Glass Painting Designs

If you've decided to make glass painting designs on your own, you'll need to know how to do it and what to expect.

Finding Patterns
The first thing you'll need is a piece of glass. Wash it, dry it, swab it with rubbing alcohol and let it dry again. This ensures that the paint will adhere properly.

Next you'll need a design. There are various sources available on the Internet for you to print out a pattern. One place to start looking for free patterns is http://www.artglassworld.com/index.cfm?page=main_pattern. Remember that you can resize images to fit smaller or larger pieces of glass by using an image-editing program.

If you can't find anything you like online, you can always trace a design onto a piece of paper, or create your own from scratch. Whichever method you choose, remember the two main rules of glass paintings: first, don't let colors overlap, keep them in separate areas. Second, avoid tiny areas of color. Think about stained-glass windows as you're choosing or creating a design, and you'll come up with patterns that work.

Capturing the Design on Glass
Once you have your design plotted onto paper, place the paper flat on a surface and place your piece of glass over it. Make sure the paper and glass are aligned properly. Also be sure you can see the lines of the design through the glass; if not, go over them with a pen or marker. Now very carefully trace the design using a fine brush and black paint. Once your design is traced, let the paint dry.

Now comes the cool part. The dry black paint will form borders for you to color in without the paint spilling over into the next section. Just don-t apply to much in one area. Grab some brilliant colors and begin to fill in the sections of the design as you see fit. Try to use one-directional brush strokes when filling in a section, and never apply more than one coat of paint. This can make one section stand out over the others and distract from the piece as a whole. Once you are finished filling in the sections, let the paint dry.

Now you've created your first of hopefully many glass paintings. Experiment with creating your own designs by sketching them out on paper. Remember, with art there's no set rules, just have fun.

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