Picture of Faux Stained Glass Owl
I wanted to experiment with using acrylic paint and regular glass to make "stained glass". I have worked with the stained glass and it's a lot of fun, and you can be very creative.  But recently, I have become more interested in recyling available materials, and making do with what I have.  Picture frame glass is plentiful at garage sales all the time, and is very affordable.  I have tons of acrylic paint collected and used thru the years, so why not combine the two and see what happens?  Hence this instructable. 

Step 1: Obtain A Pattern (Or Design One)

Picture of Obtain A Pattern (Or Design One)
To demonstrate the effectiveness of my "faux stained glass", I chose the owl pattern.  This can be obtained from the website:http://www.glasscrafters.biz.  It's always possible to design and draw your own creation, as well. I make a minimum of two copies of each pattern...makes layout much easier, and is a necessary step in the procedure.
douglas42326 days ago

Thank you for making this! My grandfather that past away last year did alot of stain glass for family and his church and I wanted to start it but I was too young. Now I would really like to try it and this has the basics of it.

Creativeman (author)  douglas42326 days ago

You are welcome, it is a good basic technique and am sorry your grandfather won't see your work.

He also painted and took photos. I might also try those He would have been proud that I am doing some of his hobbies.
ea7fnj1 year ago
That's awesome!! How big is it? Which is the size?
Creativeman (author)  ea7fnj1 year ago
Thanks...see step 6.
I like it. Not what I expected from a "faux" technique. The brush strokes are much more noticable when it's back-lit, but without the light box it looks just like a mix of Kokomo colors. This technique could be really useful when I just *can't* find the right color (ahem, I never have the right PINK!). By integrating different types of acrylic paint (metallics, glow-in-the-dark, etc.) a lot of really cool effects could be obtained. Great 'ible!
I didn't think it would allow as much light as it did because of the opacity of the colors, I was surprised by the lightbox picture. Beautiful work. 
Creativeman (author)  boomowthathurt5 years ago
Thanks, boom. Cman
Very Pretty!
Creativeman (author)  Very Interesting5 years ago
Thank you!
Scarletti245 years ago
This looks so fun! 
Do you have any tips for someone that is just starting out with this kinda stuff? I've been looking for something new to do, and this looks like just the ticket! 
Creativeman (author)  Scarletti245 years ago
Thanks for your interest.  I learned by taking classes, reading books, and now, of course we have the internet...best advice: just start!  Good luck. Cman
chabias5 years ago
Nice 'Ible! Love the way your light box turned out. Well done.
Creativeman (author)  chabias5 years ago
Thanks chabias! Cman
This is very cool!  It's hard to tell it's not real stained glass.  Nice job!
Creativeman (author)  tbirdchick415 years ago
Thanks alot tbird! Cman
Ninzerbean5 years ago
This is one of your best ible's ever, I love it!
Creativeman (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Thank you so much, NB! Good to hear from you, as always. Cman