Painting candles with floral motifs is one of the easiest ways to decorate them all over with a pretty pattern. For your next birthday party, you can create a sassy candle covered with daisies using simple brush strokes. All you do is brush on petals around a little center dot to make one bloom. Adding drops of liquid soap to the paint beforehand will help it adhere to the wax. If you prefer a more personalized candle, you can paint on the letters of someone's name, or the words of a sweet message that commemorates the special occasion in simple block letters.
YOU WILL NEED:
Aluminum pie tin
Acrylic paint in bright yellow and white
Liquid dishwashing soap
5-inch-diameter round candle in light yellow
Cup of water
Candle Glass (optional)
1. In opposite corners of pie tin, pour a small pool of yellow and a small pool of white paint. Add one drop of saop to each pool of paint, and mix using paintbrush.
2. Dip paintbrush in yellow paint and make a small dot on the side of candle. Rinse bush in water and wipe brush clean on paper towel.
3. To make a petal, dip paintbrush in white paint. Press brush firmly against the surface and then lift it up gently as you complete the stroke; repeat action, painting remaining petals at even intervals in a radial pattern around yellow dot.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to paint daisies in overall pattern, or as desired.
5. If desired, apply light coat of Candle Glass, following manufacturer's instructions.
Excerpted from Instant Gratification Candles: Fast and Fabulous Projects by Carol Endler Sterbenz and Genevieve A. Sterbenz. Copyright 2001 by Chronicle Books. Excerpted with permission by Chronicle Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.