Glass Painting Tutorial


Hello Buddies :)

I am back again :)  As the title suggests today’s post is a tutorial to make your own glass painting. Are you a person who likes paintings but haven’t tried one or don’t know how to do them ? Then today’s post is for YOU. Yes anyone can make a glass painting. Glass painting is one of the simplest painting method. No need of great painting or drawing skills, a little practice and patience is all you need (Of course you will need supplies ;))Glass painting

You can own a gorgeous glass painting without breaking your wallet and that too a painting made by you isn’t it special ? In this post I will give you a simple step by step tutorial to make glass paintings. Me and my cousin Bro did this painting together it was a nice experience :) This was one of my favourite paintings. Ok Lets move on to the tutorial.

Supplies you will need:
supplies

  • Glass for painting ( any size of your choice)
  • A design to be copied
  • Glass paint (Water based)
  • Glass Out-liner.

My Method :

  1. Get a glass of desired size from any glass shop.
  2. Choose a design You can either get a glass painting design book or download designs from internet.You will get loads of designs in the internet.
  3. Re size your design as per your need ( according to the size of your glass )
  4. Clean the glass surface before starting to paint.
  5. Place the glass on top of the design printout so that you can trace the design on the glass.
  6. Now secure the design printout and glass in place on a flat surface using painters tape or cellophane tape.taped picture
  7. Make sure this arrangement doesn’t move or shake until you finish your painting.
  8. Now trace the outlines of the design on the glass using glass outliner. Its like putting mehandi.
  9. Start from the top and proceed to the bottom of the design so that you won’t smudge the lines.Complete the design.
  10. Try to make continuous lines then it will look neat.liner
  11. Don’t worry if you make any mistakes you can wipe it with a cloth, For smaller curves where you can’t use cloth you can wipe with ear buds
  12. Once you complete the design outlining. Allow it to dry for 10 to 15 mins.Complete outline
  13. After the outline is dry you can start filling colours inside the shapes.
  14. You can even mix up the colours or give single colours alone.
  15. When you are mixing colours mix it as soon as you pour it out before it dries.
  16. Avoid double coats. Once the paint is dry It will not mix with other colours.
  17. While pouring the colours avoid bubbles. If suppose you got bubbles break them with a needle or pin.colouring
  18. Use small paint brush to paint smaller areas of the of the design.
  19. Once the design is completed allow it to dry for 30 to 40 mins.Completed Painting
  20. Now reverse the glass and frame it.
  21. You can place crushed silver foil behind the painting as background while framing it.
  22. Frame it ! Hang it ! :) Thats it Gorgeous glass painting ready.  Frame

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52 thoughts on “Glass Painting Tutorial

  1. What a cool idea! And I love the silver foil you added as a background – I wouldn’t have thought to add foil behind the piece, but it totally works. I am definitely pinning this!

  2. This is a simple and beautifully presented tutorials…..I have done few paintings but never knew that I need to reverse the glass and frame….Thanks so much!!! Best Wishes…. :)

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  5. Really wonderful designs of glass painting. I visited your blog while I was looking for some information about my blog post about glass painting. I found your blog is really informative and like tutorial. I want to add these images to the above blog with backlink to you. If ok please respond to the above post. I will be also love you to contribute to snydle.com

    Regards
    Sajith

  6. very pretty work and intelligent too in using the silver foil :)
    Can you suggest some color brands, also is there a way to make these paintings water proof?

    • Thanks Manidipa :)

      I have used hobby ideas colour. And why do you want to make the painting water proof ?.If you reverse it and frame it no need to worry about water spilling on the painting you can clean the glass. But avoid direct sunlight on the painting to have longer life.

      • I wanted to paint on some glass containers and that is why the water proofing question :) any suggestions on that? or are there other colors available for that?

      • Yes Then you can go for solvent based glass paint colours but it will take longer time to dry more than two hrs. The ones I have used are water based. There is also Glass paint varnish available in stores

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  9. Hello Lakshmi, I have tried doing many glass paintings but every time I face problem in drawing a continuous line with liner as the liner suddenly stops flowing out of the tube.kindly give some tips on it.
    Regards
    Usha

    • Hi Usha,
      Before starting squeeze a little outliner into a tissue to check for blockages or air bubbles in the nozzle. As you work, keep wiping the tip. If you have difficulty with glass liner try 3D fabric liner they flow easily. But the drawback is they will create thicker lines

      • Hi Lakshmi,
        Thanks for your guidance.
        wanted few tips for color mixing,i tried mixing up colors and it endedup standing separate and did not mix at all. what’s the solution?? kindly advice.

      • Hi usha,

        You have to pour both the colours simultaneously and mix it up with the bottle tip. If you are not comfortable then pour equal amount of both the colours on a plate or even a OHP sheet then mix them with a small brush and apply it qucikly.I used this method for the orange colour i mixed yellow and red. You can even try applying one layer after it dries apply the next coulor on it. This will also work out since the colours are look through I tried this technique for violet colour at the body of the peacock. But mixing the colours together directly gives the best effect as I have done on the feathers.

  10. ..Thanks lakshmi..i hav done few paintings but i didnt imagine mixing up of colours..this was realy informative..

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  12. Fantastic work … Kuddos to you :-)

    Do you have the design template?

    If so can you upload it?

    I am not really good at drawing, so if it is A4 I can take a print out and trace?

    In case if I want to do a bigger size do you have any simple idea how I can get a design trace?

  13. i have done many glass paintings but I have no idea how to frame it…Could you please tell me how to frame the glass? It has to be given to shops or can or can I do it at home?
    Also OHP sheets are easily available now. If i paint in OHP sheets will I be able to frame it?

  14. i took a quilling class . she was also into glass painting. travelling to learn crafts was tiring with the scorching heat. so i googled glass painting hoping to find a DIY from an indian ( cos the products are easy to secure ). Good i found yours. now, i need to rush to buy the colors and glass. thank you so much lakshmi. keep posting. and good luck !

  15. btw can u do a post on diy terracota jewellery. ?? i want to know about choosing clay,conditioning it and baking it at home. please do a post :)

  16. Nice blog..very informative..liked the silver foil usage. Would like to know how to get glossy or shining effect on the painting..what should we use? Also incase I want to paint the background in black r other color which paint should I use? Can I use acrylic paints too on glass or should I use only the hobby ideas glass paints? Thanks a lot.

  17. Woww.. It really helps me a lot.
    Would you please help me how to make a clay painting.. Wht materials will b need nd in wht proportion should i mix d material. I vl b thnkful to u.

  18. hi

    could u plz tel which side of the glass is to be painted

    either the drawn side or reverse side of the glass design

    thanks

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