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DIY - TRACING ON GLASS -TUTORIAL

Using only a sharpie!!...
yes that's right, just a sharpie and a steady pulse. I saw something like this on the Internet and I thought I gave it a try, I was really surprised to find out how easy and neat this whole project was.
I made a collage of 6 pictures that took me about a week to finish.

I've always wanted to own  some Vintage advertising prints but this is even better, not only I get the print I want, I basically made it myself!!...well, kinda :0)

This is how I made it...

The very first thing you need to do is find your image to print and for that I will let you know one of my fav places on the internet where you can chose from dozens of images that are free of copyrights and ready for high resolution printing...
  
"The Graphics  Fairy"
Check it out!

Ok, now that you found your image you have to print it but stop it right there!!
For this project is very, very important to know that if your image contains any text, you MUST print it "mirror image" otherwise when you trace it on the back of the glass it would read backwards when you hang it, clear?... good, lets move on then! <- bossy="" font="" much="" nbsp="">

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printed my beautiful image on "mirror image"
 and I placed some tape on the edges to make sure the sheet didn't move.

The I placed the clean  glass on top and started tracing...I painted directly on the glass using a black, ultra fine point for a more define edge.



 I know, I know it feels weird to write words backwards but if you ignore that you are tracing words and pretend they're just images, it'll be ok.
A little trick to stay on the lines is..  position yourself right on top of the design, not from an angle, that way you'll make sure to trace the right way and you'll also avoid shadows and obstructions.


As you can see in my close-ups, I didn't do a very good job at tracing on the lines but believe me when I tell you, it won't show  so bad after you're done.



If you're unsure on how you are doing just lift the sheet of the glass and peak, like I did, but make sure you don't move it or you could potentially ruin your work of art.


Here I'm showing you another image, this one didn't need to be printed on mirror image because it contained no text.





This beautiful mermaid design was very different from the first ad style design and required more attention because of it's lines and dots details...it was harder to trace properly and it took me about an hour to finish.
wow, that was actually tedious work!!



For this particular design I added a top and bottom scroll to give the image a more interesting feel.



I took that scroll design from another printout design, you can do that no problem, simply cut the piece of the design you want and  tape it to the one you're tracing.



You can see how I did that with this design as well, see?...




At the end of your tracing, all you have to do is place your  glass artwork on its respective frame making sure the painted side  is inwards (facing the wall) NOT facing you. That way it will last longer because lets face it, sharpies are permanent until they meet with stuff like, windex, nail polish remover or other acidic abrasives.




I added a drop of hot glue on each corner of the frame making sure it would not show through the front of the glass but it would hold the glass firmly on the frame.



let it dry before you hang it on the wall!!

MAKE SURE IT IS DONE RIGHT OR YOU MAY LOSE YOUR ARTWORK BY ACCIDENT IF IT FALLS OFF THE WALL... that would be awful, :0(



This amazing project wasn't too easy but definitely wasn't too difficult either and it was worth the time and effort, don't you think??
This is my collection of Glass Tracing Art for this project.















I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, leave me a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.
Thanks you!

51 comments:

  1. Love this idea..I have several of the images from Graphic Fairy too

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  2. These are awesome. I think they would be beautiful gifts. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I'm thinking to make some for my sister... a gift from her crafty little sis up here in Canada... :0)

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  3. We have something in common I am also in love with Graphics Fairy. A client that I remodeled her kitchen gave me the old glass doors that were in her kitchen. I could not decide what to do with them, then I found Graphics Fairy and print off one of the roaster prints. I didn't take that long to complete and before the end of the week was over a lady came into my shop and loved roasters and purchased him. Now to do another.

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    1. Yes, The Fairy Graphics is such an awesome place!!..
      You have a shop?, is it to sell your crafts?... I'm thinking about opening one too.. Tell me about yours I'd love the input, thanks!

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  4. Yep... this is a good one... can't wait to try it!

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    1. thank you and post a pic of your project when you're done!!

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  5. How long does it take for the Sharpie ink to dry? Is smearing a concern?

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    1. Hello! the ink dries almost instantly so no, no smearing concerns when tracing. Thank you for your question!!:0)

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  6. There's got to be something you can spray it with ? And also , putting different color paper behind it would also be lovely to pick up a color in the room ! Thank you , this a great idea !

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    1. a color paper behind the designs would be a nice option for a totally diferent look.. I must try that one day, thanks!!

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  7. Also other than yard sales etc. Where did you get your frames ? Love them

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    1. Occasionally I find clearance frames in stores near home...I love the ones from Marshalls, winners or homesense but that's here in Canada... I'm guessing target would be the most comparable in the US.
      Good luck!

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    2. Marshalls, TJ max. Ross, Burlington coat factory along with Michaels, Joann's, hobby lobby are good sources in the USA.

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  8. These are simply stunning! I'm pinning this one for a future project. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  9. Thank you Jeanette and have fun making them!!
    :0)

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  10. Hi, your project collection is stunning. Did you place paper as a backing? If so what kind of paper and how did you apply it? Thanks

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  11. These are amazing! I followed a link from Graphics Fairy and so glad I did. I poked around a little bit and love everything I have seen. You have a new subscriber! Thank you for sharing, looking forward to seeing more of your work.

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    1. wow, thanks for subscribing!!!!
      it's so exciting being featured on The Graphics Fairy!!
      again, thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  12. Stunning! I am so doing this! LUVVVEE, the Graphics Fairy and this idea. So creative.

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  13. What a clever idea - I can't wait to try it myself - already searching the Graphics Fairy for images I have wanted to use in projects. Thank you for the detailed guidelines (and I love your other ideas too!)
    Sue - Australia

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    1. You're gonna love making these... its a lot of fun!!
      Good luck!!

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  14. Those are really cute, great job! I have some of these images saved also for quite some time. I use graphics fairy to make my collage art for my small business. I have been wanting to buy a sanding kit and do images on to glass that way for extra things to sell at my shows, but haven't has time to do that as of yet.

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    1. thanks!! I hope you have as much fun as I did making them.
      :0)

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  15. Wow! These are great! I was going to dust, do laundry and hoover this morning, but after seeing these, I am going for a rootle in my stash to find a frame and try your idea - the dust can get dustier, the laundry smellier and the dogs are messing up the floors anyway. If any family or friends have anything to say about the state of the house, I'll refer them to your blog and you'll probably get more subscribers - I'm a new subscriber!

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    1. LOL you're comment was not only funny but uplifting too!!... I loved it so much I copy/paste it on my FB page.
      Thanks for making my day!!

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  16. Wow this is super creative! I love this idea and can't wait to try it. Great job!

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  17. I have wanted to put a mermaid on the see- through door to my bathroom...if I can find one the right size...thanks for the inspiration. I want to try it on a photo size frame glass first though. Love what you did with these.

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    1. You can get an image you like increased to the exact size you want at a copy place like Staples. Love the idea!

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  18. Wow Victoria, no backing, just dots of hot glue, a little gutsy, lol.

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    1. But it works... lol
      Thanks for commenting!

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  19. Thank you for sharing your DIY! I didn't know you could just trace on glass with a Sharpie! I will definitely give this a try!

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    1. It's that easy, trust me!
      Thanks for your comment.

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  20. I hope I have this right...you just go over the lines with a sharpie and the ink goes through the paper onto the glass? This just seems too good to be true! I have a table I'm working on with a lift off glass tray. (You see where I'm going with this?
    I was going to paint the top of the table.) Hmmmm.....maybe I should just sharpie the glass? Does this work ONLY on glass? Only 7:22 am here, but I'm headed to my printer the second I hit "publish". THANK YOU!!

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  21. OK---I'm not the sharpest crayon in the box!! Dummy me, I just tried drawing on the paper expecting it might go through to the glass? I knew that sounded improbable, but tried...obviously didn't work! At first I thought, "here we go again, maybe it only works with a laser printed paper. That is a major issue for a lot of transfer techniques, ink jet printing is so unstable.
    Then I went back and ACTUALLY READ the instructions thoroughly. Victoria CLEARLY says she PAINTS DIRECTLY on the glass. OK...NOW I GET IT!! Excuse my 1st question. They say there are no dumb questions. Actually THERE ARE!
    This was one of them! Needless to say, I am going to do this the RIGHT way, and paint my glass top table. It's perfect.
    If I get tired of the design, I can wipe it away with some acetone and do another. Thanks again!!

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    1. BAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!! that was funny, oh Gosh... I hope you got it right and you're table looks amazing. Good luck and thanks for sharing your hilarious comment.

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  22. What an awesome tutorial and trust me when I say---I've spent so much time at Graphics Fairy they should start charging me rent, lol. I saw your image before reading the tutorial steps about tracing and thought you had used the printing onto tissue paper technique to create this stunning project. I'm not sure it would produce the same effects, but certainly would be an interesting ~test~ project I may try out. Simply chose black & white instead of the color setting on your printing options. Either way---you've provided some wonderful inspiration, especially using your decorative frame technique. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely work!

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    1. AhhHH....i love it when I get to inspire others with my humble projects!! :0)
      Thanks for your comment.

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  23. There's got to be something you can spray it with ?
    مع شركة بسمة الرياض سوف تحصل على واجهة راقية تليق بك فنحن أفضل شركة تنظيف واجهات زجاج بالرياض لأننا نمتلك كل المعدات والمنظفات اللازمة للقيام بعملية تنظيف واجهة بجودة عالية. على الرغم من اعطاء الواجهات الزجاجية مظهرآ رائع الا انها تمتلك احد العيوب الا وهو حدوث تجمع للأتربة عليها بشكل مستمر لذلك نحن نمتلك فريق عمل وفرنا له رافعات حديثة حيث يستطيعوا التعامل مع جميع ارتفاعات المباني المختلفة بالاضافة لاستخدام منظفات خاصة لا تحدث خدش بالزجاج وتجعله نظيف ولامع فمعنا سوف تجعل واجهتك جديدة باستمرار.
    نحن جميعآ نعلم أن الواجهة الزجاجية من أصعب الواجهات فى التنظيف لكنها فى نفس الوقت اذا كنت صاحب فندق علي سبيل المثال تعطي للنزلاء انطباعآ جماليآ لا ينسى لمكان سحر وفى حالة أن كنت تريد الحصول على واجهة شركة تليق بسمعة علامتك التجارية فنحن سوف نوفر لك ما تود الحصول عليه بالاضافة طبعآ لخدمات تنظيف الواجهات لعملاءنا الاعزاء اصحاب المنازل والفلل.
    شركة تنظيف واجهات حجر بالرياض تبحث عن الجديد دائمآ لارضاء عملاءها وجعلهم يرتقون بأعمالهم ومنازلهم.

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  24. this is absolutely one of the most genius works ive seen yet..i am disabled and therefor have alot of time on my hands beside my husband 14 yr old son and 1 and 1\2 yr old daughter.., yes..she slipped in on us..lol...but i will be able to put these ads with my own artwork..like u i can see u are a profectionest..i also have ocd so yes every line ind everything in its place..,stencils drive me crazy so thank you thank you for sharing this..many thanks..Margie

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  26. Gorgeous! Unfortunately, I don't have the patience for this method so I'd probably end up printing the design onto a transparency sheet and use masking tape to hold it onto the glass from the back hahaha. Kudos to you for having the staying power to trace all those details in that mermaid!!

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  27. wow, great idea! thanks for the inspiration.

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  28. Simple yet beautiful project. Just realized we don't need the backing of the frame for this project, although that could give a diff look. I have a frame and glass saved for "some day project" and this is just perfect for that. Thanks for the amazing inspiration!

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  29. Could you also use different coloured sharpies? Absolutely stunning. Will be having a go here in the UK.

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