Glass Painting. Well, Plastic Painting…

Hey kids, today’s craft is glass painting!

This is something I’d had a go at once or twice a long time ago, but never really knew what I was doing. Between an extra 10 or 15 years of general craft experience and an extra 10 or 15 years of the internet becoming a better research tool, I have been, if I say it myself, moderately successful this time.

This was sort of a practice piece for a practice piece for an interior window I want to do in the technique.  So although I have quite a lot of spare glass kicking around the place, I reached for a sheet of plastic, just to have a dab and see how the materials felt. But I got carried away.

I have no idea what I’m going to do with the thing, besides trim it and stick it in a window, I guess.

It’s nicely transparent, though the detail of the gold piping is somewhat lost in silhouette.

Anyway, here’s the process. I started with some concentric circles and radii.

And proceeded to doodle in pencil and then pen for the main ribs of the design, intending to do the details in stages.

Using Pebeo cerne relief, I outlined the main shapes. This stuff pipes a lot like royal icing, so there were some transferable skills there, but I still need a lot of practice to avoid the wibbles and splots and gaps I was getting.

After letting it dry for a couple of hours, which was not long enough, really, I set about filling in with the Pebeo Vitrail glass paint, which was lovely and thick and self-levelling, so it can look a bit of a mess at first, but it spreads into a smooth, even-ish fill. You do need to use quite a lot so it pools.

The initial lines were done with the clear cerne relief medium, but I wanted to do some decorative frippery with gold as well. Aside from one experimental bit that was put on before the colour (see above) I decided it was better to put it on after so I didn’t have to paint around it painstakingly. So I let the paint try overnight and this morning I had miraculously got better at the piping.

The gold isn’t dry yet, but I think/hope it will dry as shiny as everything else did. So yeah, generally positive experience! Now, on to the practice piece proper and then the actual windows…