Walnut Hollow Ball Jar Acrylic Painting Tutorial

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I was SO excited to receive this mason jar-shaped wooden piece from Walnut Hollow in the mail!

It took me little to no time to decide what I'd be doing with this beautiful piece....my husband and I already have a bit of a Ball Jar theme happening in our kitchen. Our last name is 'Bennett,' so my imagination was soaring....a 'Bennett' Jar for the kitchen!

The materials I used for this craft are:
-Mason Jar Shape from Walnut Hollow
-A pencil
-An Eraser (I didn't need one in the end, but it's good to have one just in case)
-A cup of water and a paper towel (not pictured) for cleaning brushes
-A white paint pen (I used a Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Pen in a Medium Tip and a Fine Tip)
-One large flat acrylic paint brush
-Acrylic Paint in various brands in the above shades of blue, gray and white! You don't have to match these exact colors. I picked them because they were the closest Ball Jar type colors I already had in my collection.

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I began by putting some paint down on my (very used) palette. I am obsessed with my palette, which is why I use it all the time and it is absolutely covered in paint! Sorry not sorry it's not that appealing (but it is a-peeling...see what I did there?) to look at!

I used a quarter-size amount for the lightest blue shade, because that is what I will use the most of. The rest of the paints are going to be used just to accent, so feel free to put even smaller amounts on your palette.

The first thing I did was start brushing on the lightest blue shade. I made sure to do a thin coat because I wanted the natural grain of the wood piece to show through. Perfection is not the goal for this DIY!

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Once I had a section of light blue painted on, I added just a little of the darker blue to add some dimension. The darker blue shade should be brushed on really loosely, creating some very rustic-looking streaks of darker blue.

This is what it looks like once you complete your coat of light blue with darker blue dimension.

I toyed with what to do for the edge, but I decided to paint it in the same manner!

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Now for the lid! You could absolutely paint the lid the same as the body of the jar if you don't have a gray in your collection. But if you do, I suggest mixing the darker and lighter grays right on your paintbrush. This will help with adding dimension to the lid!

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Begin brushing it on by swiping left to right. You want the 'grain' of this paint to be horizontal, where as the body of the jar is vertical. 

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This is what the lid looks like once completed!

Next, I added some white paint for shiny accent to the jar. When starting this step, be really conservative with the amount of paint pick up on your brush. You can always add more later if you don't have enough shine.

I added the white highlights to the outer edges of the jar, and a little to the lid.

This is what it looks like once the highlights have been added! 

Next, I used a regular No. 2 pencil to sketch out my design. I am lucky that my last name starts with a 'B,' so I could use the actual Ball Jar logo as inspiration! 

Don't worry too much with the sketching step. Go over it as many times as you need, just remember to sketch lightly!

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Once you're happy with your sketch, break out the paint pen! I did a very light coat of paint on my lettering first, because I wasn't sure how it was going to look. I began by using the medium point pen.

*You could totally use white paint and a tapered brush for this part, but I never have great luck that way. I am much more comfortable with a paint pen and the precision that provides. Ultimately, do what's best for you!

I went over my lettering a total of 3 times with the paint pen. I was surprised to see that I covered up all pencil marks, and had no need for the eraser! However, I suggest keeping one handy just in case. But remember, do NOT start erasing until your lettering has completely dried!

Once my white paint pen lettering had dried, I felt it needed a little something to make it pop! So, I mixed up a little of this blue-gray color to use as shading for the letters.

I had to dig out a really teeny detail brush to add the shading, but you could use any paint brush with a tapered tip!

I love this part because you don't have to precise! I brushed my shading color on really loosely and it looked great.

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Finally, this is the finished product! I can't decide if my shading is too dark, or if I'm just really critical. Either way, I am really stinkin' happy with how this turned out. This project is really out of the ordinary for me, and such a fun way to shake up my normal arts and crafts routine. 

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Where on earth will I put this? I'm sure it's going to end up in my kitchen, but for now, I'm keeping it on a bookshelf in my office because it's so stinkin' adorable!!!

What do you think? Tell me in the comments below if you'd like to see more projects like this!