Step 1: Materials
Plaid Gallery Glass Acrylic Paint – comes in a variety of colors
Plaid Gallery Glass Liquid Leading – comes in black and gold
Glass – sheets of glass, wine bottles, windowpanes, anything works
Note: you can buy your supplies at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or order them online.
Step 2: Chose Your Pattern
For my paintings I’m going to be using some dragon pictures that that I've printed off from the Internet.
Step 3: Choosing Your Glass
For my project I'm actually going to paint it on a piece of Cling Wrap and later peel it off and glue it onto one of my windows.
Step 4: Draw Your Outline
4.1. First you slide your pattern underneath the glass sheet. (Or if you're feeling more ambitious you can free hand it)
4.2. Then take the cap off of your liquid leading and squeeze out a little bit to make sure that there are no clogs.
4.3. Use the liquid leading to trace the outline of your pattern.
4.4. Then place the sheet of glass somewhere safe and let it dry for at least twelve hours.
Note: if you smear the leading accidentally it can be easily removed with a paper towel or napkin granted that you catch it before it starts to dry.
For my project I'm making several small drawings on Cling Wrap and will later combine into a picture.
Step 5: Choosing Your Colors
You will also want to make sure that the color you choose is actually the right color. The colors look much different when in the bottle than on glass. You may want to make a palette of the colors your going to use to make sure that they're the right shade. Just dry a little dot of each color on a piece of glass to use as a reference.
Step 6: Filling in the Picture
6.1. Take out the now dried outline.
6.2. Bring out your colors.
6.3. Squeeze your colors into the appropriate spots using the outline like the lines on a coloring page.
6.4. Spread it around using the toothpicks. (Small bubbles may form in the paint and you can use the dry end of a toothpick to pop them.)
6.5. When you have finished filling in everything leave it to dry for another twelve hours.
Note: Make sure to fill in everything on the piece of glass even if it’s just with clear paint. That way everything will be at the same level.
If you’re feeling ambitious you can experiment with mixing and swirling various colors. It can produce some beautiful results.
Step 7: Combining Your Work (Optional)
7.1. First peel your pictures off of the Cling Wrap.
7.2. Arrange them like you want on a clean sheet of Cling Wrap or on a piece of glass.
7.3. Use your liquid leading to connect your pictures. (make sure to overlap it with the pictures you already drew so that it will stick together)
7.3. If you want to you can fill in the new outline after it has dried with your glass paints.
In my painting I am drawing a whole new picture around my work, however, there are endless options to what you can do so feel free to be creative.
Step 8: Hanging Your Work With Suction Cups
8.1. Put a dot of glass glue on each corner of you glass.
8.2. Stick on your suction cups and let them dry for the allotted amount of time.
8.3. Press your picture onto a window.
8.4. Enjoy the view!
Note: If you use suction cups you may want to paint the corners of your picture with a darker color otherwise you'll be able to see them through the glass.
Step 9: Glueing Your Work
9.1. First clean your window thoroughly so that the light can shine through to its greatest effect.
9.2. Peal your painting off of the Cling Wrap.
9.3. Spread a thin layer of glass glue over the back of your painting.
9.4. Press it onto the correct place in your window and let it dry.
Note: If you can it might be easier to take out your window and glue your painting on it when it's flat so that it doesn't slide at all.
Step 10: Admire Your Work
As you can see from all of the images glass painting is an original and beautiful craft. It isn’t overly difficult, the main steps being drawing the outline and filling it in, and granted that you have a little bit of patience it can produces some beautiful results. It is an excellent way to show off your creativity and create an unique decoration for your home.
Hopefully you now have a good understanding of how to glass paint. It is a very flexible craft and there are lots of different options to explore. I want to thank you for taking time to read this. Now go have some fun and be creative!