Glass Painting Stippling and Sponging techniques.
Glass Painting with Barry Freestone from Rainbow Glass. Two different methods of applying glass paints: sponging and stippling.
The Water-based Glass Paints used in the video were made by Rainbow Glass (Alan and Barrys Crafts). Unfortunate that company no longer exists. but any think water-based glass paint should do. These are normally the ones made for using on windows and doing pipe and peel work. The runnier paints will work as well but the effect wont be as good.
Glass Painting Stippling and Sponging techniques are great for both adults and children. Using water-based paints makes it totally safe with no smells or toxic chemicals. Whilst it is easy to do the colour choice and tools used can have a dramatic effect on the finished piece. You should take care when choosing each. If all else fails experimentation is the answer. Have a spare bit of acetate or clear plastic you can practice on and see what effect different colours and tools are going to give you. When you are happy with your practice piece you can use the same combination on your proper work.
Masking Areas Off.
Masking areas off as they do in the video can give a really nice look. I do however have a slightly different opinion from the video on one aspect of this. In the video it suggests waiting until the paint has dried before you life off the masking tape. I actually find this can cause problems. It can cause the paint to tear and lift with the tape.
I prefer to find a “sweat spot”. A time when the paint has dried enough so it wont run but not enough to tear. It actually doesn’t take the paint long to reach this point. Stippled and Sponged paint doesn’t tend to be that thick. You should be able to remove the making tape quite quickly, especially on flat objects.
Anyway we hope you enjoy the Glass Painting Stippling and Sponging techniques