Hand Painting Wine Glasses




Introduction: Hand Painting Wine Glasses

About: I am a decorative painter and the owner of The Painted House and More. I have over 16 years of painting experience. I am also a One Stroke Certified Instructor. I am currently looking for opportunities t...

In this instructable I'm going to teach you how to paint a wine glass. This instructable will take you from the beginning steps to the finishing of painting a wine glass. I will be using Folk Art Enamel Paint.

Step 1: Clean Glass

This is the first step before you begin painting on your glass. You may wash your glass and then clean off with rubbing alcohol, or just clean off with the rubbing alcohol. Just try not to touch the areas to be painted once you have cleaned them.

Step 2: Select Your Paint

At this point you will need to pick the first two colors you will be using. In this case, I am using Cerelian Blue and Warm White.

Step 3: Load Your Brush

Please the two colors close to each other on your place or palette. Dip one corner of your flat brush in to one color the and opposite corner of your brush in to the other color. Begin to move the brush back and forth a few times and repeat this step. Your brush should be loaded at least 2/3rds of the way full. It is important to have plenty of paint on your brush. This will allow your brush to flow nicely creating a lovely painting.

Step 4: Begin Painting Your Flower Petals

Start with the first petal that is at the top of your flower. Start on the chisel edge of your brush. Push and come around ending up on the chisel edge. Proceed in this same manner around the flower, until five petals have been painted. You may add more paint as needed. It is not necessary to move your paint brush back and forth on your palette or plate after adding more paint. When you begin your first stroke, do three blending strokes before creating the first petal. I would recommend this each time you add more paint and begin a new step.

Step 5: Create Smaller Trailing Petals

Using the same paint colors, create smaller petals that will come off of the main flower. Then finish it with trailing flowers where you touch and pull the brush. Have these petal spray out and down from the main flower with a nice flow. You can do this on both sides of the main flower. You don't have to have both sides identical or starting at the same place on each side. Doing them differently addes more interest. Often you will find doing an odd number of petals and leaves is more pleasing to he eye.

Step 6: Paint Another Full Flower

Continue on around the glass and repeat the steps you did when you created the first full flower.

Step 7: Paint a Flowering Bud

This time you will do small petals in the similar fashion as the petals used in the flower, however they will be smaller and only two or three. After you paint the first row you are going to overlap with either two or three more small flower petels. At the base of this bud, you will be adding a small petal where you touch and pull starting from the top of the flower to the base. This will be painted on both sides of the flower.

Step 8: Cleaning Your Brush

Place your brush in your water basin and move it back and forth in the water. Once you have removed the previous paint, dry gently with a paper towel. You are now ready to move on to the next colors.

Step 9: Load Your Plate

You will now load your plate with the colors you have selected to paint the leaves. I have chosen Thicket (Green) and Sunflower (Yellow). These make a great combination for your leaves.

Step 10: Load Your Brush

The next step is to load your brush as you did earlier. Again remember it is important to have a lot of paint in your brush. Please make sure it is at least 2/3rds of the way full.

Step 11: Rippled Leaves

Start by placing two to three of the rippled leaves around each of the full flowers.

Step 12: One Stroke Leaves

Your next step will be to put a vine from the full flower to the bud. Then do a few quick short touch and pull strokes from the bud to the top of the vine. Then begin to add one stroke leaves in groups of at least three. Odd numbers work the best visually.

Step 13: Center of the Flowers

The next step is to complete the center of the flowers along with adding this to the smaller petals that are leading out from the full flowers. This does not include the trailing flowers that are touch and pull flowers. Load your plate or palette with School Bus Yellow. Stick the end of a smaller paint brush in to the paint. Place a dot in the center of the full flowers, along with the ends of the smaller petals leading from the full flowers.

Step 14: Create an Inky Green

Add some water, a little at a time to a small amount of the Thicket. Create an inky consistancy. Use your liner brush. Load it and then pull it from the paint up the ridge. This will pull some of the paint off and round out the brush.

Step 15: Curlycues

Use the inky Thicket paint to place curlycues in different places throughout the painted glass.

Step 16: Paint the Stem

If you would like to paint the stem, at this time load liner brush with Thicket Green. Paint a small line of green while turning the glass to swirl around the stem and end on the base.

Step 17: Paint Base

Start where the green line ends from the stem, paint five One Stroke Leaves.

Step 18: Cure

Allow the glass to air dry for 1 hour.

Step 19: Bake

Place the glass in the cold oven. Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.
Bake for 30 minutes. Add the preheat time on to the bake time. Allow the glass to cool completely before removing from the oven. If you choose not to bake your glass, the paint will cure within 21 days of air drying.

Step 20: Care

This glass is dishwasher safe if placed on the top rack. Do not let the glass soak in water. Handle with care as the paint could scratch. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: aamilou@aol.com. Amy



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    86 Discussions

    I used fused slumped wine bottles, put them in a cold oven & they broke :-( Yet they help up to 1400 degrees slumping in kiln.

    broken bottle.jpg

    Can it be garnished after curing

    Help!!! I have painted wine and beer glasses using glass paint pens. I have baked them according to direction, but when ice cold drinks are in the glasses too long, the paint comes off? What am I doing wrong??

    3 replies

    Im having the same problem as HeatherB41 . The paint pens are enamel and say to bake them . So I did, but the paint still comes off on your hands while using them. Any other helpful hints or ideas? Iam at a loss as to what to do and really am sad that all the work I have done just washes away.

    I just read on another sight- if you add water to the paint it can weaken the bond. Not sure if that helps.

    looks great!!

    I made similar glasses. For some reason, when I baked them, wherever I went over leaves, the top color changed. For example the white paint turned yellow. They had come out really nice, and then after baking were awful. Was very discouraging seeing I had put a lot of work into them. I've worked with this paint before and have baked them before and never had that happen. Though I have never painted flowers OVER the leaves. For future glasses like these, I will not bake them. I'll just air cure for the 3 weeks. But why did this happen? Any suggestions? Thanks!


    Strange question.... I am having a get together with some friends and we will be painting wine glasses but I don't know the best way to send them home with them. I don't have an oven to bake them, so will the paint scratch off?

    hard to find instructions on painting stemware and fireing it.

    Is there anything against baking the glasses in a gas oven?

    When the majority of the side of the wine glass is covered in paint, is it okay to bake the wine glass standing up? Or should it still be baked on its side?

    2 replies

    I would never lay them on the side. Either stand upright or upside down. It really doesn't matter. I would not have it lay on a painted area when baking.

    I hope this helps....Thanks..Amy

    Thanks Amy that's super helpful!


    2 years ago

    Hi. Can I use metallic sharpies to paint wine glasses? If so do I bake for 30 min at 350 to cure also?

    I painted a few of these glasses before reading this tutorial and i didn't prep the glasses with the alcohol. Can i still proceed to the oven step? I would hate to waste all the effort put in. thanks for any help

    I made a few glasses before reading this tutorial and i didn't Prep the glasses before painting, can i still put them in the oven...they came out so nice I would hate to waste the effort.

    I painted a wine glass last night, the gold paint bubbled when it baked. How do I remove the gold altogether?

    do you put any type of clear coat or varnish over the paint after it dries but before putting in the oven? I'm making a few with sports team for my boys for christmas, but feel like it would be made stronger by some protective coating?

    I am going to try my luck at this type of project. However, can I use glasses bought from the dollar store?