Spring Bunny Glass Block
Add a textured holiday design to an ordinary glass block, then place lights inside to bring the entire scene to life. Display this whimsical bunny design every Easter season.
- Glass Blocks, 8”x8” (available at home improvement store)
- Cotton fabric of choice
- White Christmas light set, 30 count
safety glasses, window cleaner, paper towels, transfer paper, pencil, palette knife
- Drill and 1/2" diamond hole saw bit
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylics: Antique Rose, Berry Red, Burnt Umber, Buttermilk, Cadmium Yellow, Camel, French Vanilla, Georgia Clay, Hauser Dark Green, Hauser Light Green, Lamp Black, Light Buttermilk, Olive Green, Mistletoe, Moon Yellow, Raw Sienna, Sapphire, Soft Black; Hot Shots: Scorching Yellow
- Princeton Art and Brush, Select Series 3750: Short Liner, #10/0; Lunar Blender, 1/4”; Filbert, #2, #4, #6, #10; Round, #2, #4; Angle, 5/8”; Shader, #12; Oval Mop, 3/4”; Stippler, 1/4”
- DecoArt: Decorating Paste; Snow Tex
- Krylon Glass Frosting Aerosol Spray
- 1. Use hand held drill to drill hole in bottom back of block. (Note: Be sure to wear safety glasses. Spray block with cold water as you slowly drill hole.) Rinse out block. Dry thoroughly. Use window cleaner to clean surface. Follow manufacturer’s directions to apply two light frost spray coats on front, back, and sides. Allow to dry overnight.
- 2. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines onto surface. (Transfer details as needed.)
- Textured Undercoat
- 1. Use palette knife to mix decorating paste + Cadmium Yellow (1:2) for a pudding like consistency. (Note: Add more paint if needed for nice creamy consistency.) For flower, heavily load #10 filbert with decorating paste mix, then starting at end of petals pull toward center; do not press hard on brush keep brush strokes nice and long, and don’t worry about ridges as it will add definition. Use round brush to create small lines coming out from flower center then dab line ends on petals. Use stippler to dab flower center creating a divot in center for a “donut” like shape. Let dry. Use Snow Tex to repeat flower center.
- 2. If desired, use same decorating paste mix to add texture to bunny, frog, and grass. For bunny, use lunar blender to slip-slap little x-strokes every which way; add a little more texture to hands and teeth making them stand out a little. Use round brush to create skinny little arms. For frog, use #2 filbert and #2 round to add texture adding a little more to hands so they stand out a little more. For ladybug, add small dab of texture to head and body. Add a dab of texture to bees if desired. Use #2 round to pull some grass blades. Let dry.
- Painting Instructions
- 1. Refer to worksheet and use pattern as guide to shade (...). (see photos)
- 1. Base Mistletoe. Use small filbert to drybrush or float a little Hauser Dk. Green shading along bottom of frog; highlight Hauser Lt. Green then Olive Green. For “warts”, use #2 round to add some Olive Green dots on highlight areas, then use mix of Olive Green + Moon Yellow (1:1). Paint eyes Lamp Black and mouth line Hauser Dk. Green. Blush cheeks Antique Rose.
- 1. Base Burnt Umber. Wet lunar blender, tap off water onto paper towel; pick up Raw Sienna and blend back and forth on palette. Tap off again. Drybrush slip-slap highlights every which way allowing base coat to show in shadow areas as indicated on pattern. (Note: Raw Sienna should cover 90% of bunny.) Press lightly on brush to skip over texture. Don’t be afraid to extend paint beyond edges for extra fuzzy appearance. Continue to highlight with Camel, then French Vanilla, and finally with little touches of Buttermilk. Lightly wash Antique Rose over tummy and foot pads. Add Lt. Buttermilk highlight dashes on foot pads and add Soft Black stitching. Float Antique Rose cheeks and underside of ear. Paint nose Burnt Umber; highlight with vertical Antique Rose strokes then add some Lt. Buttermilk highlight shines. Paint teeth Lt. Buttermilk; lightly float Burnt Umber over top. Paint mouth line Soft Black and eyes Lamp Black. Paint iris’ Sapphire and highlight with mix of Sapphire + Lt. Buttermilk (1:1); add Lt. Buttermilk highlight shine and whiskers.
- Gerbera Daisy
- 1. Base petals Cadmium Yellow and flower center Soft Black. Shade petals Raw Sienna then darken with Georgia Clay. Use lunar blender to dry brush Cadmium Yellow highlights on petal ends then highlight with mix of Cadmium Yellow + Scorching Yellow (1:1). Brighten final highlight with mix of Cadmium Yellow + Lt. Buttermilk (1:1).
- 2. Stipple flower center highlights with Georgia Clay, Raw Sienna, and finally with touches of Cadmium Yellow. Add Cadmium Yellow dots on petals around flower center.
- 1. Base Cadmium Yellow. Wash wings Lt. Buttermilk. Use Lamp Black to paint head, antennae, stripes, and to outline; add motion lines and dotted trails.
- 1. Paint body Berry Red. Use Lamp Black to paint head, antennae, and spots; add little legs.
- Grass and Flower Stem
- 1. Base each Hauser Dk. Green. Use round brush and Hauser Lt. Green to highlight top of grass blades and center of stem; repeat with Olive Green.
- 1. Insert lights through hole. Tie fabric around side edges of block.
by Holly Hanley