Greetings! I work as a resort pool bartender in Orlando. That's my bread and butter.
Recently, a co worker asked me to paint a growler for her. I was actually shocked that she asked me to do a painting for her. Nonetheless, I was honored to paint the growler and accepted the challenge.
The growler was from a brewery in Ocala Florida and it was a 64 oz bottle.
As I started to prep the bottle for painting, I realized that the main challenge was going to be painting on top of the round shape of the Growler. When I started to sand it down, I realized I wasn't going to able to paint on it properly.
I was going to need to be able to move the bottle around without touching/handling it. Basically, I needed to be able to move it from side to side, without any hinderances.
My neurons were firing quickly, as I was already in a creative state of mind. I grabbed a lazy Susan from the pantry. The Susan allowed me the flexibility I needed to paint on the growler freely. You'll see below how this technique worked.
A big part of the prepping process was the fact that paint doesn't stick to glass so easily... I had two main stages of prep.
1: Sand the bottle surface down with 60 grit sandpaper.
2: Primer the bottle with flat black spray paint. Two coats. I chose black so that the colors would pop really nice. Now I was ready to paint my masterpiece. LOL.
The finishing touches to the painting was the "FLORIDA ROOM/WINDOW EFFECT.
As I was painting the growler and moving it around from side to side, I started to understand clearly that this was an art piece that begged to be "looked" at. That's when I came up with the idea of adding the windows effect. I think it really made a difference and I was amazed at the change in perspective.
The real finishing touch came with the clear coat of gloss. I used Rustoleum's cystal clear gloss. It gives it a super nice luster and a protective coat over the paint. And this project will need the protection.
Painting on glass is very tricky. The paint can chip off at any given time, after it dries. That is why you should not try to handle the bottle with your hands. It will be impossible at some points not to do so, so you just have to be careful.
I hope you enjoyed this blog. If you have any comments, feel free. Or drop me a line via the contact form.