It was a great evening painting on wine glasses at the Guild last night. There were several veteran members as well as a few new faces. Karen and Pam gave great instructions and advice. They furnished supplies for painting. Most of the ladies brought their own glasses but there was glassware on hand for purchase at a very nominal fee.
These are the pointers that were shared:
- Clean glass with alcohol
- Use enamel paints (We used Folk Art water based)
- Get inspiration from online or come up with your own design on paper first
- Try taping your design to the inside of the glass to “trace”
- You may outline the art in a sharpie and paint over it… or not
- Place glass on waxpaper and turn like a lazy Susan for easy access to all sides
- If working on glass is difficult to see, place white fabric inside
- Some of the more transparent paints may need a few coats. Use a hair dryer between them.
- Play it safe and don’t paint in the lip area of the glass
- If using tape for straight lines, pull it off before it dries or the paint will pull off too!
- Scrape off stray edges with a knife
- Make polka dots with the end of your brush
- Allow paint to cure 72 hours. Then place in cool oven, heat to 350 deg for 30 minutes to set. This allows you to wash in dishwasher. But do not soak!
- Don’t microwave painted glassware
But, the best lesson of all is that it’s most fun to paint wine glasses while with good friends at the Guild who may also be drinking wine!