Glass Painting – Know its History

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glass-paintingGlass painting is an art that is not new. It dates back to 18th and 19th century when it was used as a way of providing privacy for rooms with glass windows and doors. Initially, it was known as glass staining. Slowly and steadily, glass painting emerged as an art form and then people started painting art pieces. Nowadays, people use it to decorate not just windows and doors but also bottles, glassware and for making paintings be hung on the wall too.

When used on doors and windows, specific glass colors are used to give it a translucent look. However, when it comes to creating designs on walls or decorative items then people can use any color of their choice. Many people opt for oil paints because of the rich look. Any other type of colors can also be used.

The tracing process for glass painting is simple. As the glass is transparent or translucent (if colored glass), it is not essential to trace a design on it. The design can be simply pasted with tapes on the opposite side and the painter can start painting on the other side. Post painting, the design pasted with tape can be removed from the other side.

Painting the doors and windows made of glass is still popular and it looks antique or gives an ‘old-time’ look to the whole room. Many museums use this glass painting technique on doors and windows. Bright colors can be used to give a lively look and feel to the room. It also works as a blinder to those who like to stare too much.

Glass colors used on glass sheets or bottles can look very bright if foil paper is used in the background. It can be a plain sheet of foil or even one that is crushed to give a new look.