Etched Floral Vase

By  Sherry Lynn Bell 

Make an elegant etched vase tonight with some quick etching and basic painting techniques. Etching first allows you to use regular acrylic paints on glass.

  • Etched Floral Vase
  • Full View
  • Worksheet


  • Square glass vase, 11” tall
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: Medium Foliage Green, Light Foliage Green, Butter Yellow, Golden Brown, White, Deep Lilac, Territorial Beige, Bridgeport Grey, Royal Plum


  • Loew-Cornell Paintbrushes: Angular, Series 3400, 1/2”; Liner, Series 3350, #0; Filbert, Series 3500, #6
  • B&B Etching Products Etchall supplies: etching cream, 4 oz. bottle; straight knife; swivel knife; squeegee
  • Satin varnish
  • Oval template, 2-7/8”x4-5/8”
  • Self-adhesive vinyl

Basic Supplies

  • glass cleaner, lint-free cloth, ruler, marker, paper plate (for palette)

Pattern - Etched Floral Vase

  • Note
  • 1. Etching cream will permanently etch all glazed surfaces almost immediately, so avoid letting cream touch areas not to be etched, including porcelain sinks.
  • Vase
  • 1. Use glass cleaner to clean vase. Dry with lint-free cloth.
  • 2. To make stencils for oval and checkerboard, cut self-adhesive vinyl rectangles 1" larger than area to be etched. Remove paper backing and adhere vinyl to vase, using squeegee to smooth wrinkles and bubbles while applying. For checkerboard, use ruler and marker to mark two rows of 1/2" squares. Use straight knife to cut out alternating squares. For oval, use template and swivel knife to cut out with one long stroke, turning vase as needed.
  • 3. Be sure edges of vinyl are tightly adhered, trimming "tails" as needed. Check for excess adhesive; rub off with finger if needed. Cover remaining areas not to be etched with vinyl to protect surface if desired.
  • 4. Pour a generous amount of etching cream on area of vinyl where glass is not exposed. Use squeegee to pull cream over entire cut-out area, making sure glass is fully covered and cream is applied just beyond cut-out area. Let stand untouched for 15 minutes. Use squeegee to remove cream and return to container so it can be reused.
  • 5. Rinse thoroughly under running water, being careful not to allow cream to run over unetched glass. (Caution: Use care when rinsing so that etching cream does not come in contact with any glazed surface, such as a porcelain sink.) With water running over area, remove vinyl from vase and dispose. Dry vase.
  • 6. Print and cut out pattern; transfer to etched area. To paint design, use worksheet as guide. Use liner brush and Medium Foliage Green to paint stems and curls. Double-load filbert with Medium Foliage Green and Light Foliage Green to paint leaves. Set brush down and pull to tip to create point. Use liner and Light Foliage Green to add highlights to stems and curls.

  • 7. On paper plate, create three different shades of purple paint: Dusty Plum = (3:2:1:1) mixture of Deep Lilac + White + Territorial Beige + Bridgeport Grey; Dusty Purple = (3:2:*) mixture of Royal Plum + Territorial Beige + *small amount of Bridgeport Grey; Wisteria = (3:1:1) mixture of Deep Lilac + Territorial Beige + Bridgeport Grey. (Note: To help identify mixtures, use marker to label each mixture on paper plate with paint name.)
  • 8. For lilacs, use filbert to basecoat Dusty Purple. Use filbert to tap in Wisteria. Repeat with Dusty Plum.
  • 9. For bow, use filbert to basecoat Wisteria. Sideload with Dusty Plum to highlight loop tops; sideload with Dusty Purple to shade loop bottoms. Use liner and Dusty Purple to add detail lines.
  • 10. For small flowers, use filbert to basecoat buds Butter Yellow. Sideload angular brush with Golden Brown to shade throat and base of bud. Use tip of liner and Golden Brown to add three dots to center of each bud.
  • 11. Apply one coat of varnish to etched oval.