding the bottle upside down and tapping it on the table while you’re working with it helps to reduce the air trapped inside and keep the lead from ‘spitting’ out the bottle.

The key to painting successfully with Liquid Lead is to keep the bottle tip away from the surface while you gently squeeze out the paint, not scrape the tip along the surface. Hold the bottle close to the bottom (flat end) of the bottle. Squeeze to start the flow of Liquid Lead, lightly touch the surface with the Liquid Lead at the start of a line of the printed design, then lift the bottle tip up at least half an inch off the surface and, while lightly applying pressure to the bottle, move your arm freely along each line of the design. Do not rest your arm or hand on the table as it will hinder the free movement needed to paint the Liquid Lead.

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