I have been experimenting with glass paints. First, let it be known that I am not a painter. I took a Tole Painting class back in the day. I did okay, but I remember I was so intense in my painting that my ears got hot and red! No kidding! This was not a relaxing activity for me. So painting on glass is probably not something I am going to do a lot of. The ability to do some line drawings or lettering, however, could come in handy.
First I tried paints from Glassline. The paints come in a variety of colors. I used the white and black paints. The white is a nice bright white. The black was a bit dull. The shape of the bottle that this paint comes in makes it difficult to squeeze with even pressure. I ended up putting it in a separate slip trailing bottle that I could squeeze easier. Once in the new bottle with a metal tip I could make very thin lines with this paint. When fired on top of glass, the paint had a matte finish.
The other paint I tried was Multipen. The bottle is round which makes it easier to control. It also comes with a fine point metal tip. But even with the tip, I had a hard time getting thin lines. I may have to experiment with changing the consistency somewhat. The white was not as white as the Glassline paint. It was more ivory in color, but when fired on top of the glass it had a nice glossy finish. I haven’t tried the black yet, but I was told the Multipen black is blacker than the Glassline paint.
Regardless of which one I used, I got the best result by firing with the paint on top of the glass. When I fired with the paint between the layers I got bubbles. I even tried to prefire the painted glass and it still resulted in bubbles between sheets of glass in the final firing.
My conclusion is… the jury is still out. If I can get the Multipen to the right consistency, I think I would prefer it because it is easier to apply and fires to a glossy finish. I’ll have to do some more testing to be sure though.
Here are some of the pieces I made.