Glass Painting Techniques

Well I was introduced in this site through my glass paintings. It’s a long time since I have written on my latest hobby.

Today I would like to share about some basic glass paintings lining technique.

  1. First of all, select a small piece of glass (rectangular will be a good option for beginners) and clean & dry the glass thoroughly
  2. After cleaning glass, place the glass over the top of pattern (start with simple design, like a square or a flower with leaves), so that the pattern is visible under the glass.
  3. Make a cone (you can take a square piece of plastic and fold it into a conical shape, like it is done for mehendi) and put the glass liner inside the cone. Make a small cut at the tip to allow the liner to flow out.
  4. (The amount of the tip you remove determines the width of the liner. To produce a fine line, cut off the tip of the applicator just above the opening about 1/16 inch down from the tip)
  5. Now we have to apply the liner, try tracing out the following the lines of a pattern slowly under the glass.
  6. (If it does not flow out of the cone easily it means the material inside is not down in the tip of the cone. Squeeze so that the liner comes at the tip so that the liner comes out smoothly).
  7. Before starting, test it on hand or any spare piece of glass to see whether the liner is coming out easily or not.
  8. Hold the cone firmly and apply a constant pressure for getting neat and uniform lines.
  9. Before beginning each new line, wipe the tip of the cone with a piece of cloth.
  10. Hold the cone at a 45 degree angle to work surface, touch the tip to the surface and start squeezing.
  11. Lift the cone about 1 1/2″ above the work surface and follow the lines of your pattern.
  12. Working slightly above the surface, allows more time and readiness to trace a curved line which leaves a smooth traced line.
  13. As you complete each line, touch the tip down to the surface, stop squeezing and pull the cone away.
  14. Touch down when you start each new line, lift up, let the liner fall along the pattern line and touch down as you stop.
  15. Continue each line as far as possible.
  16. If there is a pattern where you have to go over another line, just go ahead and follow the procedure as mentioned above.

Using basic glass painting techniques, paintings and different types of artefacts can be prepared as the pictures above:

  1. painting of 3 ladies – plain basic glass painting
  2. a fancy wall hanging clock with glass painting lining & colour filling
  3. mirror with glass paintings design
  4. a small table top clock – a perfect gift item
  5. ganesha – another table top gift item done using glass painting technique. 

Useful Tip: Start the lining in the center of the traced pattern and work to the outside. This will help no to smudge the patterns traced inside.

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  1. Sarmila

    Brilliant!! I am going to take some of the paintings this time.. keep in mind!!

  2. Asha

    Malini, you r very talented. I like some of the new ones. Thank you for posting the details. I also like the new profile.

  3. Khushi

    Very good instruction. I am not so artistic, but I can appreciate it. I like the last Ganesha most.

  4. Yasmin

    Wow, Mailini, I’m impressed… Such beautiful stained glass art! You should start a business in this (if you haven’t already)

  5. Tana

    Malini, My favorite is the Jamini-Roy-esque “3 ladies.” Lovely!

  6. sowmya

    hi, can u tell me whch product you have used to get such glittering effect on the ganesha art???

  7. Hi, Nice work. Looking forward to see more paintings from you. Visit my blog and leave your valuable comments after looking at my glass paintings
    Take care

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