You don’t have to be a professional to create glass paintings at home. It can be a relaxing exercise, and you can learn it in the afternoon. Here are some tips on how to go about painting glass.
You don’t need expensive glassware:
The glassware is only the base for your painting, and you sure don’t need the collectors ’ edition. What matters is your painting. So find some inexpensive items from your neighborhood thrift store or garage sale.
Prepare your surface:
Dirt and grease hinder paint from properly adhering to the glass. Be sure to wash and clean your glassware thoroughly. Before painting clean the glass with isopropyl alcohol.
Decide on the design:
Make up your mind on what type of design you will use for your piece. Will it be a raised pattern, just some color to the surface, freehand design, stained glass look, stenciling? Plan your design and sketch it to guide you. Keep all the required tools and the paint at the ready.
Buy the Right Paint:
Each type of glass paint will achieve a different look and finish. Opaque colors can be used for a solid look, on the glass and ceramic pieces. Transparent paints are a great way to create see-through paintings for your glass. Some paints help you achieve that raised look for your art. These paintings can also give you the stained glass look. You also get specialty paints to provide you with a shiny or glittering look.
Have your tools ready:
To make your painting experience hassle-free and enjoyable keep everything you need handy. You will need brushes of various sizes, cotton swabs and alcohol to clean your mistakes, paper towels and rags, painter tapes, and stencils in case you are looking to use a stenciled design.
Making the painting:
If you are painting on a flat surface, you can draw your design on a sheet of paper. Now place the sheet on a table with face up. Place the glass surface over the paper and trace your drawing on the glass. After you have the outline, you can apply the paint in layers.
Cure the paint:
Glass paints typically look paler when they dry, and you might have to appear two or three coats to achieve the color you wish. It is important to read the paint manufacturers’ instructions on how to set the paint. Some paints will airdry over a few weeks. Some paints can be baked and set in an oven. In some cases, the paint may be intentionally temporary and will peel off over time.
Be aware of limitations:
Sometimes the painting may not appear as smooth as you hoped. Brushstrokes can be visible even after the picture has dried completely. You can try applying the pain in multiple thin, smooth coats to minimize effects. The glitter in glass paints might not cover the surface as thoroughly as you expect. Glass paints are usually not food safe, and you should avoid using painted glassware in the kitchen.
Despite the few limitations, glass painting is fun and simple craft that can be taken up by anyone irrespective of their skill level.