Glass Painting Basics

Deka Transparent on Glass, Glass painting example

Glass paints are available as either solvent based or water based products. Water is used to dilute water based paints and to clean brushes making them a safer options for children. Solvent based paints should be thinned with white spirit which should also be used to clean up brushes and spills. They should be used in a well ventilated room.

The glass paints offered on this web site include Deka Cristal water based paint and Deka Transparent solvent based paint. The paints can be used for a variety of surfaces including wood, ceramics, plaster, metal, stone and card. The colours are transparent but become more opaque when layered.

Before painting on glass it is necessary to ensure that the surface is dust and grease free. Clean the glass with soapy water or white spirit and dry with a lint free cloth. Either wear plastic gloves or try to handle the glass as little as possible.

The paint has a relatively high viscosity and can be applied free hand with a medium sized paint brush. Areas in a design can be defined by an outliner. This is applied to the glass before painting and creates a raised border, giving the traditional effect of a stained glass window.

Cocktail sticks, kitchen paper and cotton buds are ideal tools for fixing mistakes. Dip in water for water based paints or white spirit for solvent based paints.

This glass (above) was painted by Maisie Parker who sells her designs.

The Glass Painting Explorer pack is a good way to get started with glass painting and includes a selection of glass shapes, 3 jars of Deka Cristal and a brush.

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