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Materials Needed

1. Glass Sheet ( Square or rectangular as per the size of painting )
You may also take Transparency sheets made of plastic.
Atleast they won’t break , but give the same effect as on glass.
2. Glass colors ( Solvent Based – they last longer )
3. Kerosene / Thinner – Used for thinning the colors
4. Aluminuim Foil
5. Black Oil Paint
6. Brush ( Not of plastic bristles )
7. M-Seal / Silver Glass Outliner / Black Glass Outliner ( Comes along with colors )
8. soft Piece of Cloth to wipe off.
9. Talcum Powder

Glass Colors are basically of 1 types water-based or oil-based. While the oil-based paints are more glossy,
a beginner can start off with a water-based paint as they are easier to handle.They can also be
opaque or translucent.
While the former is better suited for conventional patterns like figures and still-life,
the later gives an enchanting, shimmering quality to the paintings, you may use any  but it is advisable not to use both varieties in the same painting. Each has its own texture and these do not gel.

Glass liners are available, conveniently packaged into tubes.  A golden liner should be used when you paint delicate media ,  but a black liner is recommended. It gives a clear definition to the outlines making the paintings stand out.


1. Clean the glass piece with kerosene, there should not be any dust particles on it , else it will hinder the smooth flow of colors.

2. Choose a pattern. For a glass painting, a pattern must be clean lined.

3.  Once a pattern is selected, copy it on to a piece of paper of the same size as the piece of glass.
The pattern must be drawn exactly on the center of the sheet.

4.  First a traced design is placed on the table and the plain glass is above the design, so that the design is clearly seen through the glass.    Refer post on velvet     painting., The design should be inn perfect alignment with the piece of paper.


There are two ways to trace the ouline , the first way is to directly use a black outliner ( easier ) the second is to use M-seal.
The edges might break after some time.

5a. Trace out the outline carefully on the glass with the glass-liner, squeezing the tube from the bottom.

5b. Mix the two coloured pastes of the mseal in equal proportion to get a wax finish. With the help of talcum powder roll the dough (Mseal Mixture)
into thin and even strings. This string is stuck with glue over the glass on the outline of the trace which is kept under the glass and allowed to dry.
When it dries colour it with black glass paint.

6. Take care not to smudge any part of the the traced pattern while working upon another part of the drawing.

If this happens accidentally, you may use kerosene / acetone (nail polish remover ) to undo it.

7. Once the whole pattern has been traced, leave it to dry for about 3-4 hours. It may also be dried with hot air to hasten up the drying process.
You may use the convenient hair dryer for it. :P, Be careful here since the colors may also spill , due to air pressure.

8. After the glass painting pattern has dried completely, start filling it in with glass colors of your choice.
Use one-directional strokes to fill in the paint. You should ideally not move your brush , but the colors , much like the opposite way of painting.
Avoid spilling, do not take two much paint.

Before you start painting the colour, test your shades on the corner of the glass  or a transparency trail sheet , and wipe it off with the thinner.
The colour choice should be perfect  because the stained glass paint gets dried up fast and the correction cannot be done easily.
While painting, the colour blending should be done quickly and carefully.

9.  Use fine-tipped brushes to fill out the corners and areas near the outlines. If bubbles appear , break them with brush before they dry out.

10. Avoid painting the second layer just after the first one , generally second layer should be avoided.

11. If you are using multi colored section ( for e.g a 2 colored leaf ) , allow the first color to dry first completely, then paint the second half.
Else 2 colors may flow beneath each other on the edges , destroying the aura of the painting.

12. Once the color is done , allow the painting to dry completely.

After its done , there are 2 ways to finalize the painting , you may crush a silver foil and put it behind it as shown ,
You may also draw a second border and color the remaining portion with black oil paint. ( This should be done if light colors are used for painting.)