Painting on Glass

This week’s technique is a bit challenging to master, but the rewards are great.  I’ll be honest, it was a bit trial and error for me when I started painting on glass.  I came up with some solutions to problems on my own, but soon realized that the best results start with the use of quality materials.  The most stunning colored effects on glass come in the form of transparent paints.  After researching several brands, I ultimately chose Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paint and markers.  When used together or separately, they both heat set to a permanent finish that becomes dishwasher safe.  Personally, I prefer to hand wash anything that I’ve invested hours of painting time in…but that’s just me.

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This martini glass is quite the conversation piece, in my sunroom bar area.  I know it’s difficult to see in the photo, but the base of the glass has the words, “Cheers Y’all!” written in black paint.  Full disclosure: I didn’t free-hand this!  Instead, I printed out a favorite font on my computer and taped the words under the glass.  I simply traced over it on top of the glass with paint.  That’s an excellent “cheat” to use to make your handwriting look perfect.  In order to have the most control with the detailed lettering, I used the paint markers for that application.  The 160 glass paint (yellow and green) was brushed on around the rim of the base.  Once dry, the martini glass was baked in the oven per bottle directions. You can find a similar giant martini or wine glass at Michaels.  I strung an assortment of beads onto copper wire and wrapped it around the stem of the glass.  And yes, you guessed it: those olives are polymer clay on a wooden skewer “toothpick.”  Cute huh?  The sky’s the limit on what you can create, when you start with painting on glass.           

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