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Faux Stained Glass Painting - Video How To's and Techniques
Gallery Glass Paints
Ever tried to make a stained glass masterpiece? Me neither but I have stumbled upon the wide world of faux stained glass painting and I love it! It's a very uncomplicated form of painting that is also removable and reusable for glass surfaces. And for those with children it can be a fun and safe craft for the kiddos because it’s water-based! They can place their works of art on glass surfaces such as their windows. Since they're reusable they can remove it from their windows and place them on their bathroom mirror. Even adults can release some stress by having their own fun creating works of art for glass vases or dressing up a window that may face toward a not so spectacular view. However you choose to display them they are sure to be a hit with family and friends no matter if you're an artist or not. Here are some steps and ideas to a successful faux stained glass look.
Gallery Glass paints
Straight Pin (optional)
Step 1 - Find Image
Find what you want to paint or create your own drawing. Find something with simple lines. If you can not draw, don't worry, find what you have an interest in and print it out. If what you are printing out is too small use a copier to increase the size of a picture and then you can trace it and create your faux stained painting. If you cannot find an image with simple lines take the detailed piece and place a sheet of tracing paper over it and create a simplified drawing of it. This is what drew me to this form of art, its simplicity.
Step 2 - Place Drawing on Tracing Paper
If you haven’t already, trace your drawing on a sheet of tracing paper with a pencil. Even if I create my own image I still trace it on tracing paper. Place your traced picture inside of the sheet protector. If the tracing paper is too large fold the excess down over the top and tape it down. It helps keep the image in place. You may also have to fold other sides in order to fit your tracing paper inside of the sheet protector.
There are also Gallery Glass aids called Leading Blanks that allow you to place your image on them as well in order to apply your outline and fill in your color. However you get a limited supply and they cost more. The sheet protectors are a cheaper way of doing the same thing. I have not used the leading blanks so I really don't know if there are other benefits to them.
Step 3 - Applying Outline
With the liquid leading trace the lines of the design. To get the liquid leading started take a pair of scissors and cut the tip maybe 1/8 of an inch. You may have to use the tip of one of the blades on the scissors and poke it further into the hole if you have problems squeezing leading out. You want it big enough to allow the leading to come out with ease. When first starting slowly squeeze until liquid leading begins to peek out. Place the liquid leading to the sheet protector to avoid the leading from curling up on the tip of the bottle. Elongate the line of leading before following the outline of your drawing. This allows the leading to stay in a straighter line once you begin tracing with it. If you stay too close to the page when pulling away to make a line, you risk breaking the line of leading.
Until you get the hang of it do small sections at a time. In time you will be able to make longer and neater lines. Once you complete a section of outlining dot down the tip of the leading bottle to the paper protector and pull up until the line disconnects. If you find a line you’ve made to be a little crooked, before it begins to set, take a toothpick and nudge the leading to where you need it to be. Don’t use the tip of the toothpick to do this. Just kind of side swipe it.
Step 4 - Drying Time
Wait. It will take the liquid leading about 8-10 hours to dry. In the meantime figure out the colors you want to use for your picture!
Step 5 - Adding Color
Once leading has dried you’re ready for filling the color! Take tip of color bottle and place up against leading line. Trace along leading line making somewhat of an outline within an outline and then fill in color moving from left to right. After filling in color, with a toothpick or nutpick rake left to right over color. This evens out the level of color as well as helps eliminate bubbles. Rake over color section by section as you go long. Keep in mind that if you are working with an outlined object that has multiple compartments, trying to fill in all sections at once and then raking over color or popping bubbles will likely not turn out well. Sections may already start drying making it hard for you to do so and cause you to pull up a whole section that you worked so hard on.
At times you may not want one color and want to blend a bit. Placing colors in the same space and dragging one color into the other can give a blended or highlighted appearance if mixed with white or a lighter color.
Note: In video you may see the outline of the flower's leading move. This is because I have constantly picked it up and reused it to test with it. If I apply pressure to it, it will still stick to a window.
Step 6 - Drying Time
Wait. Depending on size of your painting it can take from 10 -24 hours for colors to completely dry. After about 8 you might be able to look at it to see if things are dry.
Step 7 - Remove Painting
Peel away what you have painted from sheet protector when dried and stick to window or mirrored surface. Awesome, right?!
Painting on Glass, Plexi-Glass or Mirrors
This can also be used directly on glass to make hanging artwork pieces. For vertical use on windows, it’s as simple as painting on a flat surface. You may have to hold tip of color bottle at a slight angle but it still works the same. Just be aware of how thin you apply your paint. Gravity can play a role in the paint sliding downward making it color heavy near the bottom of each painted section you paint. But with careful application you should be fine. Just practice before you start your masterpiece.
Swirl Background Technique - Faux Stained Glass Painting
Dotting Technique - Faux Stained Glass Painting
Pebble Technique - Faux Stained Glass Painting
If you find that your painting is surrounded by nothing but plain space there are plenty of techniques that can be used for various looks for backgrounds. Most of them can be made up from your own creativity. Backgrounds can be created using any color but the main colors used to create a “hard to see through” appearance are Crystal Clear (my fave), Hologram Shimmer (has bits of glitter) and Clear Frost. Here are a few videos to give you a few examples:
Difference in Pebbling
For more of a frosted look you can also work with Gallery Glass Etching Paint. It provides an icy look. It can be applied with the painting or dabbing of a brush. You can also use it with a toothpick to create different background patterns as well. But be aware when using the etching paint. It is more permanent than the regular glass paint. Applying it directly to a window can be hard to get off if you decide to change it later.
Want to create straight lines with leading and lack the steady hand you need? There are ready-made leadings for creating perfect leading lines for windows. It comes in a roll or a package of straight pre-cut lines. By simply cutting what you need and adhering it to your surface you will have the straight line you desire.
Wish you could match the color scheme of your painting a little bit more? There are also liquid leadings of gold and silver to outline your creation with.
Smaller Leading Widths Sizes
Though it’s probably best to have a large drawing in mind when wanting to do a project sometimes a smaller image such as a bird or butterfly may require thinner leading lines for detail. One method of making smaller leading lines is by using tape. Applying tape such as artist's tape to the tip of your faux leading allows you to adjust it to the size of your liking. Another method could be by using icing piping tips that are used on tubes of icing for cakes can be used to accommodate this. Simply taping the icing tips onto the tip of the leading bottle can make thinner lines. Both options can require a little time to apply to the tip of the bottle but are both worth the results.
After each use make sure you clear out what has been left behind inside of the icing piping tips. This can usually be handled by running hot water inside of the tip and scraping out excess with a toothpick. Let it thoroughly dry out before each use. A simpler method could also be by letting the leading stay within the tips overnight and once the leading inside has completely dried just take your toothpick and scrape down the sides of the tip. The hardened leading can easily be pulled out. Tip sizes to consider are the 2 and 1.
*There are actual tips called Micro Tips for the liquid leading bottles but for some reason it has been discontinued.
Ridding of Bubbles
If you notice bubbles while painting on your sheet protector surface tap underneath section with the end of a nutpick or spoon handle and watch ‘em pop. But if painting directly on glass tapping underneath does not work. You will then have to take a straight pin, end of the nutpick or toothpick and pop bubbles individually. The main issues are big bubbles showing up on either surface. Pop as many of the tiny ones as you possibly can but the big ones are definitely the ones that can mess up your painting. With practice you will get used to popping bubbles.
It’s not a difficult form of painting especially with its removable and reusable qualities. In fact, I find it downright easy and fun. This form of painting will offer beauty by decorating your home on such items as windows, vases or mirrors. Faux stained painting can also add privacy to windows by preventing outside lookers from seeing in. With some more practice for both you and me we’ll be professionally faux stained painting in no time.
This hub was inspired by Mary615 and her awesome introductory hub on the subject of Faux Stained Glass Painting. Had it not been for her hub I wouldn’t have found this creative outlet. Check out her wonderful art on How To Faux Stained Glass Windows and Doors To Look Like The Real Thing! Thanks Mary, I've started now I can't stop!