No Fuss Fish Bowl

By  Linda Hollander 

  • No Fuss Fish Bowl
  • Glasses & Jar
  • Painting Chart
  • Fish Bowl Drink
  • Goldfish Cocktail


  • DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamels: Baby Blue, Black, Bright Orange, Burnt Orange, Citron Green, Hauser Medium Green, Primary Yellow
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel Aqualon: Angular, Series R2160, 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”; Round, Series 2250, #3; Liner, Series R2595, #10/0; Script Liner, Series R2585, #1
  • DecoArt Ultra Gloss Clear Medium
  • Glass fishbowl, 6”

Pattern - No Fuss Fish Bowl

  • Preparation
  • 1. Print out pattern. Tape patterns to inside of bowl. Wipe design area with rubbing alcohol before painting.
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Do not thin paint with water. Use Clear Medium to float or to thin paint for washes and line-work. Use dry or very lightly damped brushes. Allow first coat to dry thoroughly before applying additional coats or force dry with blow dryer between steps to avoid lifting paint. To remove mistakes, use rubbing alcohol, cotton swabs or paper towel. Hold glass up to light to ensure traced lines are removed. Use brush ends to gently scratch off unwanted dried paint.
  • Bodies
  • 1. Use 3/8" angular and White to base bodies for opaque coverage. Shade Baby Blue along bottom of bodies. Refer to photo and painting chart for detailing.

    Painting Chart
  • 2. For plain fish, float Primary Yellow along top half of body. When dry, use 3/8" angular to shade Bright Orange; deepen with Burnt Orange. For spotted fish, use #3 round to wash Primary Yellow markings. When dry, use 3/8" angular to shade Bright Orange; deepen with Burnt Orange. Use 3/8" angular to float White gills behind heads. Float Baby Blue shading behind gills. Use 3/8" angular to float White scales on plain fish. Use stylus to dip-dot Burnt Orange eye, let dry and dot Black pupil in center.
  • Fins and Fantails
  • 1. (Note: Use appropriate size angular brushes to float tails and fins.) Load brush with Clear Medium; sideload with White and blend well on palette. Wiggle brush back and forth to establish tails and fins. (Note: For best results, practice this technique on a recycled jar before applying to bowl.) Float Bright Orange at base of fins and along one side of fan tails. Deepen shading on fins here and there with Burnt Orange. Use liner to add White details.
  • Bubbles
  • 1. Load 1/8" angular with Clear Medium and a tiny amount of White to give medium slight color; base bubbles. Float White along one side of each bubble. Use liner to add tiny White comma strokes on clear side.
  • Seaweed
  • 1. Double-load script liner with Hauser Med. Green and Citron Green; stroke from bottom up.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Use rubbing alcohol to remove fingerprints from glass. Air-cure 21 days or follow manufacturer's directions to bake in oven for added durability: Allow to dry 48 hours, place in cold oven and set temperature to 325°, bake 30 minutes, turn off oven and allow project to cool in oven before removing.
  • 2. To clean painted glassware, do not soak or scrub; wash in warm soapy water with soft cloth and pat dry.
  • Tip
  • 1. For a fun summer design, paint these fish on wine glasses (or other specialty cocktail glasses); won't your guests be surprised when there's a fish staring back at them! Or paint this design on a fun snack container.