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Basics of Glass Painting- A Beginners Guide

teacher avatar Swapna Namboodiri, Abstract artist/plastic sculptor

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8 Lessons (48m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Glass Art Supplies - 3D liners

    • 3. Glass Art Supplies - Glass Paints

    • 4. Getting Started With Glass Liners

    • 5. Learn to Draw a Simple Design

    • 6. Learn to Paint on Glass

    • 7. Adding Final Details

    • 8. Tips for Framing and Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Hello Everyone,

In this class I will be introducing you all to this fantastic medium- Glass Paints!

Since the past 8 years I had been working and exploring Glass/Perspex medium!

I will be taking you through all the necessary materials for creating an art on glass. Also I will be guiding you to complete a simple project on perspex!

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Swapna Namboodiri

Abstract artist/plastic sculptor


Plastic sculptor. Extremely passionate to contribute  greener days for the coming generations. She upcycle plastics to create sculptural artworks .She try to bring a unique style in each of her work, with different painting technique, using pourable fluid oil paints and acrylics. Giving freedom to the colors, She has worked on a range of subjects, like nature and outerspace, people and culture,  social awareness etc. 
Nature being her favorite subject, she like to create unique texture and visual treat using plastic scraps. With the inspiration, imagination, and emotions, she delves deeply into the soul of the work to portray it in its best.
She has past experiences in working on various interesting mediums as glass, fabric, coffee to name a few. Usage of brigh... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Are you willing to learn something new and unique and then create a beautiful artwork on your own. Then you are in the right place where I will be taking you through a new art style chapter called glass painting. Hello everyone. Welcome. My name is subnet number three. I'm a professional office. I worked with discarded plastics to create sculptural outwards. But my art career began way before that, around eight years back. And at that time I was creating artworks on class. I was so passionate to create artworks on that transparent medium with translucent pains. The solving based paints, discrete magic on the glass. And my love for that transfer medium or class made me explode more on various other medians similar to that. And that led me to explore. The options are the opportunities on plastic bottles. And after learning the harsh effects of plastic and the plastic pollution, I decided or I took a pledge to create artworks for that purpose to reduce plastic waste. Nature being my favorite subject. I was always inspired by all the colors and patterns around me. And I tend to portray all those elements in my artworks using these repurpose plastics us is an interesting medium to work with. The transparency itself is so interesting. And the solvent base colors, which is translucent bill and a lot of vibrancy to your outwards. When I studied stained glass, just a crash course of a few months, eight years back, that added more of curiosity to explore a few techniques on Glass. The traditional stainless technique demands obviously a lot of time and energy and manpower. But this evolved technique to use pains to stain the glass and create outputs is much more easier. Even though it was believed that last painting is as easy as drawing an outline on the glass and transferring the design and then painting over it. It's not that easy as it sounds. You can experiment a lot. The options are endless. The result pretty never be responding with those vibrant colors and the gorgeous texture using those class liners. And this technique will definitely give you the freedom to let loose your creativity and create a magical piece of art. So while I was creating glass paintings, I didn't just tend to stick onto the traditional rules of drawing outlines and just adding the pins. I use to experiment a lot and create my own techniques. So in this video I'll be covering all the topics that I know about the glass artworks and how to create a beautiful art on glass or perspex only Arun, I'll take you through all the tools, all panes needed. You will get an idea about various brands of glass panes and Linus available in the market. I will show you the basic techniques to get started with an artwork on it last order, perspex on any other similar media. You will be guided through various ways to use this class leaner, and get comfortable with the new medium. Also, you will be guided to various ways to spread the paint on the liner or the design. By the end of this project, you will be confident enough to create a beautiful abstract painting on perspective. As a bonus, I also show you how to add interesting textures are details on your outward. This project will be useful not just for beginners, because I tend to use many other techniques that have evolved through the years. As I mentioned before, I'd love to experiment a lot, but I have a lot more projects in my mind. So stay tuned for some more interesting projects are glass painting words from the cell. So get ready to dive in this beautiful world of colors. So let's get started. 2. Glass Art Supplies - 3D liners: Are you ready to explore? All the materials are pins that are needed for this glass naming transect. So let's begin with the materials that we can paint on. Firstly, we need that last. Ideally we can use a two MM glass, which you can get from any class tools. Or if you're scared to use these sharp classes like this, you can switch to use perspex. That's what I did because this is much easier to handle, easy to store, and easy to ship as well. Because these are basically plastic sheets which also come in various thickness. I guess this one is one NMT, even thicker ones. So this will come along with ready-made frames or else you can check with your framer. This is often called plexiglass or acrylic sheet or prospects. These are the three names that I know. And another option is this species. This is ready turning. It looks or feels like glass papers. These are basically plastic sheet, but you can apply the same glass bending technique on all these three mediums. Oh, I'll be using this perspex since I have a smaller size prospects available with me, tightly showing you how to feigned a basic design on this. You don't have to worry about this. This is just an LED which I can easily peel and remove. So it comes like protection. So as you can see, I can just feel enter move and it looks just like glass. So now we have to close out the prospects. And the next step is to transfer that design onto the perspex. For that, we need Glass liner, which looks like this. This is pretty good. A 3D effect. Steady and even lines itself add beauty to your artworks. So if you're a beginner, you need to practice to get these even lines. And these are the liners on class liners are CIDI lightness that we use to transfer them to sign on to the perspective. There are various branded class liners available. I prefer to use a the pebble or Malibu. And the liner comes like this and two. And you just need to squeeze the paint out of them. So the beauty of class thinking has to get a uniform line. And this is ideal condition of a liner. To get that uniform line, you just need to apply a uniform pressure on this potion rather than pressing here near to the nozzle, you need to squeeze the pain from the tip of the liner. So and also you need to try and find a comfortable position to rest your hand so that you can easily draw the lines. Since it's been many years, I tend to collect all sorts of glass finance available. And I tried to mix it with many of my artwork and it create. Beautiful texture to my works. As you can see, the readily available or easily available colors are black, sable, golden, or copper. And this one, you can see, this is a transparent one and it has glitters in it. So it will try clear, but it will have this glittery effect on the, on the texture. This is another brand. This is an Indian brand, it's camel. This is also good, but bear Rights Day. This liner is not readily available. And they also have black silver and various other sheets. This is an old one which is from heavy crew. So the pebble also has porcelain liners. This also can be used on class, but it won't give a tick of texture to the painting. So I prefer to use this just for adding tiny little details. This is also porcelain one. It looks just like the glass liner from the PEBO grant. So this is how it is named. Pebo cern relief as for the glass and PV porcelain as for porcelain. So these are the various glass lenses available. And you can also search for 3D liners. As you can see, this is a transparent one. There are a few more types of liners. I thought of sharing a glimpse of these as well because many places have various varieties of Lina's. So you just need to choose anything that gives a 3D line. These are also for the glass. And this one, as you all know, these glass painting evolved from the traditional stained glass. This glass liner will give a very thick line compared to the other liner. So this will be perfect for any stained glass panels or vague. You want really thick lines. These liners works really well for me somehow. I didn't feel comfortable using this, so I stick on to this thinner and ozone is also another variation. As you can see, this also give a ticker line. And the pigment is also. But as I said earlier, since I'm very comfortable working with tubes like this, for me, I need to apply a bit more pressure while applying the tube. So if you're a beginner with Wagner in class painting, I would definitely recommend to go with tubes like this because it doesn't strain your tongue. And you will get uniform and beautiful lines. 3. Glass Art Supplies - Glass Paints: Now let me take you through the various types of glass panes available. Let me show you three brands of glass pins, which I commonly use. These pebbles, arbitral pins, which comes in many beautiful colors. And it has returned sheets which are mostly transparent. But they also have few vitriol opaque sheets and also Papua setup mic. A big pins can be used on glass aswell on these Assad wouldn't be spins and we'll have a glossy finish once applied and tried. This is yet another brand name, Malibu glass art, which also has a beautiful range of colors. And the consistency is really good. And compared to preview, this has much more shelf-life. This is a very beginner friendly glass pins from the brand camel. Just like the class liners, I have a good collection of last fields that I've bought and collected through all these years. I have sorted for you of the paints that you can check or keep as reference. Basically, I use all Solomon base pains. Thus, Pepe arbitrary brand is always my favorite baby or when trail and it has a good range of pains and most of them are really pigment it. You'll get a transparent, really transparent ones and opaque ones as well. The main disadvantage of all these things, it's just like any other oil paint and it has very harsh smell. So you must whew a protector or mask while applying or by spending time with his pains. This is a ceramic paint, but again, I can, I prefer to use this on my glass panes as well. This is another grand mandible glass art. I had shown that last line f from this trend S boat. This is also really good when it comes in various sizes. These are the smaller thans and this is a slightly bigger one. And these are a few other pains from an Indian drank camel. This also has some very strong smell, but good to use, and these are really fluid. So the main advantage of this paint is you don't need to use any crash or anything else to spread the paint. You just need to apply through this nozzle directly onto the surface. So if you're a beginner, This one is really helpful in come with few other mediums as well. This is a lightning medium. So just in case if you find the shades are slightly proposed Danielle preference you can apply or you can mix the paint with the lightening medium and slightly diluted. 4. Getting Started With Glass Liners: Now that you know, all the materials are pains that are required for clasping draws it. Can we get started with how to use the glass liner a paints? Let me just take you through a few techniques to apply the liner and paints before starting the project. So for making it, I've taken this piece of orange species and I'll show you various types of lines that you can feel comfortable before starting a project. To designs will have straight lines like this. Okay? As you can notice, I'm just applying the pressure on, on the tip of this tube. Also. You can keep in mind that it is much better to move the medium like this if you want to draw a line, a vertical line. So the tip is two in this hand, in a position to place your hand or rest your hand so that it gets a good support to draw uniform lines. This is how the uniform lines look like. It might look easy, but it's slightly different. Slightly, it's really different from how we draw using a pen or a pencil and a paper. The surfaces really different, as you can notice the class or the acrylic sheet. The surfaces really smooth and you need to draw the design using this liner. So you need to practice a bit more to get lines like this. Started with a real project, I would always recommend to take a piece of surface like this. Maybe it's an acrylic or a glass sheet, or keep a spare piece of glass so that you can practice with your lines or curves before starting a real project. Now we can see how we can draw a slightly curved lines. So I always prefer to start the lines from top to bottom. Or I prefer to turn this according to my convenient direction rather than move me moving around the surface. So even if you're drawing a curved surface, you need to get a uniform line. So before getting started withdrawing a font circle, it's much better to draw a half circle first. And then drawing the other half. You fix a slightly smaller won. For me its comfortable control in two different hubs. If you have seen my videos on my earlier glass pending works, you would have noticed most of my works will have outlines like this because I prefer to add a slightly textured outlined that does like continuous dots. So this is how I prefer to add a liner. So what I would do is I would, at the beginning stage I will draw a liner. And once the design or the painting is complete, to highlight, to give us a highlight, I would add a slightly different texture by adding dots. I really prefer this one so that it will definitely highlight the Designer. Let see how to apply the glass panes. As I mentioned earlier, it's very easy to apply this glass panes and this tiny bottle. This is how the class pins look. Unlike the acrylic or oil beans, diesel really ploidy. So you might have guessed, these liners will act as a border and inside these bottles will fill with these fluid last spins like this. And that's how the basic designs and last pimping works. On the other hand, if you're preferring to walk with obtains from these bottles, you can choose to use any of these to spread the paint according to your convenience and according to them nature of the design. I always prefer to use this pure or toothpick, lowliest, all and all pressure off mine. Using pressure can be tricky because the cleaning part has always a task for me. So I prefer to use any of these unless the designers really big. So what we can do is we can directly depth three forte and spread on the surface like this. And you didn't speak holding the stick invidious position to spin it evenly. Use these drops. It will disappear in a gradual peace while it's trying. 5. Learn to Draw a Simple Design: Now that you're familiar with all the materials needed for glass painting, can we start with the simple designer pattern? You can notice that I've included all that simple designs that we have learned, like straight lines, landing lines, coastlines, so-called semi-circles in this pattern. This is the perspective of 85 size that I'm using for this painting. And I can peel off this outside protection. As you can see now this surfaces absolutely does free. But if you are using a glass, made sure to clean the surface before starting to add the paint. Before transferring the design onto the perspex using the class liner, it is always better to fix the position of the design. Here I am using this while she tape to fix the perspective and the paper. This way I can make sure that the prospects remain in the same place until a complete drawing, the whole design onto the perspex. Now let me start drawing the design using this map with glass at glad, last liner. I thought of starting with this vertical line. And for that, I have moved the position of this perspective. Each of us will have a comfortable resting position for their hands so that we get even and uniform lines. So once you start practicing these lines, you will come to know which side and which portion is more convenient for you. Also, as I mentioned earlier, It's ideal to apply the pressure on this bottom tip of the tube to get uniform lines. If you're aiming to draw a smooth flowing line, it's always better to use a slanting position for the tube rather than keeping it straight or vertical. Since we have fixed the question of the perspex over the design, it's okay to move the perspex according to your convenience of drawing. And definitely this might not be the scenario. Always write, we tend to make mistake and if you're unhappy with any particular position, don't get panic. Just let it dry thoroughly. Once it's dry, use a small played or naive to peel that particular line or potion of very carefully without damaging or disturbing any other portion of the design. As you can notice here, I can easily move around the material. Or if I've says perspex, because the size is comparatively small. But if you're working on a larger project, you can divide the project in various stages and complete it from top to bottom or from one site to another. Even in this design, you can notice I first draw the vertical line and divided the design into two portion. And I first completed one side and now I'm moving on to the other. If you're working on an Agile surface with intricate designs, chances are more that your lines might disturb already drawn vet lines. So it's better to draw few potions first and let it dry totally before starting the other portions. These easy and free flowing lines in your glass artworks at definitely we should treat. So you need to practice on him to get to that point. Did he just noticed that I just squeezed the paint and drag that down. These are perfect to add details to your floral artworks. There are endless possibilities to add the detailing part with these glass liners that I will cover in getter that class. Moving onto drawing the small circle, you might find it a bit hard in the early stages to draw a complete circle in one go. So you can do it as two semi-circles. And that's how I completed drawing the whole design on the perspex. 6. Learn to Paint on Glass: Now you are all set to use the glass panes. Here I've led the drawing dry overnight. But ideally, you need to keep only for a couple of hours. Depending on the better situation, the duration may vary. I'm removing the background designs so that I can get a plain white background for applying the paint. This is how I usually prefer to use my palate. Especially while I'm using a solid base paint. I covered it with an aluminum foil and I can take droplets of paint into this portion. And once I'm done with the project, I can easily discard the file. And as I mentioned earlier, you can use a toothpick as keyword or holistic rush to apply the paint. Since I'm doing a comparatively smaller artwork this time, I will need only as skewered lolly stick for this project. So shall we start painting? To begin with, I'm using this green shade from multiple glass odd, since I'm painting only on a smaller surface, I didn't want to use a palette. So I'm directly taking the pain from the bottle itself. There are two main reasons why I'm not using a brush. Firstly, it might leave few brushstrokes, unlike the acrylic paint or all you paint, the medium itself is different. The solvent base glass paint itself is different. So once you apply the paint with the two pre-chorus keyword, you can see the paint is flowing and it will create a uniform layer of paint on the prospects of glass. Secondly, cleaning the brush after using a solvent base paint is comparatively difficult. So I prefer to stick onto these tools. At least for smaller projects like this, it is much easier to use a skewer or holistic. But if you're working on a larger surface, you can feel free to use the palette knife or a brush. I'm just showing you betas, shades of green that I have from different brands. As I mentioned earlier, the shelf-life of PEBO pains are comparatively less. So as you can see, this opaque green shade that I have from pebble is almost tried. And now I need to stick the toothpick hard into the bottom of the bottle, get the paint. These are patriots from February give beautiful blending effects by combining it with any other February trail transparent sheet. Here on the top of this particular leaf, I'm applying this emerald shade, which is a transparent green. And I'll gradually blended with the opaque paint. This is yet another shade named apple green from Nebula again. And you can see this is not your dried currently, but again, this is not the right consistency to use it for painting. Half dried paints like these will create unnecessary mark, so strokes and your artwork. But once you are familiar with the paint and the medium, you will be able to tackle the situation wisely. Here with that tick blob of paint, applied, the layered on that portion, and generally taking off the excess paint using the scenes cure. You can use a paper towel or a Q-tip to generally remove the excess paint that has come out of the border. Now I'm using this lightning medium to reduce the consistency of a darker shade or campaigned. Ideally, this is a time when I use the palette to mix the paint with the lightening medium or any other medium. But since I'm working on a smaller project, I don't need to use that much of a surface. I can directly blender mix the paint here on the drawing itself. So I'm taking this opaque yellow shade. I just need a couple of droplets of pain to mix it with the lightning medium and spread and this whole portion evenly. Since this is a compatibly wider surface of circuit, I can use this lolly stick and hold it in a way that I can get an even layer of paint. By spreading the paint, make sure that you don't spread it over the lines. According to the flow of design and the paint, you can move the perspex around. As you can notice, I've left a portion here after applying the opaque yellow sheet. And this portion, I will apply this transmit and she'd drown. As I mentioned earlier, blending this opaque and transparent sheet will create beautiful organ patents on its own. I always keep a paper towel handy because violin using SQL or lolly stick, you just need to wipe the excess paint off before using any other shape. Next time using this call just odd in shade from the brand glass out. You can see this is the right consistency of any class paint. It will be really fluidly. This is a gorgeous dark red sheet. Also in these smaller portions, you can use a skewer, much easier. In order to add a contrast for all those warm shades. I talked of keeping a coal power machine. This is kind of a purple, transparent popup color. Since I'm using a transparent color, it's okay to paint over this black details that we have already drawn. But in case you are using any other opic, she'd be careful while applying the pain's in between the east tiny lines. Okay. And at this point you don't have to worry even if you have applied darker shades altogether. Because you can always use a 3D liner to highlight certain portions. Now I'm going to apply this form. I'll pick magenta sheet. Thank you. Now I have completed painting all the patterns that I have drawn. And for this project I thought to leave the background as such. But it's totally up to you. If you feel like adding any anymore lighter shades on the background, please feel free to do that for me. This is now complete. You can notice how glossy and you need the solvent base class pains are. Isn't that a vibrant artwork already? 7. Adding Final Details: Now that we have completed the painting, can we add more details to add an interest to the artwork? The painting is now completely applied. So let's add few more details using the glass liner. This is personally my favorite, but here I am taking these three glass liners, which is a black rich gold and silver shade. This process has really therapeutic for me because I let lose myself and just go with the flow. There is absolutely no by declared rules. So you can feel free to add any details, I mean, details according to your wish. But keep in mind whatever you're drawing. Tried to get even am uniform lines. In order to get perfect clients. It's always better to practice a bit with these glass liners so that your hands will get comfortable using those. Maybe just before starting the project, you can take a spare class, our perspective of our species, and draw some lines, are curved lines, circles, exedra. Next time using this rhetorical liner to highlight this certain portions and thus Media where I have used both the popular and spreadsheet, which mean completely dark. So using this colon Lana, I'm adding continuous dot so that this portion will get highlighted. You can notice the difference made digest goes dots. Basically at this stage of creating artwork, I just go with my instincts and enjoy the process of adding gorgeous bps. And then after dispersion, you can get the t also look of how I am applying the dots. Even if these are smaller, tiny dot, i'm applying uniform pressure on this fuel to get even gods. Do you find some difference in adding these tiny to TB deaths? I definitely find it relaxing and therapeutic. So I taught providing few more details in few other portions Asimo basically here and squeezing the tube and just dragging it down. Once you get familiar with that momentum, you will get then even lines after after this portion. Because I think this is a focal point of this whole Angular english partition for this darker area, I'm using the Silver Line and I think that said guys, I've just completed this artwork and bother you guys think is incomplete. This is how I have added the details and finish this artwork. 8. Tips for Framing and Final Thoughts: And that's how our complete artwork looks. Now, I've added a small complementing box frame for this artwork. As you can notice, the background is kept very simple and plain. So vile framing the White Paper or white mat board is kept as background, which elevates all the colors and details of the artwork. Since there is a lot happening in the colors and textures and the artwork itself, I thought of keeping the frame very simple. Since we have used solvent base colors, you don't have to worry about the maintenance and occasionally wipe the front side of the output. You can buy any branded glass panes according to the availability at your place, but you can use the same technique. And if you're a beginner, always tried to draw lines and practice your lines on a spare piece of glass or perspex. And that will definitely help you to improve your lines. If you have any doubts, feel free to add comments are asked me also for more projects on Mount glass painting ideas. You can check my china as well. If you wish to see my sculptural outwards, you can just browse through my Instagram or Facebook pages. I'll add all the details. Thank you so much for joining this class and I look forward to see the projects from Yochai's. This project was helpful for you if you like. These projects are these kind of techniques. Stay tuned. I'll be coming up with many more interesting projects for u s. So thank you so much for watching. Bye for now.