Finished up and added the votives I just made! Some of them are familiar designs I offer all the time, while others are familiar designs on new jars or totally new designs, including a couple of holiday designs.
While I had always etched the inside of each jar, the etching cream could be difficult to find, and I needed a lot of it to etch all that glass. Glass etch isn’t really made to etch large areas, it’s more intended for designs or monograms, and it didn’t always cover the surface well, leaving unetched areas. I loved the way it looked when it worked, but I’m also happy with my first big experiment with the glass etch paint, which doesn’t etch the glass but covers it with a frosted texture. I can use it on the inside or outside of the glass, or both, and aside from the fact it’s a spray paint that I have to use outdoors above 55 degrees, it’s great to use.
Above is most of the collection on my display shelves.
Below is the “Collections” votives, each of which has a theme and four different paintings that fall in that category, at least according to me: fine art, Impressionists, Cats After van Gogh.
Three small ones include some new art! “Paint Me Like One of Your French Cats” features Sienna on my bed. “Sophie Gets a Look at Herself” features Sophie looking at herself in a holiday ornament in a sketch from 1998 and also a holiday card. “Peaches and Peonies” is a design I’ve offered for years and I”m glad to see another one available.
Below are some taller ones, 4″ to 6″ on the design. A few holiday themes, the first is my new painting, “Waiting on Christmas Night,” the second is “Winter Window,” a winter painting I’d used as my holiday card in 2002. The third is “22 Cats” on a jar that’s big enough to see the cats in the design.
Each votive comes with a light that works with its size. The smaller votives have small LED votive candles, while the larger ones have strings of LED lights that highlight the artwork and provide more light inside the votive.
You’ll find the familiar designs on my website, But the new ones aren’t there yet. I’ll list them after my open house.
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