Fearless Friday, Blue Hydrangea Cake Dome

I used to have a glass painting business

I hand painted glasses, and all kinds of tableware

and sold it in local shops in my area

I loved doing it, and enjoyed every minute

I loved creating fun designs for all different occasions

After about 15 years I was exhausted

and tired of working just about all day everyday

and so I “retired”

Many of my customers were friends and occasionally they will ask me

to please please could you paint me a ___________

“Hey Jenna, could you paint a cake dome for my mom”

asked one of HHjr’s friends

“She loves the one she has and now she wants one

for their new lake house” he said

“What should I put on it or what colors?” I asked

“Navy blue, white and green, oh and maybe light blue…” he said



My method for painting hydrangeas is simple,

the blooms are created with dabs of paint

I started with dark blue for the bottom of the blooms,

and a few dabs in the middle

When I paint objects I use a towel covered lazy Susan

so I can easily spin it to paint all the sides

Next I mixed a medium blue for the blooms centers

Then I added white to the medium blue but barely mixed it

so it would mix on the glass as I dabbed it with my brush,

leaving some areas more white

Then I added a few leaves using a fat round brush

making quick leaf shaped strokes

Since I wasn’t sure exactly what shade of green she wanted,

I mixed a medium green with dark green and yellow

so many of the leaves had several green variations

I added white dots around the top knob

and a few in between the flowers around the dome

A line of leaves and blue dots are painted on the edge of the stand

I must admit I let this sit on my kitchen island for a few days

so I could enjoy it before I boxed it up!

Special Tips for Glass Painting

  1. Always use a curable paint that is made for painting on glass. Curable means after the paint has dried for 24 hours, it is baked in the oven to make the glass safe for washing and top rack dishwasher safe. I use a Folk Art glass enamel available on Amazon here. It is not food safe so only use it on the edges of plates and platters if using for food
  2. Practice your strokes on a piece of tin foil as it is slick like glass or ceramics
  3. Keep a rag, Q-tips and clean water near by in case you make a mistake, you can wipe the paint right off before it dries and try again
  4. Make dots by using the tip of the brush handle and dip it in paint then dab it on the surface. You can also use the eraser end of a pencil for larger dots
  5. Use a lazy Susan to easily access all sides of the object you are painting

I ordered the cake dome from Amazon here

I love this style because you can use it in a variety of ways

Have fun and Be Fearless!

I had several requests to color the Garden Fantasy we drew last week

And to add it to my Society 6 Shop

So, I did…the Magic of Color!

Garden Fantasy is available on a variety of items

You can see them here

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest / Karin’s Cottage Linky Party 

Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Full Plate Thursday / Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade/ Home Matters

48 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Blue Hydrangea Cake Dome”
  1. Ann Woleben says:

    The cake dome is so lovely. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. Thank you for sharing your technique.

  2. Mary says:

    So pretty Jenna! I’m sure HHjr’s friend’s mom will be thrilled with her cake dome! Love your garden fantasy colorized too! Happy Friday. ♥

  3. Well, I have to say that looks so much more beautiful than my plain old glass cake dome (which looks much the same as what you started with!). The hydrangeas are a beautiful choice and you did them so well. I’m sure she was thrilled!

  4. Love it for 40 different reasons!

  5. It looks like real hydrangeas sitting inside a cake stand!

  6. lghiggins says:

    So beautiful. Painting a glass stand is something I would never have thought of. I can see how you could have a full time business painting glass, but now you can really diversify (and enjoy your grandchildren)!

    • Thank you Linda, yes when I retired it was to explore other things and that is when I started my blog to push myself to try new things and have time to paint canvases and do other things. I do still enjoy painting glassware, but not multiples of the same thing like I did before!

  7. Pam says:

    Jenna, I love the hydrangeas you painted on the cake dome. I know HHjr’s friend’s mother loves it! I can see a lovely coconut cake under the dome. Your creativity knows no bounds! Happy Friday!

  8. The cake dome is absolutely gorgeous!

  9. So very stunning! Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers and this cake dome is a very lovely keepsake!

  10. NikiLEOwife says:

    You’re so talented! I know I tell you that often lol. The cake dome turned out beautiful.

  11. Rhonda says:

    Jenna, That’s beautiful!! Prettiest thing that I’ve seen recently.

  12. Beautifully done, you make it look so easy, but I know full well it takes more talent than I possess.

  13. pattyanneart says:

    Really beautiful, Jenna!! I love all of your painted glass. 💕

  14. Such a pretty cake dome – and I love how versatile this piece is!

  15. debracommonground says:

    Oh, I absolutely love this, Jenna. so gorgeous. I can imagine this was a fun business, but yes, it would really keep you busy!

  16. Debra R CANTALES says:

    I like your choice of cake dome that you got from Amazon. Very versatile! The hydrangeas you painted are gorgeous.

  17. Kim says:

    Jenna, someone else commented that it looked like real hydrangeas inside a cake dome and that’s exactly what I thought when I first saw it too. This is gorgeous and how lucky is HHjr’s friend’s mom to have this. I’d sure leave it on my counter to enjoy for a few days too. Just beautiful!

  18. Very pretty. I can see why so many friends and family are still asking for you to paint something for them. This post will be a feature this week. #HomeMattersParty

  19. I can see why you wanted to hang on to it for a bit so you could admire it ~ looks amazing ~ love! Your new products in your shop look great. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

  20. Linda Gray says:

    I look forward to Fearless Friday every week. The cake dome is beautiful! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  21. Jenna, hydrangeas are my favorite flower and your cake dome is gorgeous! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About link party! Thank you so much for sharing!

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