Feb 28, 2011

Glass Painting FAQs & Tips for Beginners

HobbyPaint A few of my readers have landed at my blog searching about some specific beginner’s level query about Painting, Glass Painting & type of Painting Brushes etc. To do justice with these readers I have compiled a few queries for this post to specifically address the beginners concern about painting. Hope this helps.

What should be the thickness of glass for glass painting?

  • Use 2mm glass sheet for best possible clarity or transparency (but handle it with utmost care while framing & transporting. It is brittle)
  • Use 3 mm glass sheet if you require durability & a fair degree of transparency.

For best results a 3mm glass sheet is recommended.

Also refer - Glass Painting Tips and Tricks

What are the types of painting brush?

  • Pony Brush
  • Fan Brush
  • Hog Brush
  • Flat brush
  • Round Brush
  • Filbert brush

Depending on your choice you can opt for Natural or Synthetic bristles. Every time after use it is essential to clean the brush properly otherwise the paint dries on it making the brush useless. Bristles can be quickly cleaned by washing it with warm water and mild soap or dipping it in thinner.

How to remove stain from glass before doing glass painting?

The first step for starting any Glass Painting is to clean your Glass Sheet with soap water and wipe it with the help of some tissue sheet by holding the glass sheet from its corner. Sometimes soap water is not enough to remove stubborn stain like grease, in such case using thinner or alcohol on cotton swab is helpful.

How to get 3D effect for sand painting?

For getting 3D effect for sand painting thick outliner or thick black thread can be used. Trace the pattern on a wooden board. Apply adhesive on outline with help of nozzle (or paint brush) and stick thick black thread. Apply desired color on the thread.


Trace the pattern on wooden board. Simply apply thick outliner. For more refer Sand Painting Tutorial for Beginners

Which type of color should be used for Glass painting?

Any type of color which glass hold’s can be used. For glass painting specially glass color are available in different shades, sometimes Artist’s call it as transparent color. Fabric color can also be used in painting Glass, which is also refer to as opaque color.

For details refer Glass Painting Tutorial for Beginners beginners tutorial

What are the uses of Outliner?

Outliner can be used for multiple forms of painting - Glass Painting, Canvas Painting, Murals, and Name Plates etc.

How to avoid air bubbles while using glass color (transparent color) while painting glass surface/sheet?

  • Never shake the bottle of glass color.
  • If the bubbles appear, then immediately pierce it with pin/needle or remove it with paint brush.

Stay tuned for more FAQs…

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  1. I'm not into glass painting but this post will be useful if I feel like trying it some day

  2. I did not know this type of art existed. Thanks for teaching me something.

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  4. it is actually good....these day i am doing the same....good u guys posted this...thanxs

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