Wednesday, April 7, 2010

My Prim Americana Jar Tutorial...

I have so many Mason and Ball jars around here I thought I'd better do something with them and soon. I have covered them in fabric and brown paper and now decided to try my hand at painting.

I know you have all seen the tutorials for painting jars. If not check out Char's from The Pickled Pepper Patch. This is a really good tutorial. I took hers just a step further with mine... The basics are the same, but I finished it a bit different.

I used Kilz spray primer (I had it on hand)... I sprayed the jar entirely twice. Set it aside to dry completely. Oh yea it's a good idea to wear gloves if possible that primer likes to stick to your hands. Yep learned that the hard way. I then took a fine grit sand paper and lightly sanded the primer so the paint had something to stick to.



Next I used Barn Red paint... 3 coats to be exact to paint the sides and bottom of jar.. Sorry didn't take a pic of that.

Next I used Burnt Sienna and lightly dry brushed it on over the red paint. Do not coat your brush heavily. This is just a little bit of paint lightly brushed on. I still wanted the red to show and for the jar to looked aged. You will need to work in small sections because as I painted I used a paper towel to wipe and blend the paint.



Next I happened to already have a tea stained flag in my decor stash so I brought it out and cut it off the stick. You could buy one from the store and coffee stain it yourself first. Or if you have the fabric make a flag yourself and then coffee stain it. Anyway, I Modge Podged it to my jar. The corners wanted to flip up so I laid the jar on one side to hold the edge and laid something heavy on the other to hold it until it dried. I put the glue on the backside first positioned it on the jar then glued the front too.



After it was all dry I took a piece of muslin coffee stained it and tied around it with a piece of jute. I am using mine inside so I didn't seal it. I probably will though in the next few days so the paint doesn't scrape or chip off.

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13 comments:

Julie said...

I love it. And since I don't seem to get any canning done, maybe I should do this with my jars :). Have a great day. Julie

mornings322 said...

Great job! These would look nice on the fourth of July with a candle lit in them on the outdoor table in the evening.

Misi said...

Worth the wait Mary!~ love it! I am going to make one..i think it would be cute with the linen daisies i am working on** Thankyou**

Sandy said...

I love how it turned out! You could use just about any lable. This will be on my to do list :)

Thanks for sharing!

AMBPrimitives said...

Love it!!!!! I'm going to try it.I just love anything Americana.Thanks for sharing..Hugs

Sisk Country said...

I love that!!!! Thanks for sharing it! I can't wait to make my own...

Pam said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! The jar turned out great!

PrimWyoGirl said...

I Love your jar! I may have to give it a try! Thanks!
Jayne

denise said...

what a wonderful idea. i'm gonna try it.

Hillcresthome Prims said...

I just joined your blog, I love it. I love what you did with the jars. That was very creative!!!!!

Showing step by step also was great, I plan on making a couple for my home!!

I am having a giveaway on my blog, I would like to invite you to it.
Hugs, Tricia
Hillcrest Home Prims

LeeHillPrimitives said...

Love it! Beautiful job.

Angie Berry said...

I love the finished look Mary! Do you have patriotic in your home or are you just getting ready to decorate for the summer? The reason I'm asking is because I'm going to change my living room to primitive patriotic and am always up for good ideas... especially yours! I love all the things you do and make. =] Speaking of.. the bunting is wonderful!! I would love to have some on my home year round but not sure how that would look. I'm definitely getting some for this summer! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas!!

Angie said...

What a great tutorial.