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[Stained Glass Gems] All About traditional Glass Painting
December 20, 2009

Issue 13! All About Traditional Glass Painting

Bell Bell

Welcome to all stained glass enthusiasts. These Stained Glass Gems have been found during my frequent browsing and deep digging for helpful and or unusual stained glass web sites, as well as other information pertaining to stained glass. I have a long list that I will share with you over the months ahead. I do hope that there's a gem or two that will brighten your day and be helpful during your stained glass journey.

Whatever holiday you're about to celebrate, I wish you a wonderful and happy day. My holiday is Christmas, so I'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas.

This month's ezine will be all about Glass Painting. Many people have asked about it, so I will tell you about the traditional way to do glass painting as well as the untraditional way that is used to add a few features to a piece.

Traditional glass painting isn't just about faces, hands and robes found in your old church windows, or the windows found in early 20th century homes. It can also encompass modern designs or anything in between

I have done traditional glass painting, but that was quite a few years ago when we had our business in Australia. I attended workshops given by 2 glass painters, Albinus Elskus and Brian Kerkvliet, and learned enough to be able to do simple painting repairs for the many church windows we restored.

Web Site of the Month

John K Clark, Glass Painter John does incredible work. His painting is diversified from traditional church windows to contemporary pieces. I particularly like the fish (next to last project in the second row from the bottom).

Let's Chat

Stained Glass Town Square This site covers both traditional/fired glass painting and the non-traditional type painting using stained glass simulating paints from craft stores.

The Glass Artist This site is fairly new and doesn't have many threads yet, but the information given is worth reading.

Where To Get It

Glass Painting Brushes

Glass Paints

Paint Mediums


Free Painting Guides

Dvd's by Peter McGrain on traditional Glass Painting

The Art of Painting on Glass by Albinus Elskus.

Color Magic Paint products

Color Magic UV Sealant

Tips and Techniques

Since I no longer have room for a kiln, I use Color Magic paints to do mainly eyes and hands on some of my panels. The paint works on glass as well as metal, and it also looks great wiped on, then off of etched and sandblasted glass. It gives a subtle color those areas. There is a pen available that will hold the paint if you want to do some writing or fine detail work.

If you're going to use the paint on something that will be hanging in sunlight, be sure to get the UV Sealant and apply it after the paint is dry. The Sealant will help prevent the paint from fading. It fades quickly without the sealant...something I have had a sad experience with.

Kay Bain Weiner, who markets the paint, has written several book about various techniques using Color Magic paint, and at least one book on traditional glass painting.

I have nothing to say about the following web sites other than the fact that they all are worth looking at and learning from. each one has something of interest if you want to know more about traditional painting on glass.

Mellinium Art Glass This is a fairly comprehensive site that has lots of pictures showing many of the steps required to do traditional glass painting. There are quite a few pages with much to read and learn about

Glass Painting Tour

Glass Painting Instructions

Glass Painting Techniques in an Historical Context

Painting Instructions for Golden Dragonfly Glass

The Techniques and Secrets of Beautiful Glass Painting—Silhouettes

In The Works

In the next couple of weeks my first video will be on the Running Pliers Tutorial. Please remember, it's our (my husband is doing the editing, etc and learning as he goes) first endeavor! I am showing the many ways you can use your running pliers. They aren't just for straight cuts, like many people are taught.

Miscellaneous Stuff!

Here is the newest issue of Spectrum's The Score" As always, it's packed full of new patterns and interesting information.

Best deals in art glass suppliesDelphi Stained Glass Supplies is a place I have bought many supplies from over the years. Some very helpful people work there. I once needed a sheet of a particular Kokomo streaky glass that had the color distribution in a particular sequence. While I was on the phone, the sales person was in the warehouse pulling out glass and describing it to me. When it arrived, it was exactly what I wanted. You can't ask for better service than that!

book"Make a Box With a Hinged Lid" is an ebook that will walk you through making a stained glass box. Read about what is included in the book and how it will simplify box making. You'll get 2 free gifts when you order. "Make a Box With a Hinged Lid"

book For your convenience, my Lead Came Tutorial is now available as an e-Book.

It contains everything found in the Lead Tutorial as well as larger pictures and a practice pattern to use while learning the techniques. Use ordinary window glass while you're learning and save your colored glass for when you're ready to make some windows.

It only takes a minute to order, and you can download it right away, as an Adobe PDF document. Get it today for only $9.95

If you're not completely satisfied, it comes with a 30 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee.

Buy Now

Have a look at How-To DVDs You're going to find hundreds of "How To" DVD's for rent. They have some very interesting stained glass tutorials which can be found at Glass

Do you need a pattern resizer or a design program? I can highly recommend Pattern Wizard and Rapid Resizer. They are reasonably priced and you get a fairly long free trial before you have to commit to paying for them. You have the option of buying one or the other or both.

Just in case you don't know, the Stained Glass Gems ezine is mailed out the third Sunday of every month. Be on the look out for [Stained Glass Gems] Issue 14 on Sunday, January 17th.

I want to encourage you to have fun and experiment with your glass. Try new things and different techniques. It's amazing what you can do when you "think outside the box."


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