Glass Painting Tutorial

Hello Buddies πŸ™‚

I am back again πŸ™‚ Β As the title suggests today’s post is a tutorial to make your own glass painting. Are you a person who likes paintings but haven’t tried one or don’t know how to do them ? Then today’s post is for YOU. Yes anyone can make a glass painting. Glass painting is one of the simplest painting method. No need of great painting or drawing skills, a little practice and patience is all you need (Of course you will need supplies ;))Glass painting

You can own a gorgeous glass painting without breaking your wallet and that too a painting made by you isn’t it special ? In this post I will give you a simple step by step tutorial to make glass paintings. Me and my cousin Bro did this painting together it was a nice experience πŸ™‚ This was one of my favourite paintings. Ok Lets move on to the tutorial.

Supplies you will need:

  • Glass for painting ( any size of your choice)
  • A design to be copied
  • Glass paint (Water based)
  • Glass Out-liner.

My Method :

  1. Get a glass of desired size from any glass shop.
  2. Choose a design You can either get a glass painting design book or download designs from internet.You will get loads of designs in the internet.
  3. Re size your design as per your need ( according to the size of your glass )
  4. Clean the glass surface before starting to paint.
  5. Place the glass on top of the design printout so that you can trace the design on the glass.
  6. Now secure the design printout and glass in place on a flat surface using painters tape or cellophane tape.taped picture
  7. Make sure this arrangement doesn’t move or shake until you finish your painting.
  8. Now trace the outlines of the design on the glass using glass outliner.Β Its like putting mehandi.
  9. Start from the top and proceed to the bottom of the design so that you won’t smudge the lines.Complete the design.
  10. Try to make continuous lines then it will look neat.liner
  11. Don’t worry if you make any mistakes you can wipe it with a cloth, For smaller curves where you can’t use cloth you can wipe with ear buds
  12. Once you complete the design outlining. Allow it to dry for 10 to 15 mins.Complete outline
  13. After the outline is dry you can start filling colours inside the shapes.
  14. You can even mix up the colours or give single colours alone.
  15. When you are mixing colours mix it as soon as you pour it out before it dries.
  16. Avoid double coats. Once the paint is dry It will not mix with other colours.
  17. While pouring the colours avoid bubbles. If suppose you got bubbles break them with a needle or pin.colouring
  18. Use small paint brush to paint smaller areas of the of the design.
  19. Once the design is completed allow it to dry for 30 to 40 mins.Completed Painting
  20. Now reverse the glass and frame it.
  21. You can place crushed silver foil behind the painting as background while framing it.
  22. Frame it ! Hang it ! πŸ™‚ Thats it Gorgeous glass painting ready. Β Frame

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86 thoughts on “Glass Painting Tutorial

  1. sarahlashbrook

    What a cool idea! And I love the silver foil you added as a background – I wouldn’t have thought to add foil behind the piece, but it totally works. I am definitely pinning this!

  2. Vijaya

    This is a simple and beautifully presented tutorials…..I have done few paintings but never knew that I need to reverse the glass and frame….Thanks so much!!! Best Wishes…. πŸ™‚

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  5. Glaze

    Really wonderful designs of glass painting. I visited your blog while I was looking for some information about my blog post about glass painting. I found your blog is really informative and like tutorial. I want to add these images to the above blog with backlink to you. If ok please respond to the above post. I will be also love you to contribute to


  6. Manidipa

    very pretty work and intelligent too in using the silver foil πŸ™‚
    Can you suggest some color brands, also is there a way to make these paintings water proof?

    1. madebylakshmi Post author

      Thanks Manidipa πŸ™‚

      I have used hobby ideas colour. And why do you want to make the painting water proof ?.If you reverse it and frame it no need to worry about water spilling on the painting you can clean the glass. But avoid direct sunlight on the painting to have longer life.

      1. Manidipa

        I wanted to paint on some glass containers and that is why the water proofing question πŸ™‚ any suggestions on that? or are there other colors available for that?

      2. madebylakshmi Post author

        Yes Then you can go for solvent based glass paint colours but it will take longer time to dry more than two hrs. The ones I have used are water based. There is also Glass paint varnish available in stores

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  9. Usha Ananth

    Hello Lakshmi, I have tried doing many glass paintings but every time I face problem in drawing a continuous line with liner as the liner suddenly stops flowing out of the tube.kindly give some tips on it.

    1. madebylakshmi Post author

      Hi Usha,
      Before starting squeeze a little outliner into a tissue to check for blockages or air bubbles in the nozzle. As you work, keep wiping the tip. If you have difficulty with glass liner try 3D fabric liner they flow easily. But the drawback is they will create thicker lines

      1. usha

        Hi Lakshmi,
        Thanks for your guidance.
        wanted few tips for color mixing,i tried mixing up colors and it endedup standing separate and did not mix at all. what’s the solution?? kindly advice.

      2. madebylakshmi Post author

        Hi usha,

        You have to pour both the colours simultaneously and mix it up with the bottle tip. If you are not comfortable then pour equal amount of both the colours on a plate or even a OHP sheet then mix them with a small brush and apply it qucikly.I used this method for the orange colour i mixed yellow and red. You can even try applying one layer after it dries apply the next coulor on it. This will also work out since the colours are look through I tried this technique for violet colour at the body of the peacock. But mixing the colours together directly gives the best effect as I have done on the feathers.

  10. Lakshmi radhakrishnan

    ..Thanks lakshmi..i hav done few paintings but i didnt imagine mixing up of colours..this was realy informative..

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  12. Malathi

    Fantastic work … Kuddos to you πŸ™‚

    Do you have the design template?

    If so can you upload it?

    I am not really good at drawing, so if it is A4 I can take a print out and trace?

    In case if I want to do a bigger size do you have any simple idea how I can get a design trace?

  13. Reshma

    i have done many glass paintings but I have no idea how to frame it…Could you please tell me how to frame the glass? It has to be given to shops or can or can I do it at home?
    Also OHP sheets are easily available now. If i paint in OHP sheets will I be able to frame it?

  14. harmeetkaur2711

    Hey Lakshmi, This Tutorial is really very good. And specially the peacock is very beautiful. Keep Posting

  15. radha

    i took a quilling class . she was also into glass painting. travelling to learn crafts was tiring with the scorching heat. so i googled glass painting hoping to find a DIY from an indian ( cos the products are easy to secure ). Good i found yours. now, i need to rush to buy the colors and glass. thank you so much lakshmi. keep posting. and good luck !

  16. radha

    btw can u do a post on diy terracota jewellery. ?? i want to know about choosing clay,conditioning it and baking it at home. please do a post πŸ™‚

  17. Srividhya Iyer

    Nice blog..very informative..liked the silver foil usage. Would like to know how to get glossy or shining effect on the painting..what should we use? Also incase I want to paint the background in black r other color which paint should I use? Can I use acrylic paints too on glass or should I use only the hobby ideas glass paints? Thanks a lot.

  18. siya yadav

    Woww.. It really helps me a lot.
    Would you please help me how to make a clay painting.. Wht materials will b need nd in wht proportion should i mix d material. I vl b thnkful to u.

  19. Jeya


    could u plz tel which side of the glass is to be painted

    either the drawn side or reverse side of the glass design


  20. Subhashini

    Hi Lakshmi,
    I would like to know which colour paint to use to get the exact peacock colour. I tried water based sea blue and solvent based horizon blue… but didnt get the desired colour.. Please recommend the colour name.

    1. madebylakshmi Post author

      Hi Subhashini,
      For the neck part of the peacock you have to mix sea blue and pink/majenta of water based colours.
      On the feather I have used sea blue and green colour

    1. madebylakshmi Post author

      To prevent the painting from getting damaged. Over a period of time it will collect dust and there are good chances for the paint to peel off.
      When you reverse and frame only plain glass is outside and painting is safe. Thats the reason

  21. mudassir ahmed

    wonder full work you done sis, its unimagen thought that u have , i really like it. is it possible for beginner ? how

  22. sumi

    Hai Lakshmi,
    Your glass painting is too beautifull and simple.I like it very much.Iam also doing the glass painting Now.Your tutorial realy helpfull to me.Thanks alot dear…..

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  24. Parvin

    Hi, is there a way whereby I can frame the picture without having to turn, because sometimes the effect is so good on the side that I paint, and when it is turned, I feel the effect is lost.

    1. madebylakshmi Post author

      Hi Pravin,
      If you don’t turn the glass there are good chances of it getting spoiled or damaged due to the dust.
      There is one more choice you can place one more glass on top of the painting and frame it without reversing it so the effect is also saved and painting is also protected

  25. Parvin

    Hello again and thanks for a quick reply, yes I think I will try and do the second option of putting a glass on top. Thanks once again.

  26. priya

    Hi Lakshmi. .
    I had made 3-4 glass paintings but every time I faced the problem of shading in figures like faces.. so plz suggest how to give a perfect shading?

      1. priya

        Hi Lakshmi. …
        Thank u mam for ur advice but if I want to give shading in some other pic, how to do that ? I’m also facing 1 other problem… wen I take my painting for framing , it’s colour gets whitish in color. Framer says that it catches moisture from air. I had carried painting after wrapping in newspaper; without newspaper Both ways and problem exist in both cases. Plz suggest some solution.

      2. madebylakshmi Post author

        Hi Priya πŸ™‚
        I have never faced this whitish problem. Try drying it as and when you paint use hair drier to dry it quickly.
        May be this would help from moisture problem. But don’t dry it in sunlight It will peel off

  27. soumya

    hi lakshmi ur painting is very nice.I am planning to do radha krishna glass painting.I want to know can I stick kundan and crystals for jewellery for realistic effect.or is there any method to get the 3d effect.?can i see the 3d effect when i reverse the glass?

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  29. Abhishekajayan

    I want buy glass painting sketches.i you have any sketches please inform me to my email,i will buy it.


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