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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Stained Glass Window Film

Recolored glass is a method that has been rehearsed from around 1100 AD, right up ’til the present time. Its capacity to catch particular parts from the white light range, because of the nearness of metallic salts and oxides, permits us to see the many hues. Places of worship and church buildings utilize religious recolored glass windows to portray anecdotes from the Bible, and furthermore the lives of holy people. Here you will perceive how you can set up recolored glass-like mosaic impersonations in your home, giving it that demeanor of style yet keeping it friendly.

Recolored Glass Window Placement

Using stained glass window film is a nice way to turn a simple looking room into something a little more stylish. In my home, we have one on our balcony door, framed by wood, which changes the look of the room completely. It is comparatively cheaper than real stained glass. Let’s take a look at where these can go up in your home…

Patio Windows
These window fittings are a great place to put in stained glass films. They open out into the backyard, giving it a very picturesque look. These are nice for homes with a garden view out front, or even a nice lawn.

Balcony Doors
These bring in a lot of sunlight, because of its wide spacing. You can have decorative stained glass window film throwing specks of color into the room, when sunlight passes through the glass. The doors you have can either be the sliding kind, with minimal stained glass film patterns from top to bottom, or a wooden framed one with the top half incorporating a stained glass effect.

Bedroom Windows
This is great way to shower light into a bedroom when the early rays of sunlight fall through. You can experiment with colors, and match it with the room’s color theme to make it come off as more cozy and in tune with the room, than out of place.

Drawing Room/Hall Windows
It gives the room a nice feel to it, when different colors are bouncing off the walls. It can be a nice sight when you’re relaxing after a hard day of work or when you have guests over during the week.

Where Can I Buy It?

There are companies that help you out with buying imitation stained glass for your homes. They offer a wide collection of patterns, designs and ideas that you can choose from.

This company provides adhesive-free samples that leave no room for any messiness. It is static cling film in nature and can be used on any smooth, non porous surface with UV ray protection as well. It has a lot of other features like being reusable and comes with a three year warranty. Pick out from many kinds of designs to suit your taste and your home.

This company features prints of all kinds, including faux stained glass film. You can search for your desired kind of window film, including the dimensions of your print to custom fit your window/door.

They also cater to static cling type stained glass film prints. You can use these for mirrors, glass cabinet doors, vehicle windows, shower doors and more. It is available in all kinds of sizes, for you to pick and choose from, including different textures like plastic, vinyl, etched glass, and so on.

Using the window film is a great way to add color and creativity to a room. You can experiment with any room in the house, to further enhance a certain theme or setting that a room holds. It goes with any time of season, be it rainy, snowy or a hot summer’s day; its versatile nature makes it ideal for decorative purposes.

About Glass Painting Designs

Have you ever strolled into a congregation and been enchanted by the recolored glass windows? These dowagers with light gushing are greatly fruitful in making a rainbow like impact. The masterful joys innervate your brain and soul and make you welcome the magnificence that the impact of the recolored glass makes. Glass painting is a method of workmanship that can be followed back numerous hundreds of years. Do you know how these artworks are made? To make a glass painting, the craftsman paints within surface of glass with hard tar and oil. This procedure of glass painting is otherwise called invert glass painting. Nobody can ever deny the way this makes recolored glass that is lovely in its clarity and the palette of hues utilized is just upgraded in appearance.

The beginning of glass painting originated in Europe and by the 15th century it was considered to be a classical art form. The beauty of glass painting lies in the fact that it allows the painter to play with form and dimension. If you take a look at different Indian designs used in glass paintings, then this expressiveness can be observed with great clarity. There are different types of paints used for glass painting which include vinegar trace paints, matte paints, silver stains, and oil paints. An artist who indulges in painting on glass will generally use an etching of some sort in order to create glass paintings of flowers, landscapes, and other features. Ahead in this article, we tell you the basic steps involved in creating a glass painting and give you some easy designs.
Tips for Creating Glass Paintings
Glass painting is a beautiful art and it is actually not very difficult to try. Of course, it may take some time of concentrated practice for you to be able to create masterpieces that are fit to be hung up in churches, there are always easy designs you can use. Before you start painting glass, keep this simple tips in mind.

◆ As a beginner it is always tempting to create your first piece of art on a beautiful glassware but avoid doing so. Try your hand out on small squares of glass before moving on to create more intricate designs on more expensive types of glass.

◆ First you will need to decide on the kind of glass painting you want to create. This will help you decide the kind of paints you should work with. If you do not want to work with paints, you can buy glass paint pens that are available at many stores.

◆ If you are working with acrylic paints, then glass painting tips dictate that you choose the brushes you are going to use next. The logic for this remains the same as the logic you would apply to normal painting. Use wide brushes for broad, wide strokes and fine brushes for detailing. Use sponge for textured surfaces.

◆ You should have ideally chosen the design you want to work with by now. While choosing glass painting design ideas as a beginner, choose simple designs like floral designs or geometrical designs. Do not jump straight into designs that are detailed and intricate in nature. Draw the design on paper so that you can stick it to the reverse of the glass and then etch out the design.

◆ Before starting the glass painting process, ensure that the piece of glass you are using is squeaky clean. Clean it with white vinegar as it will ensure that there are no streaks or residue. It will also help remove any kind of fingerprint or dirt that can spoil the design.
◆ Once you have learned how to make stained glass and created the glass painting design you wanted to, then learn to handle the same with care. Once it has dried, apply a coat of a sealant. If you want to clean it use only mild soapy water and a damp cloth.

These are some of the simple tips that you should definitely keep in mind while painting on glass. Given below are some easy designs for glass painting that you can use.
Designs for Glass Painting
Now that you are aware of the glass painting technique that you need to use in order to make glass paintings, let us take a look at the different ideas that you can use for painting glass. All the ideas given here are easy to recreate and the perfect stepping stone for a beginner to start glass painting.
Squares and Stripes
The easiest of all designs to emulate are geometric shapes like rectangles, squares, stripes, etc. Take a piece of glass and clean it thoroughly. Now take different pieces of masking tape and cut it into tiny rectangular or square pieces. Now tape them to the reverse of your glass. Now use your glass paints to paint the area taped with masking tape in different colors. Once the paint is dry, remove the pieces of tape and reverse the glass. You will have a beautiful piece of stained glass.
Swirls and Circles
To paint directly on glass is to create a random design of dots all over the piece of glass. This can create a hypnotic design. If you are confident with your skills with the brush, then you can choose to use swirls and circles also as a design for the glass that you are painting. If you want stencils, you can use masking tape to create circles, stick them on the reverse of the glass and then paint of them so you can create a design that looks more professionally done.

Abstract Art
Another popular design idea with beginners to glass painting is to create abstract art on the piece of glass that they are using. Create single lines with glass paint markers. If you are fond of graffiti, then choose to embellish the glass with words or phrases that mean something to use. You can also use different geometrical shapes like triangles, octagons, pentagons to create an interesting design on the piece of glass. While using geometrical designs, try to play around with the placement so that you create interesting patterns from staid elements.
Using Templates
Once you have familiarized yourself with basic elements of glass painting, you can try using different templates for the same. Templates need to be just kept on the underside of the glass piece and then etched onto the glass. You can use one of the glass painting design templates available in the market to create different glass paintings. Alternatively you can cut out designs from different books and magazines or make freehand paintings.

Using different designs and ideas to create stained glass artifacts can be a great project for the weekend. Just decide on the designs you like, get your supplies together, and you should be good to go.

Correctly Use Acrylic Paint on Glass

Painting is an incredible approach to unwind, and furthermore to add some shading and shine to your environment. Painting on glass makes it considerably more in this way, since it is generally an extremely smooth canvas surface and adequately reflects light off the hues. Acrylic paints are one of the best choices to paint glass objects, particularly wine/martini glasses, adornments, plates, glass sheets, and so forth.

It is constantly great to know the prerequisites and the procedures expected to transform clear glass into an aesthetic artful culmination. Most acrylic paints and different supplies are effortlessly accessible in all expressions and art stores. In this way, how about we take in some imperative tips to use glass as a canvas for your creative ability to run wild in the best ways that could be available.

Choosing the Acrylic Paint

To get the best results, you should make sure that the paint that you use has the following qualities.

  • Check for the color range and transparency of the paints. Usually, you get darker and opaque colors when opting for acrylic paints. Also, check if the paint gives a glossy or frosty finish, depending on your requirement.
  • Purchase paints after checking their true colors, as color charts can be very misleading.
  • Find out if you are getting extra accessories such as stencils along with the paints, as this will make your job much easier. Also, the application of these colors by using a paintbrush should not be difficult.
  • According to your preference, purchase either permanent or washable acrylic paint.
    Acrylic enamel paint works best on glass and other smooth surfaces.
  • Unless you are looking to experiment and play around with these interesting colors, stay away from cheaper paint varieties. The high-grade paints apply very easily, look more bright and vibrant, and last for longer, giving the object a professional finish.
  • Choosing the appropriate paintbrush is also important. While synthetic brushes give nice, visible brush strokes, natural-hair versions provide a smooth finish.

Painting Procedure

  • Thoroughly clean the glass and see to it that there is no dust or oil on the surface. Using rubbing alcohol and a paper towel is a good option. It is best to wear latex gloves while working on this project, to prevent body oils from your hands depositing onto the glass.
  • Read all instructions mentioned on the paint products so that you will learn if you need any undercoat or overcoat during this process. Not following these directions can lead to the creation of a flawed result.
  • Either using stencils or by freehand, create your desired outline on the glass. You can use a permanent marker for this purpose.
  • Use a pipette or syringe to slowly put drops of paint on the glass within the outline. Use a pin or toothpick to remove any air bubbles you may find.
  • Now, use your brush to carefully fill the outlines with the desired colors. If you are painting a large surface in one color, you can use a sponge to spread the paint in a uniform manner. You might need to add water if you find the paint too thick.
  • Use rubbing alcohol to get rid of any mistakes.
  • While using acrylic paint on wineglasses, make sure that you don’t paint near the rim, as some paint varieties are toxic. Using a masking tape to cover this area, will protect it effectively.

Depending on the variety of paint, your glass item may now require baking. This will help make the acrylic paint stick permanently on the glass. Let us see how this is done.

Baking and Sealing Acrylic Paint on Glass

If you are having trouble with the paint sticking to the glass, it is a good idea to apply an all-purpose sealer on the area that you wish to paint, before you make the initial outlines. Leave a 24-hour gap before the painting process, to allow the sealant to dry.

Make sure that the paint on your glass items has dried for at lead 24 hours before you look to bake them. Usually, the baking instructions will differ according to the paint varieties. So, check for the baking instructions on the paint bottles or tubes before starting the process.

Ideally, the glass item will have to baked for half an hour in a 300 degree Fahrenheit oven. However, rather than preheating the oven before the baking process, put in the glass item when the oven is still cold, and let it gradually heat up with the oven elements. Be sure that you don’t handle the glass till it has completely cooled down.

How to Remove Acrylic Paint on Glass

While painted/stained glass is amazingly beautiful, an unwanted splatter or smear can turn it from a masterpiece into a disaster. Let us look at some effective methods to clean acrylic paint from glass.

Method 1:

  • Use a wet cloth or spray bottle to soak the glass in some warm water. Alternatively, if the glass item is small, put it into a water-filled vessel, and leave it to soak.
  • After a while, the paint should become soft and rubbery. Now, you can start peeling the paint off the glass surface. If you are using a knife or razor to do this, pay extra care to avoid scratching the glass, and always scrape sideways instead of downwards.
  • If you are finding it difficult to get the paint off the glass, soak it in water for a longer period of time.
  • This process should take off most of the paint; however, you might still have a thin film remaining on the glass surface. It is best to use a regular glass cleaning solution, and wipe it with newspapers to get a shiny clean finish.

Method 2:

  • Dip the cloth/sponge in some chemical solvent such as rubbing alcohol, acetone nail polish remover, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Very carefully and gently rub the paint off with the solvent-soaked cloth.
  • Once all the paint is gone, finish with a wash of soap water.

Method 3:

  • Prepare a solution of water and vinegar in equal amounts, and heat it till it’s almost boiling.
  • Dip a clean rag in the hot solution and rub the paint stains you wish to remove, slowly at first, and harder after the paint starts to peel off.
  • Here are some cleaning tips that will help you get better results while removing paint form glass.
  • Stubborn stains might require you to soak the glass in a warm water, soap solution.
  • Scrape the glass in a less-noticeable place to see if the surface is reacting badly to your efforts.
  • If you hear a scraping or grating sound while removing the paint, stop immediately. It is highly possible that the blade is scratching the glass.
  • Do not use this scraping process to clean mirrored or tinted glass, as they are highly susceptible to damage.
  • Never scrape the glass surface back and forth. Instead, the scraping should be done in one direction only. Lift the blade from the surface after each stroke.
  • If you are cleaning paint on outdoor surfaces, such as windows, an ammonia solution can work just as well.

Other Tips

  • Use a white base coat inside the outlines before going for your intended shade. This will help bring out the vibrancy of the paint and save you from applying many extra coats. It also helps the acrylic paint to set on glass much better.
  • Normally, three coats of paint are needed before you get a satisfactory result. Make sure that each coat dries for at least one hour before you apply the next one.
  • If you have baked the glass item, wait at least 72 hours before you wash it and get it ready for use. However, if you do not wish to bake the glass item, leave it to dry in the air for 20-30 days before washing.
  • Food or drink items should not come in contact with the paint, due to the risk of poisoning.
  • Never, microwave a painted glass item, it will damage the colors.
  • Acrylic paints need to be kept away from children and sources of combustion.
  • Sandblasting a glass surface may also work in creating a surface that adheres to the paint easily.
  • Create a color chart of your own by painting a sheet with the various shades you have got. This will help you in choosing you future purchases.

The above instructions and tips will help you create some very fine pieces of art, that will beautify your surroundings for a long time to come.

Use Oil Paints

Oil painting was polished much, much before the eighteenth century, when Pablo Picasso’s cubism gave another frame to workmanship. Works of Vincent Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci have stayed unparalleled till today. Their depictions are articulations of their creative personality. Along these lines, painting is a type of workmanship that is totally needy upon what you think, what you envision, and how apropos you can bring it out on canvas. Among an extensive variety of painting mediums, oil painting has its own particular appeal.

The best favorable position of utilizing oil paints is, the work of art can be amended and changes can undoubtedly be made on the canvas. In spite of the fact that work of art comes suddenly to the craftsman, there are sure painting tips and traps, that can make the picture in fact revise. Furthermore, on the off chance that you are an apprentice, these tips might bail you out.

  • Arrange all the tools in order. Keep the brushes, colors, palette, oils, pigments, water, and cloth at hand. Organize the colors on your palette before you start.
  • The colors are merged and blended with the help of oil. To get perfect results, the technique applied is ‘fat over lean’. The initial coats absorb more oil, therefore the proportion of oil is increased with subsequent quotes.
  • If you have used darker colors, make sure you wash the brush in turpentine oil. You should use separate brushes for different colors. Dip the brushes in oil to avoid hardening of the tips.
    If you want to dry your painting fast, mix the colors with pigments containing lead, cobalt, or magnesium.
  • Oil paintings should never be dried in the dark. Once you are done painting, keep it under indirect sunlight or inside a brightly-lit room.
  • You can use linseed oil for under-painting with dark colors. Avoid using linseed oil if you are shading with white or any of the light colors. It can also be replaced with poppy oil or turpentine oil.

Oil painting is an art that has the ability to instill life in the images. The more you practice and experiment, the easier it becomes. Eventually, there would be no doubts in your mind about how to use oil paints on paper canvas. Follow the guidelines mentioned below and watch yourself transform into a perfectionist in no time.

Selection of Colors and Tools
Since you are a beginner, spending a lump sum on expensive paints is not a great idea. There are many good quality, low cost paints available in stores, especially meant for new hands. Oil painting involves the application of many coats of paints. Therefore, you can apply the base color with acrylic paints for quick drying. There are two types of brush, hard and soft. Soft brushes are used for finer touches, especially for smooth finishing, while hard ones are meant for long, dry, and crude strokes.

Application of Colors
Sketch the image on the canvas with soft pencils. Figurative paintings need to be sketched out if you are yet to get a hang of it, while landscapes can be directly painted with colors. First decide what would you like to paint. Form an image and a rough idea of a painting in your mind. Studying and scrutinizing works of famous painters shall help you understand the art in a better way. Once clear with the basics, mastering the art won’t take a lot of time.

Now is the time to materialize your creative instincts. Apply the base colors with a broad headed brush. The best thing to start with is landscapes, preferably one which has all the components of nature. The most randomly used oil color is white. Appropriate shading with white brings out the effects clearly. Try mixing pigments once you are thorough with the basics. Blend the colors by mixing them with oil. Initially, you are bound to make a lot of errors, therefore, practice with dedication to bring out the best in you.

Your painting should be your sole work of art and a representation of your thoughts and emotions. Oil painting is one of the best form of art that can make objects look alive. To define painting, Picasso’s quote is worth mentioning, “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.”