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Mod Podge and Food Coloring Make Beautiful Reuse Music Together
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 04/03/2010 - 05:18
I am loving the pastel colors of these spring time lanterns - a little reuse project I have been playing around with lately!
The secret to all these lovely colors! Mod Podge colored with a bit of food coloring!
I had a couple little stamped jars on hand and I got to thinking, if I colored them, they would probably resemble some of the vintage glass pieces that belonged to my great grandmother.
So pretty on a spring brunch table set with vintage glass dishes.
I wasn't sure whether to use acrylic paint or food coloring so I tested both. I selected Outdoor Mod Podge because I wanted to be able to use the candles and lanterns outside on the patio but for inside use, regular Mod Podge will work just as well.
I tried out red acrylic paint first, adding just a tiny bit to a brush full (about 2 teaspoons) of Mod Podge.
Hummmmm... not too crazy about the brush strokes.
Maybe a bit of bubble wrap would add a more even texture.
Y-U-C-K Not at all what I was looking for!
Now to test the food coloring.
The Outdoor Mod Podge seemed to be a little thicker than the regular Mod Podge, so I decided to add a bit of water to thin it out thinking it would go on a little more smoothly.
I followed the same procedure as I did with the red, brushing it on then using bubble wrap to create texture.
Oops! That wasn't what I was after either! The watery Mod Podge gathered into little concentrated dots of green.
But - I liked the transparency so I mixed up some undiluted blue colored Mod Podge, brushed over a jar and then stippled it all over with the end of the brush. I worked really hard at covering the surface as evenly as possible.as I stippled. Once dry, the result was a lovely, transparent almost smooth surface.
Noticing that the pattern on the green jar resembled my drinking glasses, and having just had good luck with the stippling on the blue jar, I mixed up some undiluted green colored Mod Podge, added another coat to the green jar and stippled evenly over the surface. When dry, it looked perfect! I really like the dot pattern that still shows under the second application.
Red and yellow make orange! And I wanted an orange candle. I used one drop of red and one drop of yellow in about a tablespoon of Mod Podge.
After brushing and stippling, I decided to try to create a little different texture pattern and swirled the brush tip in circles.
These two images of my orange jar really show how much change takes place when the jar dries. It looks opaque and not terribly pretty while wet. It's a trip watching the colored Mod Podge change from opaque to transparent as it dries.
The problem with the Acrylic paint colored Mod Podge is that it remains opaque.
I was able to line these up in a shaft of sunlight so you could see them better!
A cluster of colorful candles is lovely inside too!
I washed off the "red acrylic" disaster and reapplied Mod Podge colored with red food color.
And look at my lovely little lavender jar! Two drops or blue and one red in a couple teaspoons of Mod Podge did the trick.
A second, thicker application of lavender added to the bottom and blended up toward the middle while the Mod Podge was still wet created a pretty variation in color intensity.
Now I am headed over to Goodwill to find a couple flower vases to color!
A TUTORIAL FOR THE HANGING SYSTEM RIGHT HERE!
And if you love playing with Mod Podge as much as I do - you might be inspired by checking out some of these crafty tutorials!
ADDED OCTOBER 2012: Good news - Mod Podge is available world wide! Here is a link to assist you in finding a store near you.