Glass Painting - Beginner's Guide
Beginners Guide to Glass Painting - Part 1
Glass paints are brightly
coloured liquid paints that are either water or solvent-based. You can use them
to decorate vases, drinking glasses, plates or mirrors but they are equally
effective when used to paint onto a thin sheet of plastic (acetate) that you can
buy in any stationers. Once dry, the pictures can be cut out and stuck onto
cards, framed as they stand or used to create pendants, suncatchers or other 3D
Glass painted card
The major manufacturers of glass paint and outliner tubes are Pebeo, Marabu and
Vitrea. When you make your purchase, check whether or not they are water-based.
Unlike watercolour painting, you don't use water or solvent to thin the paint
but you do need to use the correct medium when cleaning your equipment and also
when rinsing your brush between different colours. To thin your paint, buy a
bottle of the appropriate thinner and drop in a little once you have poured out
some paint onto your palette. You can buy a wide range of colours but you can
also mix your own in a palette just like acrylic or watercolour paint.
Bottles of glass paint
Glass paint dries hard,
so make sure you wash your brushes and palette in the appropriate medium as soon
as you have finished painting.
There are two different
methods you can use when painting with glass paints:
1. Paint in
the normal way, letting the colours run together like watercolour paints.
2. First draw a thick black, silver, gold or other coloured outline round all
the sections of your picture. When the lines are completely dry, fill in each
section in turn.
Tubes of outliner
If you prefer
to copy a picture rather than create it from scratch, both glass and acetate can
be used exactly like tracing paper. For flat glass objects or acetate sheets,
place the drawing you want to trace underneath your surface and outline or paint
straight over it.
Place glass over picture
You can keep the
drawing in place by sticking your acetate sheet or glass object down with
masking tape. For curved objects like a vase or drinking glass, you will need to
stick the picture inside first of all before you can trace its outline. One
trick for a plate or shallow bowl is to turn it over and paint onto the back so
that the picture shows through but there is no risk of it being scratched off
when you actually use the item for real.
For a stained glass effect, you need to use the method where you create an
outline. Like squeezing toothpaste, drag a little of the colour from your tube
along the lines of the drawing you are tracing.