Painted mason jars have been popular for a few years and there are many examples of them on Pinterest as well as Etsy. Recently, I read a post by Suburble on painting mason jars with Modern Masters paint. You can read her post here. I love the effect that she created. I actually used Modern Masters a long time ago on a large mirror that hangs in the bathroom. At one time, they made a silver colour that when activated shows bits of copper-it’s quite lovely. However, her post got me thinking about gilding. It’s easier and why not use it on the raised parts of the jars. All my jars were bought at the local thrift store for next to nothing. It seems silly to buy new for this type of thing and I like the fact that they have different and interesting designs.
I painted the Atlas jars in AS Florence and used copper gilding from Baroque Art. I liked the effect so much that I just kept going. I used AS Old Ochre and a gold paste called Inca Gold.
I have also made some pastel mixtures. The pale blue is an Old White/Greek Blue combo with silver gilding while the pink is an Old White/ Emperor’s Silk mix with gold.
They have 2 or 3 coats of paint on them. It’s important to wax the jars before you apply the gilding as the wax will remove it because it has solvents in it ( which is handy to know if you make a mistake; varsol also works ). Once cured, the paint and gilding is pretty well protected but I would be careful about getting the outside wet.
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