Friday, 9 December 2011

Painting on Glass

Deka Cristal and Deka Transparent paints have been formulated specifically for painting on non-porous surfaces such as glass, metal and ceramics. 

Deka Cristal can be diluted and cleaned up with water making it a good choice for use with children. Deka Transparent is solvent based and adheres to the surface more effectively and should be used in a well ventilated room.  Both paints dry to a hard, transparent varnish.

Before painting it is important to clean off any grease or dirt from the surface of the glass.  Wash in warm soapy water, rinse and dry with a lint free cloth.  Try to handle the glass as little as possible to prevent transfer residue back onto the surface.

Painting by Maisie Parker
The paint has a relatively high viscosity and can be applied free hand with a medium sized paint brush.  Areas in a design can be defined by an outliner.  This is applied to the glass before painting and creates a raised border, giving the traditional effect of a stained glass window.

Cocktail sticks, kitchen paper and cotton buds are ideal tools for fixing mistakes.  Dip in water for water based paints or white spirit for solvent based paints.

The Glass Painting Explorer pack (this link will take you to the George Weil website) is a good way to get started with glass painting and includes a selection of glass shapes, 3 jars of Deka Cristal and a brush.

We also have a selection of glass shapes on offer in addition to the glass paints and out liners.  Visit the Glass Painting section of the George Weil website to find out more. 

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