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Glass Painting

By on November 20, 2012

Glass painting has earned huge popularity these days as great wall décor items. People love to purchase glass based paintings because of their visual brightness and gorgeous colorful looks. There are wide array of subjects, which can be painted on glass base: the great combo of colors and opaque glass base looks magnificent in its effect.

Types of Glass paintings

Initially glass paintings were only of two types, some new types and trends were introduced later in the methodology.  The initial two types are inside surface painting and another is reverse glass painting. In both the cases oil and hard raisin treated colors are used on gum base. In case of reverse paint, drawings and engravings are done on the reverse side of the glass. The effect of reverse glass paint style adds a matte finish to its array of colors while normal glass paintings look extremely sparkling and attractive. The best part of glass based painting is its gamut of subjects that can match with any home décor as well as with mono or multiple color background, etc.

The history of glass paint art

During 15th-18th century this stream of painting was considered a folk art convention in North America and in neighboring European countries. Recently glass painting has established a great popularity in Northern Europe as a quality artifact which combines the quality of painting and a remarkable versatility of subject, shape, colors, and its typical features. As glass paint jobs are more about skill and great control of brush stroke on glass, it’s more an illustration than a painting.

During 19th century glass painting trends were rejuvenated. Glass painting became an instant hit as its look and designs were perfectly in tune with gothic architecture and related artistic collections. From this time onward, some new techniques of glass painting were introduced some of which were:

  • Oil based glass paints – used with an oil-turpentine base,
  • Matt paint – used for covering backgrounds and adding to shadows. Here color selection was  quite restricted, only blacks, blues, brown, and greens were in use.
  • Vinegar Trace paints –  mostly used for designing lines or for drawing figures.
  • Silver stain – available in shades of red, yellow, and orange and after firing, contrary to its name, it turned golden later on.

Since 20th century glass paintings are always on focus; these days painters and artists are quite comfortable with experimenting on different color media and bringing versatile glass effects so that the painting looks different than conventional glass work. The practice of painting on stained glass is also a latest addition in glass painting realm.

Few tips for glass painting

  • Use of printed or textured type of glass is not recommended, [the clarity of painting gets badly disrupted]
  • Before painting the glass, the painter needs to clean it, dusty surface does not hold color appropriately.
  • Prior sketching is always recommended, it makes the coloring work easily manageable.
  • Glass paintings’ colors are absolutely different in texture. It is always good to purchase a complete kit.
  • Color smudging can spoil the whole work. Therefore precision and caution are both recommended for great result.

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