Part 4 – Glass and Stone
Acrylic paint is one of the most versatile mediums available on the art market today.
One of its popular sort after uses is painting on glass.
You can paint on almost any type of glass, including glazed ceramic, transparent glass, opaque glass, mirrors and crystal. Acrylics come in a range of speciality glass paints, many are true to their promise, they are specifically created to adhere on glass but the end result does rely on the preparation of the surface you have chosen.
Follow my glass painting tips and you can create any basic glass object into a piece of art.
- Firstly, your chosen glass surface must be clean, free of dirt and grime and thoroughly dry. Wash in hot soapy water using a soft dishcloth then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Mix a solution of warm water and vinegar for the final rinse. Dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Allow the piece to air dry, just to be sure there is no moisture residue remaining.
- Handle the glass with care. Remember glass is fragile.
- Skin contains natural oils which can create smudging on the glass. You can use “Windex” and cotton buds to remove any finger prints or marks. Alternatively, you may wear cotton gloves to protect the glass from fingerprints.
- If you are working on a transparent surface you can cut a piece of paper to fit the design surface. Draw your chosen design on the paper. Then fold or roll the paper so it fits smoothly under or inside the glass. Tape it down with magic tape and trace the design onto the painting surface. Remove the paper and you have your outline.
- If the surface is opaque draw your design onto tracing paper, then transfer it onto the glass surface using the graphite paper and stylus. Remove and clean up any graphite residue using the cotton buds dipped in a little Windex. Let it dry thoroughly before you begin painting.
- Glass is a shiny and slick surface so you may need to apply several coats of paint to achieve an opaque coverage. Let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next coat. Otherwise if the previous coat is still wet you may end up removing it with the following coat. Avoid overstroking when painting each coat.
- Never allow glass paint to mix with water. This will weaken the paints adhesion to the glass. Dry your brushes thoroughly after washing. Water left on the brushes after washing can affect the adhesion of the paint as well.
- Correct any mistakes using the cotton bud dipped into a little Windex.
- Let the painted glassware dry for at least 48 hours. Then place the piece on a baking sheet and bake it in an oven ( not a microwave ) to cure the paint. Always follow the directions on the paint bottle.
- Always hand wash glassware, Do not place in dishwasher.
- Although acrylic paints are non toxic, do not allow painted surface to come in contact with food.
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Painting on Stone
Painting on stones or rocks is such a fun activity. And searching for the perfect stone is all part of the journey.
You may have a design in mind, but I can guarantee you that the shape of the stone your drawn to will be the deciding factor that determines the outcome.
- Firstly, you need to find that perfect stone. Smooth rounded stones usually work best. If you have a certain design in mind you‘ll need to find the right shaped stone. Just be aware that picking up stones from national parks is usually prohibited in most countries. If you are having trouble finding that perfect canvas you can purchase bags of stones from nurseries or craft shops.
- Make sure the stone is clean. Wash in hot soapy water using a scrubbing brush or old toothbrush then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- If the stone is a little rough you can sand it down with fine grit sandpaper It’s much easier to paint on a smooth surface.
- If your stone has any chips, cracks or dents, you can use wood filler to repair them. You can also add wood filler at the base of the stone if you wish to create a base so they can stand upright. Choose the side of the stone you want to create the base for and build it up to a flat surface, smooth the edges so they blend nicely into the stone. (Slightly wet your fingers to help the final smoothing and blending process.) You can use a spirit level to make sure that the base is straight.
- Place the stone with the base facing up in an egg carton or something similar to dry.
- When dry, use the sandpaper to lightly sand the area where the wood filler meets the The aim is to get a smooth transition from the filler to the stone’s surface, so that the wood filler is one with the stone.
- Give it a coat of sealer. Then let it dry.
- Basecoat the stone in your desired background colour so the filler and the stone are the same colour
- Now you’re ready to paint the design
- Once you’ve finished painting your design, you’ll need to apply a couple of coats of sealer.