Why should you handle the bottle by the neck only?
The body of the bottle (where you will paint) has been wiped down with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils that may interfere with proper adhesive of the paint to the glass. If you accidentally touch the body of the bottle (where you plan to paint) you will want to wipe down that area with rubbing alcohol first (not provided), before applying your stencil/painting.
Put on your GLOVES, then shake the container of WOOD STAIN (labeled “WS”) to thoroughly mix the contents. Your wood stain may have come in a plastic cup, or it may have come in a tube or bottle. Reference the instructions below for your container type:
If your stain came in a cup: Leave it in the bag while you shake, just in case the container leaks. Hold the container by the top & bottom (not the sides) to ensure the lids stays on while you shake. Open the lid slowly to prevent stain from spraying off the lid as you open.
If your stain came in a tube or bottle: after shaking/mixing the stain, pour the stain into the plastic cup provided with your kit. Please note: other kit components may have been packed inside your plastic cup. Remove those items and set them aside so you can use the cup.
To stain your wood, FOLD the stain CLOTH until it is about the size of cotton ball, then dip the cloth into the cup of stain. Rub the stain onto the wood in the same direction as the wood grain lines. Reference your instruction sheet for which sides of the wood you should/should not stain.
Wood is like a sponge, it will only absorb so much stain, so you may not need to use all the stain in your cup. Keep in mind that this is stain, not paint, so you should still be able to see the wood through the stain.
When you are done staining you can remove your gloves.
Weeding Your Stencil(s)
Watch the video below to learn how to weed your stencils. You will weed ALL your stencils at this time (the ones for both the bottle and the wood).
Taping your WOOD Stencils
Your kit includes transfer tape for each stencil. The tape will be stuck to a piece of waxy paper. The transfer tape for the GLASS BOTTLE stencil will be clear whereas the tape for the WOOD stencils will look like masking tape.
Watch the video below to learn how to apply transfer tape to your WOOD stencils. At this time you are ONLY taping the stencils that will be used on your wood.
Applying your Stencil to WOOD
Watch the entire video before performing any of the steps in it.
The paint supplied for your glass bottle and wood tray are 2 different types of paint and they cannot be interchanged. Only use the GLASS paint (labeled “G”) for your glass bottle. Any other paint included in your supplies is meant for wood.
Some paint may come in a bag instead of a cup or tube. Dispense the paint from the bag into the plastic cup BUT ONLY WHEN YOU ARE READY TO PAINT (so they don’t dry out while you are doing other steps). Reference the instructions below for dispensing.
Over time, the components of the paint can separate – if you can see different colors in your paint, you will want to gently mix before dispensing. To mix – hold the bag upright and grasp the Ziplock to keep it closed while you “massage” the paint with your other hand.
Lay the bag flat in your hand, then pinch the corner to push the liquid back then snip the pinched corner off with scissors (pinching the liquid back keeps it from dripping out right after snipping the bag).
Squeeze the liquid out into the cup. Make sure to hold the Ziploc portion together firmly so it doesn’t pop open from back pressure. For some projects, other kit supplies may have come packed in your plastic cup. Remove those supplies and set them aside so you can use the cup.
Painting over your WOOD Stencil
Watch the video below to learn how to stencil the design onto your wood.
Taping your GLASS BOTTLE Stencil
Peel the CLEAR tape from the waxy paper and place the tape sticky side down onto your stencil. You do not have to worry about placing the tape perfectly straight onto your stencil or if it hangs off the side(s) of your stencil, you just want to make sure the tape is covering the image(s) and/or letters on your stencil.
Once you have applied the tape, press down and rub over tape with your fingers to ensure it sticks really well to the stencil.
Applying your GLASS BOTTLE Stencil
Watch the video below to learn how to apply your stencil to the bottle.
Ensuring it adheres to the glass
After pulling the transfer tape off, portions of your stencil may have lifted away slightly from the glass. If you do not have a good seal between the stencil and the glass, paint will bleed underneath. A small empty ziploc bag has been included with your kit. Slide the bag over your thumb then PRESS down (do NOT rub) over the stencil to ensure it sticks well to the glass. You are using the plastic bag to ensure you do not get oils from your skin onto the glass prior to painting.
Painting your Glass
Please note: the video you are about to watch is a general video which shows how to paint over a non-porous surface. In this video, we are painting over a ceramic tile rather than a glass bottle, but all the steps and procedures are still the same.
Unlike painting over wood, you’ll notice you will NOT dab the paint onto wax paper prior to painting/stenciling – that is because unlike wood, glass is a non-porous surface. Watch the entire video before performing any steps.
When you are done, reference your instruction sheet for your next step.