Types of Glass Paintings
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We have seen paintings on glass windows, crockery, glass painting wall hangings, etc. Every painting is different because of the base on which it is painted. The painting on crockery would need colors that don't go off easily when the crockery is washed. Similarly, a wall hanging would need proper framing, and this painting does not need to be washed regularly, thus the technique used in this painting will be different from the painting on wine glasses or any other crockery. Thus, there are many types of glass paintings. Before actually starting with the painting, one must know everything about glass paintings, including the types of glass paintings. When you know the different types, you can choose something that interests you the most.
There are different types of paintings depending upon the colors used in the painting. Different colors require different techniques of painting, and thus lead to different types of paintings. The Reverse glass paintings and Stained glass paintings are the most popular types of paintings. Let us discuss more about these paintings, and know more about the art.
- Fire Glass Paintings:
Certain glass paintings need to be treated in a kiln once completed. Such paintings are Low-fire glass paintings and High-fire glass paintings.
High fire glass paintings:
These paintings are put in an electric kiln, with a temperature of almost 1500 degree Fahrenheit.
Low fire glass paintings:
This makes use of normal kitchen oven and the temperature is set at 325 degree Fahrenheit.
After being maneuvered in the kiln, these paintings are finally completed, and the color used in these paintings remain intact.
- Reverse Glass Painting:
As the name suggests, this painting is made on glass sheet or Plexiglas. The same is viewed from the opposite side of the glass. Thus, it is known as a reverse painting. It might sound simple, but the technique is quite different from normal painting. This is because the painting angle and the viewing angle are different.
While making these paintings, one must remember that the design that you choose is a mirror image.
For example, if you wish to paint the image of Mother Mary, you have to remember that Baby Jesus is on her left hand in the picture. Since, you wish to make a reverse glass painting, you will need a mirror image of this picture, wherein the baby will be on the right hand. Once you complete the painting and turn it, it will appear like the exact image. Thus, the technique used in this painting is different.
- Stained Glass Painting:
Stained glass paintings are usually made on windows. The windows are painted with different designs in a way that the light does not reflect directly from the glass, and is blocked in some places, while reflects from some other portions. This transforms the appearance of the glass, and the room where such a glass window is installed. Buying such a glass would be a little expensive, but how about making the same. You can convert the boring glass window into a piece of art, by learning the art of stained glass painting.
- Traditional Glass Paintings:
The traditional glass painting makes use of heat techniques. The painting is made on the glass, and then is heated in a kiln so that the colors settle down permanently on the glass. The High Fire and Low Fire paintings have evolved from this technique.
- Painting Using Glass Enamels:
These are special paints made out of finely grounded glass particles. Available in opaque and transparent forms, there are many shades available, thus your color palette would have a great variety. This does not need any treatment in the kiln or oven. The base used for these paints should be perfect, to ensure that the paint bonds well on it.
- Air Dried Glass Paintings:
These paints as the name suggests are the most simple to use. The paintings made using these colors dry naturally, and do not need to be exposed to heat to ensure the bonding of the color to the glass. These are thus the most simplest paintings, and can be made by anyone. However, this does not mean that these paintings do not have beautiful designs. The designs in these paintings can be very simple, to very complicated, involving shading, crystal work, etc. Only the paint used in these paintings makes the work simple.
There is thus no limit to this art. A different technique, different design, different color can give rise to a different type of painting. Choosing one from the above-mentioned types of glass paintings would thus, be very difficult for art lovers. However, if you wish to learn the same, choose what interests you, and master the same.