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Painting On Candles is Fun and Easy

Updated on February 10, 2013

Supplies you will need.

Supplies: candle any size or smell, enamal paints, you can get these at most art supply stores, quality paint brushes, these you can get also at art supply stores, lazy susan so that you can rotate candle to paint, small candles the ones that come in little aluminum casing these are what you put on top of the larger candles instead of lighting the candle itself. You will need two (2) plastic containers to put soapy water in one to wash your brushes, and plain water in the other to rinse your brushes. Taking care of your brushes is very important. Paper towels also.Styrofoam plate to put paint on.

Ideas for what you are able to paint on candles.

The need to paint a candle has been a happy experience. They turned out so lovely I sold quite a few. It can be small or large or skinny or fat. It's all in what you want to showcase. I personally like the big fat ones. More room to paint on. I have painted beach scenes which is great in front of a beveled edge mirror tile. You can also paint a design to match your candle on the mirror. The light from the lighted candle looks really great in front of the mirror. I have painted seashells with coral on candles. Grapevines with grapes in the vines with large grape leaves I even added a few rose buds. I have also painted climbing rose vines around the candle with rose buds and rose leaves placed around. A friend wanted me to paint Elephants on one. There is no end to the designs that can be painted on candles. I really had fun painting on candles just like my other art projects. I could paint for hours, and time just slipped away. Like always just have fun at what ever you do.

Steps to a great looking hand painted candle.

I will use a large candle as an example to paint on. Get your lazy susan, and place a piece of wax paper cut the size of the round of the lazy susan. Then place your candle on the lazy susan this allows you to turn your candle as you paint to keep a good angle on things. Put soap, a couple of squirts, in water in one of the plastic containers. Put plain water in the other container. Make sure you wash your brushes thoroughly rinse to get all paint out. Your brushes will last a long time if you take care of them. Also, always use a dry brush when using enamel paint because water changes the value of the enamel paint. If you are painting grapevines or rose vines you will need enamel colors: burnt umber, thicket, yellow, wine or berry, diazinon purple, violet, and white. Using a Styrofoam plate squeeze a dime size amount of paint of the burnt umber, thicket, yellow, and white on it of each color. Using a 3/4" size paint brush load a bit of the paint color burnt umber and yellow on the end of the brush. One color on one side end and the other color on the other side end. Then with the sharp end of the brush slide alongside of candle reload with paint when needed. Paint about 4 or 5 rows around the candle. Use your imagination and don't paint a straight line. Make slightly curved rows, and also go out of line to make branches. These lines will be underneath the other things you paint, so you don't have to be perfect make them look like vines and small vines growing out of the big vines. You can even paint over the top of the other rows. Switch out the colors with thicket and white to get a variation of these colors for vines. Look at the photo's you will see that the vines hardly show, but without them the candle will be boring.

Next have a lot of fun.

You will need 2 (two) sizes of brushes the 3/4" brush and a number 10 brush for a lot of the designs that you paint. Put some large leaves on first use 2 colors on your brush at the same time. Load the paint on each side of the brush, so that you can get good shading on your leaves or whatever you are painting. Flowers really need the two tones for shading. If you are painting flowers or the grapes make sure you put lots of little leaves around. Also, using a script brush drag some thin lines, and curly q's around too. This is just little touches that help the art look finished. There are artists that have videos or magazines if you need some assistance in learning how to paint leaves or rose buds. I have given you the basics of what type of paint you need to make your work last on candles, and some ideas of what to paint. The sky is the limit to what you can create. No matter what you paint it will be unique, and yours. So, just have lots of fun invite some friends over have a paint candles party. Everyone will love that, and kids would have a great time too. Read the directions on the enamel paint bottles, and paint on ceramics and dishes. I have let kids paint on coffee cups for a parents gift. Make sure the paint is below the lip line. These are really great gifts. Have lots of fun, we all need to break lose sometimes.


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      Nancy C Moores 3 years ago

      Yes, you are so right Tessa. I'm sorry took so long to answer you back. We have a great world to look at with the internet, and lots to learn. :~)

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Have fun!

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      Tessa 3 years ago

      Begun, the great internet edoiutcan has.

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      Nancy C Moores 4 years ago

      Thanks again Joe, my friend,

      Yes, we all have talent, and you have a great talent in the humorous way that you write. But, at the same time you are very informative and serious, so that we can never take you as anyone but the great entrepreneur that you are. A wonderful loving husband and father and serious provider for your family.

      Aloha, Joe, and thanks again

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I wish I had your artistic talent, Nancy! But then again, I think we're all artists...just in different ways. Have you ever sold on Etsy? They're a great outfit, and people who craft their own products do quite well on this venue. If you have never joined up with them, I heartily encourage you to do so. Your talent is extraordinary! Aloha, and have a great evening, my friend!


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      Nancy C Moores 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my hub. I am privileged for you company. Thanks also for the Welcome. I love HP !!! Have fun with your daughter this summer. I am also going to let my grandson paint them with me, and he will be designing his own dinosaur t's. He is so excited. Well take care, and thanks again.

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      CrisSp 5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      We did this in school (years ago). Fun and very creative way to express yourself. Thanks for the reminder. I have to do it with my daughter this summer.

      Welcome to HP!

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      Nancy C Moores 5 years ago

      Thank you so much jamie 4. Thanks for coming by. :)

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      jamie 5 years ago

      This the most prettyest candle ive ever seen :)

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      Nancy C Moores 5 years ago

      Wow, I just bought ebooks on how to make candles and how to make spa products. Can't wait until I have the time and place to work on them. That is great, you too are multitasked. Anyone, I tell you anyone can paint. Just takes time and patience. I want to offer painting in my area I hope it works out. Take care Michelle, I appreciate you so much, and also Joe. You both have been such an inspiration to me.

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      Sarra Garrett 5 years ago

      Your candles are georgous. I wish I had talent to paint! I did used to make candles however and got pretty good at it adding scents and different colors. Nothing like yours!

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      Nancy C Moores 5 years ago

      Thx so much Shirley appreciate that

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      Shirley 5 years ago

      Good job!

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      Nancy C Moores 5 years ago

      thank you Kevin

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      kevin 5 years ago

      nice one


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