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Friday, November 23, 2012

My all time most visited blog posts

My hand painted glass Christmas Ornaments.

Acrylic paints swirled inside 6 inch clear glass balls.
Thin down paints a little and add each color separately.

Simple designs painted onto clear glass balls with acrylic paints
Use lots of different colors.

So pretty when combined with other ornaments.

And don't forget white.

Ready to paint.
Place wet paper towel on an old plate. Add acrylic paints.
Load up lots of paint onto medium bristle brush.
Begin with something easy.  Dots and circles will do.  
Double load your brush with different colors.
Let dry by hanging ornament on whatever is handy.

Or, you can glue on very thin tissue paper. 

Tear tissues into smaller and irregular sized pieces and glue on with thinned out Elmer's Glue or Mod Podge.

The more the merrier.

There is no right and there is no wrong.

Should you be allergic to glue or paint you can always cover your Christmas ornaments with my my sister's, Brigitta the lace maker, hand made lace.

  Or my friend Renie will paint an elegant porcelain Christmas Ball for you.

Begin your new collection by gluing paper onto glass balls.
Clear Glass balls are available in craft stores; but only during the holiday season.  So, hurry and get some and have your friends join in the fun.

Have a great week my dear
Blogging Friends.



  1. Dear Gina,
    These glass balls are delightful. What a wonderful idea.
    Ever so much nicer than buying balls for the tree.
    thank you for sharing how you do it.
    val x

  2. Absolutely beautiful Gina.

    I love them.

    Have a good weekend


  3. Thanks for this posting Gina - I enjoyed it the second time as much as the first, and I will be looking for those clear glass ornaments.

  4. Oh Gina, you are giving us wonderful invitations to start some new creative projects for the coming very special Christmas season! I love the idea of swirling acrylic colors, skillfully, withing glass globes. The results you've shown are fabulous.


  5. Dear Val, Because you are an artist you would be able to design very special Christmas decorations. And sharing them with your friends would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

  6. Hi Fiona and welcome. It's so nice of you to visit. I'm delighted that you like my painted glass ornaments. They are very easy to paint. Give them a try.

  7. Thank you Frances. What I love about the swirled glass orbes is that the end result is so unpredictable. Each and everyone is an original...you only have to turn and rotate while the paint does its magic. I paint mine over the kitchen sink...easy cleanup.

  8. Dear Mark, Can't wait to see what your Christmas ornaments will look like. Plain glass ornaments can be found on the internet if your local craft store does not carry them.

  9. Dear Gina,
    This post was such fun, and so timely! For me, the holidays are a time for the handmade. I'm inspired to get to the craft store and have some fun... The bindery is so busy at this time of year, that I'll have to squeeze my new craft project in between pressings--perfectly reasonable, right? Your sister is so talented, as you are-- you must have very artistic parents!
    Warm regards,

  10. Hi Gina, I did it! I took your advice, bought some balls and started painting them. They are so cute and I had so much fun. Thanks for the inspiration, it gave me confidence to just do it.

  11. Dear Parvum Opum, Yes, this time of year gets very hectic...I understand your dilemma. It actually takes longer to get all of your supplies together than it takes to paint them. Hope you can eke out a little time to create something for yourself. Good Luck. ox, Gina

  12. Oh, this makes me so happy Darlene. I would love to see your version. Will you share a few pictures with us on your blog?

  13. I can well see why this is your most visited blog post. Your ideas are amazing and your execution is fabulous!

    - The Tablescaper

  14. Gina, these ornaments are gorgeous. Make me want to try some of the paper collage.

  15. Dear Gina, Yes, I remember these – so gorgeous! I bought the glass ornaments last year and have the paint. Maybe this is the year I will get them painted!

    Happy, happy birthday to you!!!


  16. Hi Susan and Bently, Thank you for your visit and lovely compliment.

  17. Hello Tablescaper, Thank you for hosting. And so nice of you to visit and comment.

  18. Hello Sarah, That is a good way to get started. Try the paper ornaments. See if you can find McKenzie paper napkins...they ar thin and are easy to work with.

  19. Dear Georgianna, How sweet of you to remember my Birthday. Thank you.
    The most difficult part of a new project is to get started. You already have the materials, please give it a try. I know that yours will be fabulous...you have the artistic eye.

  20. these are so gorgeous and something to treasure. Thank you so much for bringing them to us. Have a wonderful week.

  21. Hello Jill, Thank you and wishing you a wonderful week. Thank you for your visit.

  22. Oh my what beauty, what creative skills, you are just amazing. I LOVE these great ideas and I want to go get some clear ornaments and begin today. Wonderful, thank you so much!

  23. Hello Mary, Hope you give them a try. Some of mine are several years old but I have to keep a steady supply of clear glass balls so that I can keep filling requests. They do make lovely gifts. Good Luck.