I always had this desire to learn glass painting since the time I was a kid. The interest though was acquired from my sister, who had attended glass painting classes and used to bring home her assignments. For some reason, I had this view that paintings on the glass medium not only require a lot of finesse but they also look very elegant.So I tried to look up places in Banglaore that offer classes in glass painting. There were numerous options, however either they were located too far or were too expensive or the timings were just not feasible. This prompted me to go through DIY videos posted on youtube as well as blogs written by enthusiastic glass painters.Well, there was a huge treasure trove of information.It didn’t take me long to realize that I can at least attempt a few basic and simple designs. The final result is there for you to see
I picked up these designs from one of the three design books I had in my possession.Initially, I spent some time trying to pick up an appropriate design from the web, but to no avail.Picking the right design is very important, especially for beginners.The guiding principle was that the design should be simple, should not have too many intricate details, but should have large, simple and smooth curves that are easy to trace.Also, it should not require too many colours or any unique colour that’s obtained by blending of colours.Keeping this in mind, I finalized on the above two designs.
A minimum requirement for glass painting are glass liners, glass paints(waterbased and non-waterbased), and the glass surface itself.The design is first traced on paper which is then fixed under the glass surface.Using the outliner, the design is then traced on the glass.After allowing the outline to dry, paint is filled into the required areas.When framing the picture, a crushed silver foil is used as backdrop for visual effects.Acetone or nail polish remover can be used to wipe out any paint that spills, even though the outliner should ideally prevent the same. A cutter can be used for evening or thinning the outline.Alternatively, a permanent black marker can also be used for outlining in intricate places.Also, it is very important to ensure that bubbles do not form when filling the paint.If they do form, however, a safety pin or toothpick can be used for bursting them immediately.It is also advisable for beginners to use waterbased paints that can be pumped out, so that a brush need not be used.
Of the two paintings above, the cherries were comparatively simpler.For the peacock,I had to put in more time and effort, especially in getting the outline perfected.Overall, I feel the biggest pressure point for glass paintings is the outline and ensuring that the paint is spread evenly, without bubbles.An uneven jagged outline can spoil the beauty of the whole work.But having said that, glass painting is also one of the simplest forms of painting that require relatively lesser time.
Finally, I would like to sign off on the note that I think I didn’t do too bad a job for a beginner