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Traditional Methods of doing Glass Painting

Great news! There are six traditional methods to make glass painting marvelous. Follow these simple but extraordinary techniques to make your glass painting a fantastic experience. Hurry and get ready for the adventures and interesting ride of creativity which will make your life remarkable. If you can focus on the way we suggest you can be a pioneer in glass painting. Now let us have a discussion on the six mystical methods which made us number one in the glass painting industry.

Trace the lines first:-This step may seem as simple and clear to you as you might have read the same in other books. But remember when you paint a room, you first clean the surface and then you apply first coat to get a perfect finishing to the room. This holds well in the case of glass painting also. Here also you have to first paint the undercoat over the whole surface of glass to get a perfect background. Then you have to start tracing lines on the basement coat of the glass that you have made. You will have a beautiful and amazing experience when you trace line on the first coat that you have given on the glass surface instead of painting in a bare glass. But be cautious to paint the undercoat so lightly and evenly and then allow it to dry. Using an undercoat is simply a common logic but it will work like a magic stick.

Trace lines first and then paint shadows and matting:-This is only a common method that is followed but in fact, if you are really talented and want to create a masterpiece of your own, you can try otherwise. That is you can first paint the shadows and then go for tracing lines. By following this method you can make your painting extraordinary and mind blowing. For this what you have to do is,

1. Start with painting a light, even undercoat over the whole surface of the glass and let it dry.

2. Now shoot some light, dry trace lines in the spot where you want your shadow to be and then allow it to dry.

3. Then highlight these lines by applying a second coat and allow it to dry.

4. As a last step paint a light wash over the whole surface of the unfired glass and immediately before the paint gets dry, with the help of your blender soften the trace lines and turn them to gentle shadows.

Once the paint is dry, you can then trace further details. The gentle blurs and shadows will soften the boldness of your trace line and will give a dazzling effect to your painting.

Fire each layer to avoid blistering of paints:-As believed by all, painting on the top of unfired paint is not just a reason for blistering. In other words, paint will not blister if we paint on the top of an unfired glass. Usually we paint six layers of paint and then fire the glass only once. Even then paint never blisters. So now let us discuss the causes for blistering. There are mainly four causes for blistering of paints.

The first cause for blistering of paints is increased quantity of gum Arabic in the paint and which can be solved by reducing the quantum of gum Arabic in the paint by diluting the same. The second reason for blistering is applying the second layer when the first layer is wet and in order to check this situation insist on applying the second layer only after the first layer is completely dry. The third reason for blistering of paint is the correction of a stroke when the layer is wet. The solution is not to apply correction on a wet layer. The last reason for blistering of paints is the variation in the firing timing and this can be rectified by regulating the temperature or the time according to the need.

If you follow these guidelines you can effectively paint on the top of unfired paint according to your whims and fancies and can create a mind blowing and astonishing work by restricting the blistering of paints.

Fire the glass separately: - In order to create a depth and magical touch to your work it is advisable to paint on both sides of a piece of glass. For example in order to make an impression of peering through the waves to see the fish beneath the wave you have to take a blue piece of glass and paint waves on top and fish beneath. The greatest advantage in doing this type of work in a single firing is that you can adjust both the sides before fixing them permanently in the furnace. But majority of the people are unaware of the art of painting on both sides of the glass. And among the people who know the technique of painting on both sides of the glass, there is a wrong notion that each side to be fired separately. But this is not at all true. Usually what we do in our studio is we place the glass on a bed of plaster of parries and fire the glass just once. The heat form the kiln is more than enough to fire paint on both the sides at once, without sticking beneath. So try this technique for yourself so as to understand the advantages of this method.

Avoid mixing oil and water: - This is also a ridiculous myth and we believe nobody has ever tried mixing oil and water. But fortunately, when tried we became successful and it produced amazing results. What we do is as follows: - First, as usual to shade and trace we use some water-based paint. Then before firing we use some oil-based paint to add more details. The most interesting fact is that the oil-based paint never disturbs the unfired water-based paint below. Then the glass is fired just once. In this way it is quite possible to add as many as six layers of paint one over the other without blistering of paint. Thus it is possible to finish our glass painting with perfection in a single firing.

Mix paint in small quantum: - This is the last among the six amazing techniques that we wanted to share with you. It is not at all necessary that when we mix paint we should do it in small quantities only. Instead, you should mix large quantities of paints for a perfect finishing of you work. Frankly speaking, mixing of paint in bulk quantities really paved the way to find out the other five amazing techniques which we discussed earlier. So always mix the paint in large volumes before you start painting to know the real fun of colors.

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