What can compare with the beauty of stained glass windows? Fanciful paintings made of colored glass, through which sunlight flows and illuminates everything around with unusual colors, delight and fascinate. Since ancient times, stained glass windows have adorned temples, but even today they are very popular.
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to create a real masterpiece (namely, every stained glass window can be considered a masterpiece) at home. But this problem has an excellent modern solution - stained glass paints. They are easy to use, so even children can draw with them. What can I say, any person who has never dreamed of becoming an artist can create an amazing picture with their help.
If you went to buy stained glass paints, pay attention to the label of the jar. It should be marked "fired" or "unfired".
Working with the first type is fraught with some inconvenience. A product covered with such paint must be burned in the oven. The instructions indicate the required temperature and duration of firing. Just keep in mind that some materials are very sensitive to high temperatures, so their heat treatment is unacceptable.Stained glass paints, fixed on the product in this way, are resistant to water. Therefore, they are recommended to paint dishes, vases and more.
As for unfired stained glass paints, their feature is rich, bright colors. They just need to dry, but don't get them wet.
Packaging also matters. It can be a bottle with a dispenser or a jar. Paints for stained-glass windows in vials are applied using a dispenser. They are simply squeezed out of the bottle. Children's stained glass paints, for example, are produced in this form. It is very convenient to work with them. Open the bottle, turn over and
apply (of course, within the designated contour) paint on the surface. If desired, you can mix two colors to create shades.
Stained glass paint from a can is applied with a brush. Paints can be mixed with each other to get the desired shade.
Separately, I would like to highlight acrylic stained glass paints. They have a lot of advantages:
- easy to use;
- odorless (this is a big plus for children's creativity);
- easy to wash off with water;
- diluted with the same water, no solvent needed.
When purchasing stained glass paints, do not forget to buy other necessary materials for the future masterpiece.
The borders of the picture are created with their help. They imitate the veins between the glass pieces of a real stained glass window. In addition, small details can be drawn with a contour. As it is sometimes used paints in bottles withdispenser.
Useful if you have chosen paints in jars. Today on sale there are brushes made of artificial and natural materials. The seller will tell you which ones are suitable for a particular type of paint.
Again, optional stuff. Not needed for fired paints. If the finished product will not come into contact with water, it can also not be varnished.
4. Optional accessories.
Jar or glass of water, napkin, mixing palette, stencils and other materials to make work easier and more efficient.
Well, that's probably all that can be said about preparing to work with stained glass paints. Happy shopping! Enjoy creativity and please yourself and your loved ones!