Ever wonder how the scenes on church windows are made? I just finished a four day intensive course with Williams and Bryne at the Bryn Athyn College. These two gentlemen are the most amazing glass painters from England. What a fabulous experience.
Glass paint is actually finely ground glass, so fine it is a powder. When mixed with water and some hardener ( so it sticks to the glass), it can be used to paint images onto the glass. The images can then be shaded by adding a matte and then scratching or rubbing into them. Additional shading or lines can be placed on top of the image with a 'wash' of oil and paint. Once it's finished the piece is fired in a kiln whereby the paint becomes permanent.
Colored glass is painted in this fashion and then can be assembled into stained glass windows.
This example is just once piece on clear glass.
Heads UP! Some of my work will be showcased at Bryn Athyn College this weekend for the opening of Glasstopia, the American Glass Guilds annual conference!