Picture of Layered glass art
One day when I went down to the parkade of my condo to throw out the trash, I found a pane of glass leaning against the side of the dumpster. Although it had a few chips along the sides it still looked pretty good, so I thought I would rescue it from a sad (shattered) fate at the dump.

I cut the glass into smaller pieces to make a dimensional glass painting (basically painting on layers of glass to create a three dimensional appearance.) The problem was that I don't have any artistic talents , I could neither draw nor paint well at all. So I decided on something abstract, an imitation of Piet Mondrian, since I could draw lines and squares (provided that I have a ruler, of course).

Although this did not really demonstrate the 3D effect you can get with layering glass, I think it still looks kind of nice in my living room.

Step 1: Material

Picture of Material
  • A pane of glass
  • Glass paint or pens and a sharpie
  • Wood
  • Glass cutter, ruler, board, cardboard or newspaper
  • Saw (and mitre box)
  • Masking tape
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i like the flower ones
what flower on
ChrysN (author)  yellowgirl14 years ago
It's picture 5,6 and 7 in step 5.
ChrysN (author)  heymissmurder135 years ago
Thanks, I like the way it turned out too.
yellowgirl14 years ago
this will be realy nice to try someday
i love these kinds of things
i like this one, its like tiny and cute lol
Re-design5 years ago
Pretty coool.
ChrysN (author)  Re-design5 years ago
sierrabravo6 years ago
Mondrian's been dead since 1944, i don't think he'll mind too much lol :-)
sierrabravo6 years ago
i like it alot, i looks like a painting that commander data made on star trek i think.
ChrysN (author)  sierrabravo6 years ago
Thanks. I remember Data liked to paint. It is actually an imitation of the painter Pieter Cornelius Mondrian's work.
imakeit6 years ago
Very cool and most creative work, bravo!
Love the purple flower. My Mom bought me a folding screen that holds like 15 5x7 pictures. While not quite my cup of tea....I removed all glass, backing ,and added rice type paper to frames to make a Soji type screen. Been looking for something to do with panes of glass.
ChrysN (author)  artist without a medium6 years ago
Cool, with 15 panes of glass, you can make something really nice.
icyice6 years ago
this gave me an idea..... im going to do this with a multi layer stencil and i will put different parts of one layer to many layers of glass
ChrysN (author)  icyice6 years ago
That sounds cool!
Mander20336 years ago
About ten years ago, I was at a modern/contemporary art museum in Boston and saw something very similar, but on a much larger scale. It included a 3-D effect. Each pane was an image in its own right, but the pane preceding or following it differed slightly. If you stood in the correct spot and looked at it obliquely, it literally was like seeing a real girl laying on the grass with butterflies around her. It was a very impressive piece of work, and I've kicked myself ever since that I cannot remember the artist's name. This is a lovely project; well done!!
ChrysN (author)  Mander20336 years ago
Wow, that sounds amazing!
FeedTheGrid6 years ago
Totally dig it. Awesome 'ibles-robot, too! I must get a hot-glue gun. FTG
ChrysN (author)  FeedTheGrid6 years ago
Thanks! I thought a hot glue gun was mandatory for instructables membership ;)
ChrysN (author) 6 years ago
Thanks, that is great advice about using dollar store picture frames!
Bindweeds6 years ago
I love this! If you didn't have a spare plane of glass to cut up, you could go to a dollar store and pick up picture frames. Then you could use the glass for this project, the frame is guaranteed to fit over the top (if you don't mount them in the wood like you did with the hot glue) You could use the extra frames for other projects like making a shadow box, or attach a screen to one and make your own paper. My mind is racing with ideas about what to paint for mine! Like three pieces on one paint a back ground the next a middle ground and the front a foreground...or attach a cut out from a picture of the kids. Hmmm... Thanks for this!
seamster6 years ago
Love it! Nice effect, with very little cost. I made a Mondrian-based quilt a few years back. After I finished it, I wished I had included a green block just for fun... So I have to ask, did you include green as an ironic jab at Piet? If so, kudos. (Very clever!) Good work. (Here's a pic of that quilt, just for kicks.)
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(He was repelled by the color green. Absolutely HATED it, in fact.) Kind of funny.
ChrysN (author)  seamster6 years ago
That is funny (I didn't know that). I just love the colour green.
ChrysN (author)  seamster6 years ago
I love the quilt!
seamster ChrysN6 years ago
bulsatar6 years ago
There is a technique I use in glass etching that works very well for clean lines. After taping the area, use rubber cement and cover the side of the tape where you will be coloring. After the rubber cement dries, rub it off of the glass, there will be enough just under the edge of the tape to seal it off and make a perfectly crisp line. You can do this with paper that has been glued to the surface and then just rinse under water to get all of the glue and paper off, however I don't think that would work for this one :)
ChrysN (author)  bulsatar6 years ago
I did get a bit of paint under the masking tape, I scraped it off with a knife after it dried (the paint I used is easy to peel off), this technique can be useful if you are using other glass paints, thanks!
vanmankline6 years ago
This reminds me of an Agamograph. Different technique, but similar trick on the eyes. I like it!
Alli_Z6 years ago
i did one lemon marilyn last year doing this technique its came out pretty sweet i did it in acrylic
maruawe6 years ago
This is neat! I build one yesterday after I read this. I put mylar on the last piece of glass and as the forward components were transparent the mylar added dimension to the whole thing came out pretty good for the first one that I have made in years . You can light this up by using a piece of frosted glass with lights behind the frosted glass . then enclose the whole thing in a box. usually the interior of the box is painted flat black to avoid reflection. I used to make a box with a mirror in back and a one way mirror on the front to make lighting and 3d type photographs in the middle of the two for the endless look
ChrysN (author)  maruawe6 years ago
Cool, I'd love to see it!
if you're going to copy a piet mondrian painting, at least give credit. regardless, good project.
Wow. Maybe you should read the whole post before you go "postal". This is an awesome idea. Sounds like fun. Bookmarked for later use! Thanks.
ChrysN (author)  hobbssamuelj6 years ago
I mentioned in the intro that it was an imitation Piet Mondrian.
DangerArt6 years ago
This is a cool idea. Although, I wish you had not chosen to recreate a mondrian. I despise his work. When I was in art school, I did a painting in his style for a project. This was because I had waited until last minute to do the project and I was drunk at the time. (Anyone can recreate a Mondrian in 5 minutes) Afterwards, I gave it to my aunt. She then handed it down to her son who hung it above his couch. Now every time I go to my cousin's apartment, I am reminded of how much of a failure I am as a human being. Mondrian's work sucks. And I perpetuated that suckitude by participating in that project. :-( The other ones that you did are much better. The flower is especially nice.
noahw6 years ago
An artist named Dustin Yellin has perfected this method using resin instead of glass so the structure becomes one solid block at the end. He pours thin layers of resin on top of each other, painting on each layer as he goes, assembling incredible 3D composites out of 2D drawings. Very cool stuff in my opinion, and in person, the effect really takes hold.

Your approach with glass and glass paint/markers is an awesome DIY at home extrapolation of that. Nice work!
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ChrysN (author)  noahw6 years ago
Wow, those look really cool!
bowmaster6 years ago
I have got to do this. I'm thinking of have 3 panes of glass. One for the background, one for the midground, and one for the foreground.
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