Best Craft Paint For Glass: This is Pretty Slick!
Are you seeking the best kind of craft paint for glass? I’m with you! I’m ready to start painting again since winter began and I’ll have to put my outdoor craft fun on hiatus :P. Gotta roll with the punches. By the way I love to paint no matter what time of year it is – main thing I notice is it takes longer to dry.
Anyway, I’ve been wanting to give my glass jar collection a new makeover but you can’t just use the same kind of paint you would use on wood. You need a different formula as glass is slick and smooth and it takes a different kind of paint to stick to it, especially permanently.
You Need Enamel Based Paint For Glass!
I remember as a kid I enjoyed painting suncatchers. You probably did too – remember those suncatcher kits that always came with the little row of paint pots and a brush? Sometimes I had to use a toothpick instead of a brush to apply it, especially in small areas. It was also translucent when dry. Chances are, it was an enamel-based paint.
To paint on glass like a real boss, you need enamel paint. You may also need to permanently cure your items in the oven after drying. Last night I brought home some of these from Hobby Lobby – I had to do diligence first so I would get the right kind to use on glass. Now let’s look at some brands that make the cut!
DecoArt Gloss Enamel For Glass
I picked up some enamel craft paint by DecoArt. It’s made by Plaid and that’s a great company too. Ready to see how it goes…I also got some Frosted Glass colors too ! I’ve seen glass objects in some places with that pretty looking misty frosted look so I thought I would give it a try:)
I have some real cute little yoghurt jars I’ve kept that I wanted to experiment with before I go onto the more ambitious stuff like mason jars. So here I go!It turned out really well. The thickness is moderate, not super thick or thin, and the colors are vibrant.
Objects later on can be cured in the oven to set the enamel permanently. The standard Gloss Enamel colors give these instructions: Let cure for 4 days and bake in oven 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Painting on glass is kind of tricky, because you can see through it and thus flaws like brush marks, air bubbles, stuff like that. It’s different from opaque nonporous objects that give you a little more leeway and a chance to correct errors.
Try the Frosted Glass Version Too!
Now for the frosted glass paint…..As I discovered, it’s pretty thick. It’s also got a little bit of an odor to it – more so than the original types I talk about which have hardly an odor to them unless they get old. Don’t worry, it’s also non-toxic though!
I ended up adding a little water to it to thin it enough to be able to swirl it around so I could give this cute little glass jar a real color tint. Emphasis on “a little” – you don’t want the paint to be too thin or it will be easier to see flaws like bubbles, color overlaps, ridges, etc.
The Frosted Glass paint has directions on the label to “cure for at least an hour, bake in oven for 350 degrees for 30 minutes”
I would also encourage you to try this brand too! It is another time-tested brand like DecoArt. It is ready to use out of the bottle; with no thinning necessary. After application and drying, it has a semi-gloss appearance to it.
Oven setting is recommended to produce permanency. If left at a normal air drying, it could take as long as 21 days, according to the manufacturer.
Just be aware it might not be safe for eating or drinking – decorative purposes only – something to consider when you are choosing items to paint.
Plaid Gallery Glass
Love suncatchers? Then you will love using this specialized brand of glass craft paint. It has a nice skinny applicator tip so even inexperienced users can take a crack at designing beautiful glass crafts. Each bottle is 2 oz and the colors are rich and vibrant. It also includes lead strips to guide your designs.
You can also check into the liquid leading, also made by Plaid, to create the black outlines around the designs. In addition to suncatchers, this paint is also excellent for use on wine glasses, wine bottles, candleholders, Mason jars, anything glass with a smooth surface.
Only thing I do want to stress, is that this paint is able to peel off from its surface at a later date. You may want to consider the application of some Mod Podge to set it. Another good use for Gallery Glass is its suitability in making window clings (something I’ve never attempted to do, but sounds fun!)
This Glass Paint Set by Magicdo Comes in Tubes
One more to bring to your attention and that is this set I found by Magicdo. It includes 12 jewel tone colors in 0.4 oz tubes. You will need to use the built-in piercer in the cap to get to the contents. It also comes with a bonus of a cute palette so you can get started mixing your paints.
Excellent product choice if you are looking for something that can fill in larger areas. You may also want to consider the liquid leading I mentioned earlier to make sure your designs are crisp and outlined.
According to set directions, full curing in the oven at 175 degrees for two hours will keep your designs permanent.
Hope you enjoy! Get some of this paint today… Do you want to create solid and opaque, or frosty looking, or transparent looking effects? You can. Get creative and see what you can come up with next time you are painting jars, vases, bottles, and more!