Flora and Fauna Summer Suncatcher

Flora and Fauna Summer Suncatcher

Posted by DecoArt on Apr 3rd 2014

Add summer color and sparkle to any surface in a glass suncatcher made with Americana® Gloss Enamels.


    • water container
    • paper towels
    • rubbing alcohol
    • tape
    • #4 round brush
    • #6 filbert brush
    • palette knife
    • 1" deer foot stippler brush
    • #4 filbert brushes
    • hair dryer
    • bubble pallet
    • frame
    • 11" square sheet of plain glass
    • #10/0 liner brush


    1. Preparation: Clean glass with rubbing alcohol; wipe dry with paper towels. Using tape, secure pattern onto the reverse side of the glass to show pattern lines facing you when viewing plate right side up.
    2. Using Black 3D Opaque Writer, trace all the black pattern lines onto glass surface.
    3. Allow to dry well overnight or use a hair dryer to speed up drying process.
    4. To make water lilies: Basecoat all open water lily blossoms and buds Pink Crystal. (I found that using stippling or dabbing method with a #4 round brush for smaller pattern parts and a #6 filbert brush for larger ones works best.) First coat of paint may appear light in color. Allow to dry a bit and repeat with the same color to darken.
    5. To shade parts of flower petals, use a bit of Red Crystal and Purple Crystal.
    6. To highlight flower petals on open blossom and buds, use White Gloss Enamel.
    7. For leaves and calyx on flower buds: Basecoat by stippling or dabbing Green Crystal over the entire surface within Black 3D Opaque Writer outline.
    8. To darken or shade, go over the area with the same color or a small amount of Black Gloss.
    9. To highlight, use Yellow Crystal and a small amount of White Gloss. Highlight lines can be added with a liner brush and Bright Yellow Gloss and White Gloss.
    10. Dragonflies: Dab or stipple White Crystal over the wings, staying within Black 3D Opaque Writer outline. Allow to dry and apply a second coat.
    11. Basecoat the body Green Crystal; highlight with Yellow Crystal.
    12. Fine detail lines on eyes and body are done with a liner brush and White Gloss.
    13. Fine detail lines within wings are created with Black Gloss on a liner brush tip.
    14. Allow painting to dry well before going to next step.
    15. To give the entire glass surface a frosted glass look, lay thoroughly dry glass painted side down. Apply a thin layer of Texture Glass to the reverse side. (I used a palette knife to take it out of the jar and a bunched-up paper towel or large stippling brush to distribute it evenly over the entire back side of the glass.)
    16. Allow to dry overnight.
    17. Secure painted and frosted glass piece into the frame.


    Flower And Dragonfly Pattern