Window Glass Paintings
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You might have seen beautiful paintings on glass windows. These paintings look amazing, and add to the beauty of the window of the churches, houses, offices, etc. This beautiful art form is known as Window Glass Paintings. Initially when this art evolved, different pieces of colored glass were used to make beautiful designs on windows. Since then, it has been very popular, and is seen in many churches, ballrooms, banquet halls, and even in many houses. Purchasing these windows could be a little pricey, but you can make it yourself by resorting to painted glass art, and make your glass window look like a window glass painting.
How to make window glass paintings?
Before starting with the painting, make sure that you have everything that is needed for this painting, in place. Some basic requirements are as follows:
- Painter's tape
- Glass Paint
Procedure for making a window glass painting?
- Choose the right glass. Window glasses are usually thick. If the glass is already fixed in the window, you will have to work on it, or else you can choose the glass you need.
- Choose a design for the glass. Beginners should opt for simple designs, that gives more space for coloring, and less scope to find complicated patterns. Thus, choose a design for the window. Get it printed.
- Before you start working on this design, take some time, and decide on the colors and shades to be used. Once you have the idea clear in your mind, you can work on it without any distortions. This will also give you an idea of how your painting would look, once completed. You can use sketch colors on the design to simulate the glass window design on paper, and decide on the color combination.
- Once the design and the idea is final, work on it. This will serve as a template for your design on the glass window.
- Stick the design on the glass using a painter's tape. The Painter's Tape does not leave any residue behind, and is thus easy to remove. Thus, using this tape will not spoil the glass base. Although, the design is pasted on the glass, it is better to mark an outline before you start painting it. This helps you make a neat painting. The outline demarcates the area of color, and thus makes coloring easy. You can use a temporary marker to mark this outline, or a very thin paint brush, if you are good at using it. Alternatively, you can use a liquid leading to mark the outline. Before using this leading, read the instructions given on it, to ensure proper use of the same. Let this leading dry completely, and then move on to the next step.
- Pour the colors in the color palette. Bring out the colors that are needed to paint a certain portion at a time. Putting all the colors in the palette all at once will lead to drying of the same, and thus wastage of the colors.
- For shading, apply a little larger quantity of paint on one side, and then with light brush strokes, spread the same to the other portions.
- Shading also can be done by blocking some portions of the glass. As per the design, fill in some portions of glass with very dark shades, such that there is no, or very little light reflection from the same. Contrasting to this is the portion, which is colored with light shades, and even some portions, which are left blank. This contrast gives a very good shading effect, and enhances the beauty of the painting
- Once completed, let the color dry completely. When it dries, highlight the outline using the appropriate color, and check the thickness of the line.
- Once dried completely, your window glass painting is ready
A few images given below will give you a better idea of the sketch and painting on the glass window.
- Simple Design:
The design given below is the most simplest form of glass painting. It is just an effort to make the boring dull glass window a little interesting and artistic. However, this does not mean that it is not beautiful. It indeed looks great, and gives a new look to the glass window.
- Sketch and design
The below two images give a clear idea of the sketch used in the design. The sketch serves as a template, and then it is colored accordingly.
- Blocking Technique:
As mentioned below, this image puts forth the 'blocking technique'. Some portions of the window are colored in dark shades to avoid light reflection while the others reflect the light completely, giving the glass a very elegant look.
Choose the right style for your window glass, and turn it into a master piece.