wow! those are pretty fabulous! i can think of, oh, only about a million applications for this technique!
i'm curious: why fabric paint as opposed to other kinds of paint? have you experimented with other stuff and found they didn't scrape off after you etched? i guess fabric paint wouldn't have been my first thought, but you must have a good reason.
also, it looks like there's some residual marks left from the black paint; does that ever come off, or do you have to expect it when you do this?
again, these are amazing, and thank you for sharing them and your technique with the paint stencil! lurve them!
What other paints were you thinking?
I chose fabric paints for a few reasons:
1. It comes conveniently packaged with a thin nozzle tip for easier dispensing, no need for brushes
2. The dimensional paint is pretty thick, so that it can be spread around a bit as needed, and also that ensures good coverage of the area you want covered so that the etching cream will not accidently eat through
3. When dried, it has good adherence, like a well applied decal, so the cream cannot eat under the edges, it maintains a good edge and barriar against the cream
4. When dried, it is not so adherent that a craft knife can't be used to pick away at the excess if there are areas you want etched that have been covered by the cream.
5. It has good viscosity, so even if there is a heavy layer of it, it will seldom ooze down the piece if you have to stand it up to dry
6. It does come off easily with a bit of rubbing under the water - BUT I found that once on your counter, do not leave it sitting there, because when it dries, it will STAY on your counter unless you chisel it off- which is why I don't suggest running it down your drain, in case it cements to the side of the pipe and eventually blocks the pipe.
I still have letters stuck on my basement counter from when I did my etched wine bottles for oil this summer.
Other conventional paints would not necessarily work because they may not be thick and viscous enough, and when dry, they may still bleed when in contact with the etching cream because it is a solution.
The stray marks you see are probably the "bloom" from the etching cream slightly etching beyond the area of the stencil after it has been washed off. There are definitely no black marks on the end product. It's very light, highlighted by the flash. However, that occurs when the cream has brief contact with the clear glass, even diluted. I knew that would happen, and did not mind it - but that is also why I put a thicker outline around the immediate stencil. I was going to etch another thing behind the unicorn, but changed my mind in case my idea failed. But if you want your glass to be completely clear around the stencil, either cover a much larger area with paint, or cover the bulk of the glass with tape, leaving your area to be stenciled uncovered, then paint your stencil on.