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Glass Painting

Glass Painting

A selection of paints formulated for painting on glass which can also be used on other surfaces including wood, metal, ceramic, acrylic, plaster, foil and stone. The experimental artist may even explore using the glass paints on canvas to create highly glossed images.

The water based Deka Cristal glass paints are suitable for use by supervised children, while the solvent based paints are only recommended for use by adults and should be used in a ventilated area. The Deka Transparent glass paints and the Pebeo Vitrail paints are both solvent based and provide a more durable finish. The glass paints have been formulated for decorative purpose and it is not recommended to serve food from painted items. To help with adhesion to the glass surface, these paints can be heat hardened in an oven. Use the paste out liner to create a stained glass effect.

Painting on Glass or Ceramics

Ensure the surface is dust and grease free. Clean with soapy water or white spirit and dry with a lint free cloth. To prevent transferring grease from your hands try to handle the glass as little as possible or wear plastic gloves.

If painting on glass, a design can be created on paper first and then stuck to the side not intended for painting so that the design can be seen through the glass and used as a template.

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 or relief paint. 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. Brushes can be cleaned with water when used with Deka Cristal but will need white spirit or a solvent based brush cleaner when used with Deka Transparent.

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