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Glass Painting Techniques
Want to learn different glass painting techniques? Here are some simple steps explained to learn different forms of this beautiful art. In this article, we will be describing the methods for painting stained, wine, and reverse glass.
Megha Tiwari
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2017
Glass painting is one of the most popular visual arts. It has reduced the gap between fine art and folk art. In fact, it is a perfect blend of both. These days it has been incorporated in many ways. Reverse glass painting techniques are similar to the usual techniques. While painting a stained glass, the glass is colored by using a powdered metal whereas in reverse glass, a clear glass is used to which colors are added. This kind of painting was popularized because of its use by some renowned artists, like Klee and Gainsborough.
Different Techniques
Stained Glasses
Stained glasses are painted in a unique combination of artistic skills, color, and imagination. This art needs perseverance and patience to excel in. Use the techniques very carefully to enjoy learning this art.
  • Wire
  • Paint
  • Dropper
  • Ink pen
  • Glass stopper
  • Liquid lead applicator
  • Paper sketch of a pattern
  • Acrylic paint or glass stains
Thoroughly clean the base of your glass. If the glass is translucent, then keep the paper sketch of the desired pattern beneath the glass. The carbon paper should be kept facing downwards on the glass below it. You can use tape to stick the paper to the glass to inhibit it from moving. Once the paper is in place and you have the coloring material ready, start tracing.
Open a part of the applicator bottle with the help of a pocket knife in such a way that the head of leaking liquid lead has an appropriate width for the glass painting. With the help of a heated wire make a hole of about one-sixteenth of an inch on the cap of the applicator. Press the bottle gently so that you get an even stream of the resulting lead. For a smooth flow, you can keep the bottle in warm water as well. The pressure applied on the bottle should be uniform by holding it at a forty-five degree angle to the glass. Make sure you clean the tip after drawing each line. Now it's time to color the painting.
Make the different shades by adding dark colors to the lighter ones. Add drop by drop and test the shades before applying because the colors look lighter when applied on the glass. The shade of the first stain should be lighter and later the dark shades should be introduced to blend with the lighter shades. Use glass stoppers to allow the smooth flow of stain. Check for the dust particles afterwards and remove the bubbles with the help of a dropper. Cover the painting until it dries. You can even make a decorative stained glass window film in a similar way for your house.
Wine Glasses
Painting tall wine glasses can turn an ordinary, old wine glass into a beautiful work of art by simply following these points.

  • Glass paint
  • Wine glass
  • Painting brush
Draw the design or pattern of your choice on the trace paper. Take a wine glass, preferably with a smooth surface because it's easy to draw on them and handle them for painting. You can also use glasses with cut outs. Prepare shades by mixing the colors, or you can use the paint directly. Paint the glass from outside and wait for at least an hour to apply the second layer. Use one color at a time. Let the paint dry completely, and protect it from dust. Hand-painted wine glasses will add to the beauty of your home decor.
Reverse Glass Painting
Though this type of painting looks complicated, it is quite simple. Follow the steps carefully.

  • Craft glue
  • Gel marker
  • Plastic sheet
  • Glitter marker
  • Paint sticks
  • Drawing paper
  • Black construction paper
  • Permanent marker of different colors
Make the desired design on the drawing paper, and trace it on the plastic sheet with a black permanent marker. Turn over the sheet to avoid rubbing off the outlines. Copy the outline on the reverse side of the glass just the way you did it during stained glass painting. The only difference is that it is on the reverse side of the glass. Use glitter paints to highlight the outlines. This work of art would look beautiful if hung on a window with sunlight allowed to pass through it.
Simply using the above mentioned techniques and following some painting tips, you would learn to master this unique art. Glass painting is a great idea for school projects for kids, young and old, as the requirements are not many and techniques are not difficult to learn.
Stained Glass
Wine glasses