Monday, March 15th, 2010 | Author:

Glass painting is a school of art in itself. There are various tolls and techniques that are used in glass painting. Traditional stained glass painting can be done on a surface of a sheet of glass where details with traditional lead lines are added later. This style of painting was also so that light could be avoided.

Glass paints are usually browns and gray-blacks and are water or gum-arabic based. They are applied through brushes just like watercolors are. In some cases, paints are fired onto the glass using a kiln to bond with the glass.

There are other types of traditional stained glass paints as well such as vinegar paint, silver stain and oil based paints. Vinegar trace glass paint is usually used to completely block out the light passing through it.

It is most often used for designs and the paints that are used for the same are mixed with water, vinegar and gum. Due to the gum, the paint becomes fairly thick. This thick paint then easily sticks to the glass. Gum Arabic is available in powder form and is later mixed with water. While using this technique one needs to wet the glass as well as paint the surface with a wet brush.

Care needs to be taken while using this technique as you can’t apply more paint to a particular place once it is dried. If you do, the paint can flake when fired in the kiln.

The key to learn this technique right is to learn how to apply the right amount of paint. If you apply too much then the painting will have blots and if it is too little then it will dry before you even complete the stroke. Once this is done, the paint is fired to around 1100 degrees F. after which it becomes shiny.

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