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Glass painting
Glass paint ing Designs: Origin
Gujarat was the cradle of Glass painting in India. This art painting f orm made its appearance in the
eighteenth century. Glass painting designs and patterns comprises of engravings laid down on the back of
the glass, and they are painted f rom the reverse.
Chinese artists who had settled in Gujarat inf luenced the local traditions of producing glass paintings
designs also known as glass painting art. In India, painting on glass has been carried f orward as a
treasured legacy and today it is noted f or its thematic variety, sheer brilliance, stunning clarity and use of
rich colors.
Basic Mat erial and Tools
Cleaning Fluids / Thinner / Glass Cleaning Solution or Nail polish remover can also be used.
Painting surf aces ( Glass ,Mirror ,Clear Plastic, Acetate Sheets(transparent sheets) or Bottles )
Glass Colors (Fevicryl or creative craf t) what you pref er
Outliner readymade or can make at home . Learn to make glass liners at home at
(glass painting outliners)
Cotton Buds & Cotton roll(Cotton buds are invaluable f or mopping up the Mistakes.)
So lets start
Clean your glass with Dry cotton then with Glass cleaner or thinner or with water.
Step ---2
Set your Design or pattern under the Glass on a plain surf ace like Table.
Use the Outliner and Draw the design over the glass.
Then Let the Outliner f or some time like 10 to 15 or 20 minutes to dry.
Then color it with your f avorite colors. If any color comes out then use cotton buds to adjust it .And Use
thinner if any color comes out the Design or dropped on any area of the surf ace.
Let it Dry....and now your First painting is ready. Frame it and hang it.
Useful tips and techniques to improve glass painting design
Take a theme if making more than one
painting. It could be Krishna, angels, nature
or any other of your choice
Do no change the position of glass
while doing work. Stick you pattern with
glass tape, or another simple idea i f ollow
is, v can mark the f our corners of the glass
on the design pattern with pencil, so even if
it moves, we will know the exact position
To avoid bubbles do not shake the bottle bef ore painting... take little quantity...and apply in layers...Still if
bubbles persist than burst it with a pin immediately.
Adapt normal paintings or photographs into glass painting designs, download a picture that you like and
convert it to a glass painting template by yourself & paint.
When you apply the paint on the outlined design, make sure the surface is flat or else colour will spill in
other areas.
Beginners start with designs having wide areas to paint rather the very intricate designs
To observe mistakes always work with good light possible if the light comes f rom down .Close the f an
while painting else the thinner in the colour will evaporate.
Once you have painted, never leave the painting in a bright open place else the color may f ade and
dust may accumulate if its a open space
Never use a brush always work with nozzle provided by the company otherwise patches will appear.
If you want to give shading f or (e.g under water ef f ect) to regular stain glass colours you can give light
shades in certain areas, also leave certain areas blank and f ew with dark colours. .You can make colour light
by adding white colour ,f or brightness you can add yellow f or high tones you can add black or blue....the
trick is how u spread d colours .For outline you can use black liner or camlins transparent one.
For skin colour use brown with white or f lesh tint color which is available in camlin
To paint on curved surfaces you need f ast drying poly utherine medium and good quality glass
strainers. It dries out in 2 minutes. Poly utherine medium is around 500/ per liters and glass strainers are
around 150 to 200/ per 100 ml. But they are dif f icult to f ind.
Normally when we store unframed glass painting . Cloth or paper sticks on the paint to avoid this
sandwich the painting. Ideally it should be sandwiched with a glass piece when it is dry but you can also use
OHP paper, the bubble plastic sheet
To prevent your glass colours f rom get t ing dry
I think there is no solution f or storing colors f or a long period of time , but keep using them and use thinner
if they little gets or buy small bottles
To remove old glass paint ing designs
Use a razor but you have to be caref ul otherwise scratches will appear.
Another way is put a wet cloth on the painting and let it choke it f or a day. The next day you will f ind it
easy as the paints will be half way out.
One can also use nail polish remover or thinner
Framing glass paint ing designs
Framing the painting on reverse side
makes a painting look neat and you dust
does not stick on the painting ,but it can
sometimes f raming the painting on reverse
side makes them look a bit dull
To avoid that you can sandwich the
painting...that is...put another glass-a thin
glass-on top of the painting and f rame
it....this way paintings are saf er because
solvents and air dont come in contact with
the painting and also it does not look dull...
You even try f raming the painting the regular way seal it with card board, and can set any coloured
paper/sheet, as per your requirement, it wont look dull and will actually give a lot of brightness..
You can also use the background as foil f or your glass painting design
For this you crumple the f oil ( one that is use in kitchen), and then straighten it out, so that it is f ull of
wrinkles and put t behind the painting .This def initely gives it a dif f erent look as the portions without color
would also look f illed, and won't stand out as much.
Add new dimensions t o your glass paint ing Design
(painting made by using oil colours on glass)
-Use oil colours on glass it takes time to dry but shading
comes out great. Oil colour is used with linseed as base. Fill
the colours f irst with of brush. Then take small ball of cotton
and a small piece of cotton cloth with f ine mesh (pref erably
used one new cotton cloth have starch) place the cotton in
the center of the cloth and then make small pouch. Now using
the pouch mix the colours together using small strokes... see
the ef f ect. Use colours liberally else empty patches may
develop while using this technique.
- Acrylic colour can also be your choice to enhance your
glass painting design as it takes less time to dry and the result
is bright. Use f lat brush to apply colour.
-Gel colours can also be used on glass it gives a very
beautif ul glossy ef f ect. Gel colour has a combination of
hardener and gel and is available
in any store easily.
- f or the tinted effect you can use f evicyrl f abric glue, af ter
giving the outline, let it dry and then put some glue and make
the surf ace rough by using a brush.... let it dry f or 24 hrs... then apply solvent based stain glass colors.. not
water based colors!!!
-f or the crystals effect..... You get the crystals f rom the art shops.. stick it wit the f abric glue.... af ter
leaving it f or 24 hrs... use water based stain glass colors!!!!
( a tanjore style glass painting)
-f or Tanjore glass painting design you can use
oil colors, stone paints(f or jewels),gold dust with
varnish(gold ornaments).
Experimenting with glass painting
Do not restrict yourself to painting stain glass
painting only you can also make
( photof rame made using glass paints)
( use of glass paint on cutlery to make it even
more attractive)
Looking mirror(Make design on the edges of the
Cards(With transparent sheets/ Acetate sheets)
Book marks(With transparent sheets/ Acetate sheets)
Photo f rames
Decorate boxes , windows ,doors
Bottles, plates, drinking glasses, water jars.
Try it on kitchen storage bottles they look very pretty when put
Take a piece of polished glass, paint it, and use as a bracelet
with chain or as a pendant.
Do check out links f or glass painting design on the right side of
the blog.
Reverse glass painting
In Reverse Glass Painting the artist paint on one side of the glass, while it is viewed f rom the other side.
Basically the non- painted surf ace will be the side that is displayed.
The technique is a little unusual and tricky initially.
There are two tricks involved
First : We should trace the mirror image of the design if the design is not symmetrical. For eg. The artist
signature would be traced as they will be seen in a looking mirror.Because the painting is viewed f rom the
opposite side
Second:In normal glass painting we make the background f irst and then the f iner details. But in case of
Reverse glass painting we will make the f iner details f irst and the the background. For eg If we have to
make a hand with jewellery. We would paint the jewellery f irst and then the hand.One has to keep in mind
that whatever appears in the f oreground is painted f irst. Another example is normally we will paint the f ace
f irst and then the f eatures like eyes, nose, eyebrows and lips whereas in Reverse glass painting the
f eatures are painted f irst f ollowed by the f ace .
Method of Reverse glass painting
Material required
Glass paints
out liner
Tracing paper
Lets start
Choose a design
Stick the design with tape on the corners and make the outline of the design. Remember the the design
should be of mirror image.Now do the outlining .You can use black colour outliner or any colour of your
choice. (To make outliners at home check out glass liners)
First put glass paints f or shiny items like jewels, decoration etc.Make the f iner details f irst.
Step 4
Later colour the background
Tips and tricks
Use gold ef f ect f or jewellery. But remember that the
jewellery would be painted f irst.
Wait patiently f or the paint to dry .Other wise when you
will apply paint over it , it may smudge
You can use oil paints also if you want make any painting
of Traditional f igures or God and goddess.
Hope this inf ormation has helped you . Do have a look on
links to f ind designs on your right. Do post your
comments and ideas on the tag board on the right. If you
are interested in other f orms of painting then click the link
Rangoli Designs
Madhubani Painting
Warli Painting
So just start and decorate your house with these inspiring and glittering Glass painting pieces.
Normally you can f ind glass liners easily in market. But you can make glass painting liner at your home also.
Its just so simple and also you have a choice of any colour you want make.
Mat erial
Ceramic powder
Fevicol(Quantity that can dissolve ceramic)
Fabric colour (Any colour of your choice)
A small container and spoon( to mix the above)
Plastic sheet (to make cone)
Cello tape
So let s st art .
First make a cone of the plastic sheet and f ix it with cello tape.
Mix ceramic, f evicol and f abric colour in a container with a spoon.
Mix it well so that there are no lumps in the solution.
Pour the solution in the cone and close it with help of cellotape.
Your glass liner is ready to use
Tips and t rick.
Make the solution a little thick and dont add water
Make sure the tip of the cone is perf ect.
Use lots of cello tape so that the cone does not leak
You can use this outliner not only on glass but also on any other surf ace .
Experiment with colours
Check out the links f or glass painting design on the right side of the blog. If you have an Interest to learn
other f orm of art Madhubani Then Check outTips f or making Madhubani Painting.
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