Glass Painting

Types of Glass Paint

  • Air-Drying Paint - This kind of paint is also called "No Bake Paint." Air drying paint can sit and dry in the open for several days to set. This type of paint should only be used for decorative objects as it will not stand to be washed often or handled excessively.
  • Thermohardening Paint - This type of paint is baked in an oven in order for it to set. Items painted with this paint can be washed and handled. This makes it great for dishes and glasses.

Glass Painting Equipment

  • Sponges - Various types and thickness of sponge can be used to apply paint to your glass. When sponging paint on to glass, gently press the sponge against your glass rather than brushing it on. This will give you a softer look than brushing on paint.
  • Stencils - Stencils are great for transfering patterns to your glass. To create an original design you can draw on a piece of acetate. You can use several rubber bands to temporarily attach a stencil to your glass to apply paint.
  • Tape - Masking or painting tape can be used to cover certain areas of your glass to keep the paint off it. In addition, two pieces of tape can be placed in parallel to create perfectly straight lines.

Glass Painting Basics

  1. The first step in glass painting is to clean the glass. Wash your glass in warm, soapy water and rinse well. Allow your glass to dry throughly.
  2. Next, you'll want to condition your glass to prepare it for painting. Wipe your glass with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. Once again, allow the glass to dry throughly.
  3. The third step is to paint your glass. See above to read about the different kinds of glass paint.
  4. Finally, you'll want to seal your paint onto the glass. This step will be different depending on what type of glass paints you choose to use. Air dry paints can be left to dry in the open while thermohardening paints need to be baked to seal the design onto the glass.


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