Painting glass is extremely fun and is really easy to learn as long as you have the right resources, Painting Kits and guidelines that can find on the internet really easily. If you love arts and crafts and are looking for something new to try then this is definitely for you. The process of painting glass can be broken down into three easy steps, but as you paint more and more glass you will learn that the techniques for applying paint to glass are almost endless.
With all crafts, the first step is preparing for the craft you are about to perform and clean what you will be working on. In order to paint glass, you need to first remove all stickers and labels and then wash your glass in warm soapy water in order to remove the leftover sticky residue left on the glass from the stickers you just removed. Once you have let the glass dry thoroughly, wipe the area that is to be painted on the glass with a cotton ball that has been dipped in rubbing alcohol.
If you are a great artist then you can skip down to step number three, but if you aren’t the best artist in the world or you are new to arts and crafts in general then this is a step that you may want to pay attention to until you get the hang of painting glass. If you aren’t a great artist then the best way for you to paint glass is to transfer different patterns onto the glass so you can have something to follow, making the painting process a little easier for you. There are a couple of different ways you can accomplish this and it’s up to you to decide what is best or easiest for you.
Tracing: This is probably the easiest. All you need to do is make a pattern that is on a sheet of paper that you like and place the pattern on the inside or back of the object and secure it with tape. Glass is transparent so this is a great way to position a pattern so you can begin tracing your object or painting.
Carbon Paper: Place carbon paper (be sure it’s carbon side down) on the glass and place a copied pattern you’ve chosen on top of the carbon paper. Hole or tape in place and trace the patterns line with a ballpoint pen or other sharp object that will be sure to transfer the image onto the glass.
Now you are ready to paint. There are different paints to choose from, but most paints are air drying or thermo hardening paints. Air-drying paints do exactly what they say, they require no heat and air dry. The finish with air drying paints is not as durable as thermo hardening paints, so this paint should be used on pieces that will not be handled or used as much. Thermo hardening paints are baked in a regular oven, but after they’ve completely air-dried. Thermo hardening paints are great for objects that are used more often and can be handled and washed.
There are also two other types of paints to consider before painting glass as well. You have the choice of painting with water-based paints or solvent-based paints. Water-based paints are easy and great for beginners or professionals; they are easy to use, easy to clean up and easy to mix. Solvent-based paints are just as durable as water-based paints, but these require more preparation time and clean up.
This is an optional step but is recommended. You may want to seal your designs by applying a glaze or a gloss to give a polished appearance.