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How to Paint Etched Glass
Painting etched glass is a trending DIY project that allows creators to personalize any glass wear. Creating your very own work of art can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but before you break out your watercolors, there are some important steps to take before you start painting glass. By properly preparing your materials, choosing the appropriate paint and knowing the correct process for painting, your finished etched glass product will look just like the ones you found on Pinterest!
Preparing to Paint Your Glass
Clean your etched glass with a non-streak glass cleaner.After spraying your glass cleaner on the etched glass, simply wipe it away with a paper towel.It is important to clean the glass before painting to remove any grime or excess oils that may still be on it.
- If you can’t find your glass cleaner, you can substitute it for diluted rubbing alcohol.
Clean your brush with acetone before applying the paint to your etched glass.Fill a small, glass jar with acetone and submerge the tip of your brush in it. Swirl the tip of the brush around so that you get any particles or previous color off of the brush. Upon removing the brush from the solvent, wipe it with a paper towel to remove any excess liquid.
Keep the stencil for your design if you have it.Having a clear outline for painting will help you to minimize mistakes. It is suggested, if you are etching the glass yourself, that you leave the stencil in place as you paint.
Test the paint to guarantee your desired result.It never hurts to get to know the paint you are working with. Different paints have slightly different colors and depth and their appeal is subjective to you as the creator.
- Become familiar with the paints by having etched glass pieces to practice on.
Choosing Your Paint
Use paint specifically made for glass, such as enamel, acrylic or solvent based.All of these paints have options that are specifically made to adhere to glass.The durability of each will vary based on manufacturer, so make sure to pay attention to the specific instructions and labels.
- Acrylic paints are specifically designed to adhere to glass and allow for transparency in their colors.
- Enamel based products can be used on both glossy and non-glossy finishes and provides solid coverage of the painted area.
- Solvent-based paints are for more decorative pieces that will only be hand washed. It provides rich coloring but does require mineral spirits for clean up.
Use non-toxic paints when painting dishes.It is important to read the full labels of products you are using to paint dishes. Even though non-toxic does not mean it is safe to ingest, it is safer for you than other options.
- Leave at least .75 inches (1.9 cm)from the opening of cups, mugs, and glasses to ensure you are not ingesting any paint when using them.
Do not mix paints from different manufacturers.Different manufacturers use different chemical compounds that can change the outcome of your work.
Applying the Paint
Use a paintbrush with a fine tip to add color to your etched glass.When creating your artwork, a fine tip paintbrush will allow you to paint smaller, tighter edges. Use small strokes to apply the color but avoid going over the same area too many times.
- Cotton swaps can be used in place of paintbrushes but are best used for smaller projects.
Begin painting with a single color to ensure colors do not bleed together.When it is time to switch to a new color, begin at the opposite end of where you finished using the previous color.This will help keep the different colors you use from merging together as they dry.
- Always clean your brush in acetone before switching to a different color.
Apply a second coat of paint if you are able to see the stroke lines.Not only will applying a second coat of paint help reduce previous stroke lines, but it will enhance the colors of your first paint job as well. If you are satisfied with the results of your first coat, a second is not necessary.
- Make sure that the first coat is completely dry before beginning the second to avoid your colors from mixing together.
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