To start, my mother gave me my grand mothers garden table. The table frame is not pictured, but it is a spinly wraught iron frame with some floral work at the corners. When the frame is painted I will post more pictures.
Glass top table:
You can find these at thrift stores or lying dormat in your house waiting to be prettied up.
Paints: I used cheapo craft acrylic for this one, but if you want transparency you can buy some colored glosses, or use actual glass paint or fuax stain glass paint. Keep in mind the size of your glass top when you are buying paint so you don't have to go out and buy more again.
Sealer: Paint on glass can scratch if you are not careful, so a spray on or paint on is fine, if you are in a pinch spray paint does the trick too since you would be putting it on the back side of the glass anyway.
WHEN PAINTING SEALER ON BE VERY GENTLE OR YOUR LAYERS OF PAINT WILL COME OFF! I would suggest using a spray sealer.
Glue: decoupage glue is good. I use Modge podge because its super clear and light and usually does not alter the colors very much when you use it. NO ELMERS GLUE PLEASE ^_^
Stuff to stick on : For my table I surfed the web and found a large picture of one of Arthur Rackham's illustrations from Alice in Wonderland. I re sized it and printed it out. Make sure the image is flipped to the side you want it facing when the table is back together since the picture will be glued face down when you are painting the table.( Note: If you resize things on your comp, and it gets all pixely you can blur the picture lightly to minimize the pixely-ness.) Otherwise its up to you if its primarily flat.. Here are some ideas: Magazine cut outs, sheet music, old gloves, flat beads, ribbon, fabric, small chains, wire, brandz tags, small tiles, broken glass,
ect ect ect.
When working with glass you are putting everything on the bottom side, so the top is smooth and the decor will not be damaged. So, you will have to do everything BACKWARDS. Background goes on last, any thing you want infront of something else will go on before the other pieces. Take your time and plan out what you are doing so you do not have a mess.
Its hard to get smooth paint coverage on glass because it does not absorb anything. I used a foam stipple brush, so depending on how much or how little texture you want will determine the brush size and weight. If you want totally smooth, use spray paint for the back ground.
Tips and things:
Irridecent paints and details look very nice.
Let each "layer" dry completely.
DO NOT use brush on watery paints ontop of dried paints!Why?
In regular painting, the paint can grip a canvas or wood ect, but with glass it can't grip anything so when water is added your paint may lift off so seal the parts you will paint with watery paint before you do it.
Big Tip: Have FUN!
If you have any questions lemme know!