Stained Glass Painting

By Liz Fichtl (gordo) on June 10, 2010

I've loved stained glass since I was a child. The colors just thrill me. I am especially fond of Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained glass work. Its just that I don't want to work with glass cutting, lead came and all that soldering. I came up with an alternate and effective solution. Painted stained glass!

 

 

Stained Glass Window Painting

 

   I've loved stained glass since I was a child. The colors just thrill me. I am especially fond of Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained glass work. Its just that I don't want to work with glass cutting, lead came and all that soldering. I came up with an alternate and effective solution. Painted stained glass!
   Some years ago, I was an itinerant artist and used to paint signs on windows for local businesses. I used a paint called, "Sign Painters One Shot," that is specifically used for painting on glass. It withstands sun and weather and is perfect for using on windows indoors and out. By using a kind of acrylic painting technique (building up thin layers), you can control the opacity of the paint and the amount of light you allow through it.
I'll continue posting both the before and after photos as well as "work in progress photos."
   Give it a try! Fast, easy and no cut fingers!

Materials list:

Your paint and where to purchase: http://www.tcpglobal.com/pinstriperdepot/psdoneshot.aspx?gclid=CN7dnv7pjZQCFQqgnAodMlrOWw

Sable hair brushes: Soft bristle, rounds, wide enough to make a 1/4" line and others enough to fill in both small and large areas (1/2" and 1").

Sharpie Markers: regular and chisel tip (if you feel you need it)

12", 18", 36" straight edges.

Masking tape

Small baby food jars for both mineral spirits and small amounts of paint.

Mineral spirits

Paper towels

Clean window

 

Our window:

Our Window - 1

 

Select your design from a book or photograph.
Scan it into your computer.
Drop the image into your Paintshop or Photoshop program, crop to the image and divide the photo into manageable grids. Make sure your pages can be scaled to print on standard 8 1/2 x 11 photo paper.

The Design

 

Print the individual sections of the design, then tape them on to the window for easy reference (line placement, color).

Positioning the design

Placement

 

After you've sketched part (or all) of your design on the window with your Sharpie, begin painting in your "lead." Use black One Shot.

Making progress!

More progress!

 

Finished with my "leading." Time to lay in our colors!

Leading finished

 

Laying in transparencies of color.

More progress - 2

 

More progress...

More progress - 2

 

Getting there...

Getting There!

 

Done!

Done!

Done - 2.

 

In order to maintain washability of your new stained glass window, give it a few coats of clear acrylic (Krylon) spray.

Clean with mild dish washing detergent. Rub gently now!

 

I hope this inspires you! I'll post other stained glass paintings in my cubit soon. Good luck with all of your projects!
My cubit is: A Little Bit Of Paradise.

 


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art, decorating, hobbies, home decorating, interior design, painting, Stained Glass, windows

About Liz Fichtl
Liz is the owner of Arghya Gardens a small botanical garden/nursery in Central Florida. The garden is home to Brugmansia, Passiflora, Amaryllis, a host of tropical vines and a collection of other tropical plants. Most of her work with plants involves hybridizing Brugmansia, Amaryllis and Passiflora. She lives in a small coast town with her husband, a musician-composer-pianist. She is also mother to three vocal, demanding cats, and a dog who puts up with a lot.

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Comments and discussion:
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Exact paint to buy??? crittergarden Dec 17, 2013 3:02 PM 2
Wow! BrugBitten Jul 31, 2011 4:32 PM 0
You've solved a HUGE problem for me! coconut Jun 21, 2010 8:34 PM 1
Awesome valleylynn Jun 14, 2010 6:48 AM 5
bravo bravo!!! Boopaints Jun 12, 2010 10:54 PM 8
Wow Trish Jun 12, 2010 1:43 PM 4
Talent! stilldew Jun 11, 2010 2:50 PM 1
I'm Really Impressed! nap Jun 11, 2010 11:02 AM 11

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