|Streak-free / dark tint|
This was my very first attempt at tinting jars, and it was easy and fun!
Here's what I wanted to achieve:
- No streaks
- Dark tint
From what I'd been reading, to get a really dark tint you might have to go with a glass paint, but it can be expensive and complicated. Not for my first try, thank you. I also read that if you use a food coloring method, the darker you go, the streakier it gets. Not pretty. So I tweaked what I found and came up with this.
Step 1: Protect your work surface. I found these disposable changing pads in my son's room while I was cleaning it out over the weekend. Since he's five now, I think I'm safe using them for crafting now.
Step 2: Gather supplies.
- A dry, clean, clear jar (this is a spaghetti jar with label removed.)
- ModPodge Gloss
- Food coloring (I used the least expensive food coloring I could find since it was for crafting and not consuming.) You could probably use gel or liquid coloring. I used liquid.
- Plastic cup or bowl
- Ignore the paint brush in this photo. Didn't need it; didn't use it.
Step 3: Mix it up. I DID NOT add any water to the mixture. This was one way my version differed from others I'd seen. I just poured about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of Mod Podge into a plastic cup and added a lot of food coloring. For this project I used green with a little blue. Stir and and add coloring until you get the desired depth and hue.
Now you're all done. Not too bad for my first try, I think. I got the dark color and streak-free finish I hoped for, and it was super-cheap to do!