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Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, November 26, 1999

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Planning a holiday party? Add a festive touch to tables
with hand-painted glassware, these painted by our writer.
Or, gather your best friends for a pre-holiday painting
party. Dots can be made with the back end of paint
brushes, small dots with toothpicks.

Painted Glass

Colorful glassware is easy
to make, great for gifts or to keep
for yourself to toast in the holidays

By Stephanie Kendrick
Assistant Features Editor


AS excitement about the year-end threatens to overwhelm this year's holiday season, why not kill two birds with one stone and present your loved ones with hand-painted champagne flutes for toasting the millennium?

Glass painting is a versatile holiday craft project that is inexpensive and easy to execute.

Plain glass ornaments, ready for your special touch, are available all over town. Inexpensive glassware can be found everywhere from thrift stores to discount giants. And paints, tools and instructions for glass painting can be found at local craft stores.

Alexia Carvalho sells hand-painted glass and ceramic pieces at Native Books and Beautiful Things. She started more than five years ago when she was looking for an inexpensive way to give Christmas gifts to her family.

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Ornaments hand-painted for family members.

Carvalho has turned the craft into an art and her family is still involved. All of her designs incorporate Hawaiian flora and each of them came at the request of a family member.

While a beginning glass painter shouldn't expect to duplicate Carvalho's tiny, intricate designs, she believes the beauty of the end product depends on the spirit of the painter more than the talent.

"Paint from the heart. Take a deep breath and just put down what you feel," she said. "If at first it doesn't look so well to you, keep working at it.

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Handpainted coffee mugs by Alexia Carvalho start at $32
at Native Books and Beautiful Things. Carvalho is also
known for her angels and wine glasses encircled with ilima.

"If you're feeling crummy, don't bother painting," she added. "How you feel comes through."

But there is technical help available for those getting started. "The people in the craft stores are very knowledgeable and helpful," said Carvalho.

Painting glass

By Craig T. Kojima, Star-Bulletin
Inexpensive glassware await your creativity and can be
found everywhere from thrift stores to discount giants.

Bullet Clean items you are going to paint with mild soap and water. Wipe with rubbing alcohol, using a paper towel, and allow to dry thoroughly.

Bullet Follow the application and drying directions on your paints. Each brand of paint varies. Decorative items such as Christmas balls need only be painted and dried.

Bullet Items such as dishes that you will want to wash require paints that can be baked on after drying, such as Liquitex Glassies, available at Flora-Dec for about $4 per 2-ounce tube, a hefty supply. Liquitex baked at 325 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes yields an item that may be hand-washed in mild soap and water. Hand-painted items are not dishwasher safe and should not be scoured or otherwise treated in an abrasive manner.

Warning: While glass paints are non-toxic, they are not food safe. Do not paint within 2 centimeters of the tops of glasses or inside glasses.


Glassware and/or ornaments
Acrylic paint designed for non-porous surfaces
Paint palette
Rubbing alcohol
Paper towels


Stencils and stencil brushes
Tracing paper and pencil
Paint-filled pens
Sponges cut into shapes

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