Glass Painting Crafts and How To Do It!

Glass painting is different from painting on canvas, paper or board. As you paint on glass, your aim will be somewhat focused on controlling light effectively and defining details in the object. Painting on glass enhances and creates texture by using colors.

Painting on glass brings to mind visions of ancient church windows bearing large pictures. These glass paintings catch the sun's rays and emerge brilliant and eye-catching view. European Church windows displayed fine works of stained glass. Many famous cathedrals and churches bear painted glass even to this day.

Opalescent glass and other glass textures were introduced to the art of stained glass. In the 1960s, stained glass painting gained popularity as a hobby. Over time glass painting made its mark into items of home d├ęcor - lamps, window panels, sun catchers and divider screens. You can use glass lamps or door panels to add warmth and richness to your home. You can set up your glass-painting workshop and take up orders once you are proficient in the process.

Painting Glass

Choose and plan a glass painting design. You can draw out one yourself or use designs for stained glass from web sites or catalogs. Designs include simple geometric patterns, orchids and other floral schemes to nature or even thematic designs.

Choose a glass that is best suited to the pattern. You can opt for plain or patterned or translucent or opaque glass. Sketch the design on the glass. Cut each glass carefully so it does not break out curves and angles. Grind down the excess glass and smooth it with an electric grinder. Fix the glass shapes into place. Shape the lead came to the required shape. Use tape to hold the entire stained glass panel in place. Using copper foils instead of lead came is good for beginners. Finally, solder the entire panel together.

Painting tips

  • It is preferable to work on a horizontal surface.
  • The blending must be done when the colors are wet else it will leave brush strokes.
  • When painting on glass pieces, begin with light colors and blend darker colors into the lighter ones.
  • After painting, check for air bubbles, since they must be removed immediately.
  • When fixing lead came, start at the center and move outwards.


While the original method of glass painting involves cutting and soldering the design together, the faux stained glass process is carried out on an existing window. You would need a glass cutter to cut out various shapes as per your glass design. Take a stained glass kit that offers basic implements and materials. You need a breaker to snap off glass after it has been scored. Stained glass art kits provide you with solder, soldering iron, glass cutter, pliers, saw and grinder to create panels.

Now you can start your hobby with a window, which will add a focal point of beauty to a room. It will overcome an unpleasant view or get some privacy and your room will be filled with a different hue and shades. Give a chance to your creativity and start a home business with painting on glass.

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