Oct 31, 2010

10+ Tips and Tricks to Enhance Glass Painting Art

Painting of any form is an art. It invariably needs 3 basic traits: patience, patience & more patience. With a loads of patience & little bit of passion, you’ll definitely excel. Most of the time things we consider not so important may play an important role in the overall look & feel of your painting. May be there’s only a thin line between you (an amateur) & a professional painter. Go through the following list to enhance your painting & master strokes:

  • Before starting your masterpiece, to clean the glass sheet occasionally soap water is not enough if there is some stubborn stain like grease use thinner or alcohol on cotton swab to clean it.
  • If it is your first glass painting then don’t go for complex design: Remember KISS: Keep It Sweet & Simple….
  • 2mm glass sheet can be used for more clarity, but it is not durable. The glass may crack while framing.
  • So instead of 2mm Glass sheet use 3mm or 4mm glass sheet to add more durability.
  • Place your glass sheet over a plain surface like table, so that transparent glass paint (water based colors) doesn’t flow from one area to another.
  • To avoid air bubbles, do not shake the bottle before use. If bubbles appear try to rupture it with pin/needle.
  • Use paint brush only if you are working with opaque color (fabric or oil colors). While using transparent color use the nozzle provided with bottle.
  • Always color the subject first and then go for the background.
  • For highlighting your Glass Paint you can also use crumbled Aluminum foil or Black paint as a background depending on the theme of your painting.
  • For different shades you can mix the colors, but remember both the colors should be from same brand. Mixing two different brands will give cracking look and also paint will not stick properly to the glass.
  • If you are using transparent glass color it will take more time to dry (say at least a week or two depending on the size & weather) as compared to opaque color.
  • Allow your paint to dry properly try not to touch your painting while it is in drying process.
  • After completing with color don’t leave the painting in open, dust may collect which may fade the painting.
  • Bonus Tip: The most important one…… Only paint when you are in good mood, otherwise you will definitely spoil your painting.

Learn How to Make Glass Outliner at home in my next post.

Oct 25, 2010

Step by Step Glass Painting Demo: Mickey Mouse Pattern

  • For Mickey Mouse Glass Painting I have used 12”*12”, 3 mm thick Glass sheet. [Note: represents inch]

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  • Here the pattern is fixed below the glass sheet and from the upper side outline is drawn with help of glass outliner.

Start Mickey Mouse Glass Painting

  • I have started applying Glass color (water based).

Start Glass Painting Color Mickey Mouse

  • Apply your favorite color shades, but remember water based color takes longer time to dry. So before moving to another area keep in mind that its adjoining area color is completely dried.

Mickey Mouse in Glass Color 

  • Here I complete my Mickey Mouse Glass Painting. Even school kids can try this out, its simple, just start it…

Enjoy Painting :)

Oct 23, 2010

How to Start Glass Painting: A Beginners Tutorial

Basic Material and Tools for Glass Painting:-
  • Painting surface
      • Glass sheet, Glass bottle or jar, Glass plate
  • Glass outliner
      • Readily available or one can make at home
  • Painting colors
      • Glass colors, Fabric colors etc.
  • Paint Brush
      • Size: According to requirement
  • Glass cleaning solution
      • Thinner or Nail polish remover
  • Sponge
      • To create texture look
  • Cotton Buds
      • To clean excess color
  • Design/Pattern.
Steps for Creating Glass Painting:-
  • Clean the surface of Glass with soap water and dry with cotton cloth.
  • Choose and Stick the design with tape on one side of glass.
  • From other side draw the outline of design with Glass Outliner and let it dry at least for half an hour.
  • Color the design with your favorite color shades.
  • Glass color can take more than a week to dry so have patience (Fabric color or other color does not require such a long time).
  • Frame it and here is your first Glass painting ready to beautify your wall.
In my next post I’ll write about step by step detailed demo on Glass Painting.

Oct 22, 2010

A Brief History of Indian Painting

It has been researched that history of Indian painting revolved around 5500 BC in the form of rock painting. Later in 7th century carved pillars of Ajanta(Maharashtra) was the best example of Indian paintings. There were many other form & style of paintings like
  • Bhimbetka Rock Painting: Comprises of Buddhist religious art and universal pictorial art.
  • Madhubani Painting: Artist from Mithila region of Bihar are said to be proficient in this art from ancient times.
  • Tanjore painting: South Indian form of painting from the town of Tanjore in Tamil Nadu, took shape during early 9th century. Tanjore Painting themes were based on Hindu mythology, the eastern style of painting (Encourage by various scenes from Indian mythology).
  • Gandhar-Taxila: Based on Persian works.
  • Modern painting: These type of painting were based on Western styles, Indian themes and images and has also given Indian artists international recognition.
  • Glass Painting: Religious scenes were a popular subject etc.
Among all the art of paintings mentioned above, Reverse Glass Painting (or simply Glass Painting) is one of my favorites. You can experiment & be creative with Oil paints, Fabric color, Glass color; Double glasses, stained glass. Let me briefly tell you about Glass Painting, yes my favorite one.
Glass Painting
In India, Glass painting took birth in the state of Gujarat (around eighteenth century). As a subjective art Glass painting came into picture in India when Chinese artists settle down near coastal region of Gujarat state. There is no decisive acquaintance about the foundation of Glass Painting in world, but some assumption are made that may be Egypt or Byzantium has introduce Glass painting technique in 4th century A.D. France, England, Germany (14th century), Italy (16th century) were the next places where the Glass Painting art enormously flourished. Glass painting is one of the best options one can opt to transform their lifeless wall with a work of genius.
To create Glass Painting what you need is just a clean piece of Glass, Paint, beautiful imagination, a little bit of creativity and a little bit of patience and here is a wonderful masterpiece ready to decorate your interior...
In coming posts I’ll share how to get started with different forms of paintings viz. glass, pot, sand etc. Also I’ll share a few of my own creations & Glass Painting Patterns for free download.
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