How to paint glass and mason jars


Are you thinking about painting glass in your home? Perhaps it’s a dull window or an old glass that requires a makeover. The thought of painting glass is tempting, but you have to gather the necessary tools and learn the step-by-step method.

Of course, creativity will be yours, but there are some technical aspects you need to be aware of.

Here’s a complete article that shares insights and tips that will help achieve the results you desire.

This particular guide tells you more about the methods of preparing the glass and the products needed to get the best finish. There is more! We will also be sharing some painting tricks and hacks that you might want to try.

How to paint glass

Let’s dive right into the article.

A Brief History Of Colored Glasses

Glass painting is not a new phenomenon. Ancient Romans indulged in reverse glass painting, which is quite similar to the type we see today.

But, the first prominent use of glass painting was seen in the 10th century. This was the time when churches were being built in Europe. The windows were humungous, and artists painted Bible characters and Jesus Christ on these.

In the 12th century (Gothic period), churches across Europe became famous for intricate glass paintings. As we entered the Renaissance period, glass painting became a trend. It flourished during the Renaissance period. These were not just confined to churches. In fact, many homes and other establishments embraced this art.

Glass painting continues to be popular in different parts of the world. Both developing, as well as underdeveloped countries appreciate the beauty of glass painting. And, the trend may continue for decades.

The question is – How to paint glass like a PRO? Well, it will take practice to reach perfection, but you are not far from home. The next section will highlight the things you need to do before painting glass. Don’t try to skip this section as it forms a base. You might want to skim through it before beginning the process.

Choose The Right Kind of Glass Objects

Most people want to paint glass for DIY projects, and others wish to sell them. No matter what your cause is – a decorative piece for the table or a flourishing colored glass business, you have to ensure you are choosing the right glass object.

Save the glass jars that you bought last year. You can also buy wine glasses, plates, a window, or vases. You can also paint tea-light glass holders and other glass materials.

Don’t pick anything which is cracked or stained. Avoid glasses with sharp edges – it might lead to unwanted cuts. Once you have selected the glass, we move on to the next step.

Washing & Cleaning The Glass

The next step is to wash and clean the glass. So, for starters, wash the glass with clean water and ensure that no residue, dirt, or debris remains.

Glass attracts all kinds of debris and dirt – that’s why you need to clean it thoroughly. Make sure you use warm and soapy water to do this.

Use a soft dish towel to dry off the glass. Then, let it dry. You can also wipe the glass using a dry cloth and alcohol.

In the case of stickers and residue, use white vinegar or alcohol to rub it off. It will come off easily. Most glasses have stickers as well as labels. So, it is best to remove these before you start the DIY project. Another important pointer you need to remember is to hold the glass with clean hands. Our body secretes natural oils. Thus, the glass may get stained by the oil in our hands. Wash your hands with soap and water. Use a towel to dry your hand and then hold the glass material. The ideal method would be to put your hands inside the glass jar and then paint it. Do not touch places where you wish to paint.

How To Pick Glass Paint For The Job?

Welcome to the world of glass paints. You are going to find several glass paints on the market. Some are temporary, and others last forever. But, there is more to it.

You would also need to choose between Non-Toxic and Food-Safe. Both are different.

Even if a product says that it is non-toxic does not mean that it is safe to put your lips around the paint.

Moving on, you will find different kinds of paints for the job. These are:

1.       Acrylic enamel paint: This type of paint is easy to use and does not require baking/heat to set. It offers a glossy outcome but is recommended for beginners.

2.       Acrylic glass paints: This type of paint has to be set in the oven for heating/baking. It contains a special formula that is designed to stick on plastic, ceramic, and glass. The colors are UV resistant, permanent, and microwave safe. 

3.       Acrylic paints (medium required): A medium is added to acrylic paint so that it can easily stick on the surface.

4.       Solvent-based paints: It takes 8 hours for the paint to set. Also, microwaving is not required for solvent-based paints. If you have a stained glass project, this product is useful for you.

5.       Special acrylic markers: An easy to control product, glass acrylic markers are meant for beginners. The only downside of this product is that you will have to pump the paint from time to time. Hence, there will be no consistent flow.

The Recommended Brushes

There is no special preference here. You can use synthetic as well as natural brushes for the job. The choice is yours!

As for the brush’s size, you have to choose a small tip, a pointy one for intricate work. For fine detailing, Nylon brushes are preferred.

A scraper and pick set is a necessity, especially when you intend to correct mistakes. Ideally, get a brush set meant for glass painting. This will offer flexibility, and you will be able to use it for different projects.

Now that you have all the information, it’s time to find out how you can paint glass. Keep reading!

How To Paint Glass? – REVEALED

The process of glass painting is not as complicated. But, you have to ensure that your workstation is tidy.

1. Start with setting all the materials for the job. The tools should be within your reach – the brushes, paint, pick set, and the glass you wish to paint.

2. Clean the glass (as we have mentioned above). If the glass is not clean, the result will be unsatisfactory.

3. Take a piece of paper and sketch the design on it. This will help you to gain an understanding of what hues will look good on the glass. Also, it is ideal for drawing the design on paper before you start doing the job because you would know what to paint. Never rush! Great artworks always take time.

4. Now that you have the design on a piece of paper, keep it below the glass surface and start drawing. Use a black liner for the job. If you happen to have a steady hand, a permanent marker will do. In case you are a beginner, use a temporary one and rub off the smudges using alcohol.

5. Always be ready to mix and match the hues to get the perfect color.

6. You can air-dry the paint or bake it. It all depends on the glass you have chosen and the type of paint. You have to ensure that the glass you are using can handle the high temperature. If it cannot handle high temperature, you would have to choose a paint that sticks without baking/heating.

Voila! Your glass painting is all set to be showcased. You can even paint glass bottles and add some fairy lights to them. Many interior designers and decorators use these glass-painted bottles and tea-light holders to enhance the overall look of the space.

Expert Tips for Avid Painters

We know you are excited to start the job, but we have some really useful tips to share.

•         Use striping tape to paint geometric shapes on the glass.

•         Feel free to use stencils. They are great for those who want clean designs.

•         Check the color on an old glass surface before you start painting it on the real material. This will give you an idea about the actual color.

•         Feel free to experiment. You can mix and match the colors of your choice.

•         Use the paintbrush’s back to make polka dots on glass.

•         You can create your own stencils at home. These are quite useful for DIY projects. You save a lot of money.

Concluding Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed reading this informative post. Don’t shy away from being creative. If you think you are not a good artist, look around you. Imperfections make the world beautiful.

Just follow the tips, hacks, and steps given by us. We are 100% certain that you will create a masterpiece!

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