Goldfish Pond Gazing Ball
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Goldfish Pond Gazing Ball

Gazing balls are very popular in home garden décor. Why not make yours extra special by painting on it? Simply transfer the patterns and use Delta's Air-Dry PermEnamel. Exclusive to
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
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Material List

  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Clear Satin Glaze
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint, Cantaloupe
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint, Cotton Candy Pink
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint, Fire Red
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint, Hunter Green
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint, Sea Foam Green
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint, Tangerine
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint, True Green
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Paint, Ultra White
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Retarder
  • Air-Dry PermEnamel Surface Conditioner
  • Gazing Ball with Copper Swirl Stand
  • Graphite paper, white
  • Paintbrush, angled shader, 3/8-inch
  • Paintbrush, flat large
  • Paintbrush, round, No. 4
  • Stylus
  • Tracing paper
  • Water container

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Trace designs to tracing paper. Cut out each individual design to make it easier to transfer to the gazing ball.

Step: 2

Apply surface conditioner to gazing ball following manufacturer's directions. Allow to dry completely.

Step: 3

Place designs gazing ball, positioning as desired. Note: Dragonfly should be placed at top and fish towards the bottom with leaves and frog in the middle of the ball.

Step: 4

For best results, start painting at the top of the ball. Double load (dip brush into one color, then tip into second color) round brush with Hunter Green and Sea Foam Green. Paint dragonfly body, starting at head. Reload brush as necessary.

Step: 5

With angled shader, float wings with Ultra White. It may be necessary to allow the first coat to dry, then apply a second coat to top edges of wings. Detail lines on wings and antennae are done with Ultra White using liner brush.

Step: 6

Base leaves with True Green. Allow to dry and apply a second coat. Highlight leaves with Limeade and shade with Hunter Green. Vein lines are done with Hunter Green using the liner brush.

Step: 7

Base flowers with Cotton Candy Pink. When dry, load angle shader brush with Cotton Candy and tip into Fire Red - work back and forth on disposable plate to blend. Keeping the darker color to the center of the flower, shade petals to separate. Brush mix Cotton Candy and Fire Red and pull detail lines from center of flower using liner brush.

Step: 8

Paint centers with Cantaloupe. Add dots of Tangerine at the bottom and dots of Ultra White at the top of the centers. Using Ultra White with the liner brush, loosely outline the flower petals as shown in the detail picture.

Step: 9

Paint frog with Sea Foam Green. Apply a second coat of Sea Foam Green to frog. Shade with Hunter Green. Highlight frog with Ultra White. Eyes are Hunter Green, highlighted with Ultra White. Load angled shader with Retarder, then tip into Limeade to brighten back and tops of back legs of frog. Add dots of Hunter Green on back and upper legs.

Step: 10

All goldfish are painted in the same manner. Paint head of goldfish with Cantaloupe. Paint body with Tangerine. Apply a second coat of each color for opaque coverage. Shade face with Tangerine and highlight with Ultra White. Brush mix Tangerine with Fire Red to shade body.

Step: 11

Lightly apply Ultra White to fins and tails, these should remain transparent. Pull detail lines with Ultra White using liner brush. Shade fins and tail where they meet the body of the fish lightly with Tangerine. The eyes are a large dot of Hunter Green with Tangerine eyelids. Add a dot of Ultra White to highlight eyes. Scale details and lips are done with Fire Red using the liner brush.

Step: 12

When completely dry, brush 2 coats of Clear Glaze over the designs, avoiding unpainted areas of the gazing ball. Allow to cure for 7 days prior to placing in your garden.


Make sure to use Surface Conditioner prior to painting.

Do not use water with paints, use Retarder if necessary to help blend paint.

Allow paint to cure for 7 days prior to placing outside for best results.

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