It is said that the art of glass painting is suitable only for true artists. I can assure you that with this tutorial you will be able to try your hand at practice and become quite good in a few days (or months).
Step 1. Choose colors suitable for glass painting
There are 2 different types of glass paints: water based and non water based. Both have a good range of colors, which can be mixed with each other. Water-based paints can be diluted with water, the tools are easy to clean, the drying time is 20 minutes, although complete drying will take 2-3 days.
Non-water based paints can be diluted with ceramic thinner, brushes can be cleaned with white spirit, drying time is 2 hours, complete drying takes 8 hours
Step 2. Apply the paint
When filling in the contour areas with the brush, apply the paint generously with the brush or pipette. This way you will get a homogeneous effect on the glass. For a lighter effect, dilute the color with water for water-based paints or gloss paint for non-water-based paints. Always pour the paint onto a palette rather than taking it directly from the jar. This way you will avoid dirtying or diluting the colors.
The sponging technique is an alternative way of applying paint to glass, it is very suitable for covering large areas and for mixing colors when they are still wet. You can let the first coat of color dry and then proceed with the sponging in the second pass.
Step 3. Prepare the glass
Before starting to paint, remove all traces of dust and grease from the surface of the glass to ensure the color adheres well. Use a solvent such as white spirit or denatured alcohol.
Step 4. Add a final touch
I recommend that you protect the solvent-based paint with a coat of clear varnish. Glass paint is usually sold with a glossy or matte finish. Gloss varnish can be used as a thinner to achieve pastel shades, without affecting the transparency and depth of the color. The matte varnish gives the finish a frosted appearance. To add a finishing touch to the project, you can add beads or sequins with the help of tweezers, while the paint is still fresh. The fresh paint will act as glue, and you can add glitter by spreading it over the fresh paint. Well, congratulations! You have mastered the art of glass painting.
Glass paint should only be used on decorative items, the colors are not dishwasher safe. You can clean it by wiping the object with a damp cloth
Things You Will Need:
- Glass object
- White spirit
- Ballpoint pen.