Painted Mason Jars

I have been admiring painted mason jars, like these ones http://pinterest.com/pin/545428204840556446/ for a while now.  I am on vacation (yippee!) so I have some free time to do the things that don’t get done while working Monday to Friday. Off to the thrift store I went. I picked up these two mason jars for $0.69 each. What a steal. They were not marked with a price tag, so the cashier invented a price. I liked the price.

The tutorials I have read regarding the painting process advised to use acrylic paint, which I did. I chose this colour, Pool by Martha Stewart. It was $2.88. I have seen it cheaper, however, I was already at the store and thought I would pick it up. To paint the inside of the mason jar, you squirt paint into the bottom of the jar and turn it upside down to allow the paint to run down the sides of the jar. Easier said than done. My paint didn’t budge. It sat there in blobs. I put the lid back on the jar and shook it. I stuck (what I could) of my hand and swished the paint around. I finally resorted to the utensil jar. I needed something long with a flat edge. The lobster pick was the best man for the job.

The tutorials I have read advise to turn the jar upside down to allow it to dry. He was turned right side up for the photo. Mine has been drying for a day and half and only the top rim is dry. Here he is drying. So exciting I know.

Once dry, I will add flowers to spruce it up and will give you an update. In the meantime, there he sits drying.

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