The great thing about glass is that it’s so inexpensive. Pair glass with paint and you have the perfect marriage of one of kind home and a thrifty DIY.
I’m going to answer all of your glass painting questions about painting glass. I’ll also test out painting methods and curing options. I’m taking you along for the ride. Grab your own bottle, plate or jar and see what you can make. Or better yet, have some friends over and make it a party. This is the perfect craft to do with a glass of wine.
I experimented with painting these glass water bottles. They are fun to use as a vase, but I also like to use them with chilled water for guests. For me, this means they have to be washable. You can get more glass painting tips from Chas at Chas’ Crazy Creations.
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What Kind of Paint Will Stick To Glass?
The paint you use should SAY that it’s suitable for glass. I used Plaid Folk Art paint. Be sure to get the kind labeled “multi-surface variety”. This kind has a picture of a wine glass on the lid.
I searched for an alternate brand, but strangely this is the ONLY PAINT I found that said it was for glass that wasn’t stained glass paint. I read lots of reviews for paints that said they were made for glass, but customers didn’t agree. If you want to paint glass, use Plaid Paint (this is not sponsored). You can get it on Amazon or at Michael’s, but it’s much less expensive at Michaels.
Even the paints that are made for glass are not dishwasher safe unless they are cured, more on that later.
Be sure to read the labels and reviews carefully. There are many STAINED GLASS paints which are translucent. Before you begin your project, decide if you want paint that is opaque like the Plaid paints or translucent, like stained glass.
How To Paint In An Ombre Style
I wanted to try out an Ombre finish on my glass bottles. Here are the supplies I used:
- Painting tape
- Paint brush – I like to use foam for these types of projects
- Glass Paint
- Finishing spray (or use the oven, discussed below)
- Stencils (optional) – If you are doing a stencil, you’ll want a stamping-type brush.
Here are the steps to paint an ombre jar (with a video):
- Use the painter’s tape to set a clear top boundary. I didn’t want mine to go all the way to the top.
- Squirt some white paint and the color you are using onto a paper plate. I used Indigo.
- Decide whether the whiter color will be at the top or bottom. I used white at the top.
- Paint a stripe of white at the top. The beauty of ombre is that it doesn’t require hard lines.
- Dip your brush into the blue and mix it with the white to get the next hue and paint a stripe of that. Continue this process down the bottle blending as you go.
- You can always go back and touch up or add a second layer. If you apply a second coat, use a fresh brush.
- Take the tape off WHILE the paint is still wet.
- Cure the jar if you plan to wash it. This process is described below.
How Do You Permanently Paint Glass?
In order for paint to remain on glass, it must be cured in some way. There are a two ways to cure painted glass. The first is to bake it and the second is to use a sealant.
You might be wondering, as I was, can you put glass into any oven to cure it? The short answer is YES, but you have to follow a few basic guidelines.
- Be sure to let the paint dry for 24 hours before you try to cure it.
- Put the item into your oven when it’s COLD.
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- As soon as the temperature reaches 350, set a timer for 30 minutes.
- Once the time is up, turn the oven off, but DON’T get in a rush. Leave the glass in the oven until it’s completely cool.
- Wait 3 days before you wash your art. It’s still safer not to wash the item in a dishwasher, it’s safer to wash it by hand. If you wash in the dishwasher, use the top rack.
Does Acrylic Paint Wash Off Glass?
Acrylic paint won’t wash off glass IF you’ve cured it properly. If you don’t cure your art it will wash off easily. The beauty of glass painting is that if you paint your jar/bottle and you hate it, you can rinse it off and start over.
Acrylic paint should be cured and only washed in the top shelf of the dishwasher. I prefer to only wash mine by hand, or wipe it with a damp cloth.
Ideas For What To Paint On Glass
There are so many ideas for painting glass. Here are just a few ideas – wine bottles, clear glass vases, glass bowls, jars and canisters. Chas with Chas’ Crazy Creations has all kinds of ideas for how to paint glassware around the house.
You can also use a stencil on any glass surface. Here are some seasonal options:
- Holidays – snowflakes
- Fall – leaves
- Halloween – skeleton
- Summer – flowers
- Any time – polka dots
- Summer – stars (I used spray paint on my outdoor lanterns here)
A Cautionary Tale About Stripes
I tried to paint stripes onto my glass bottles, but because they are round and they taper at the top my attempt was a failure. Remember how I said the beauty is you can rinse and repeat? That’s what I did.