Craft Glass Paints

Craft glass paints add color to your creative projects. The wide variety of hues will bring your glass projects to life. Available in singles or in packs, they can be applied with a brush or precision tip for just the right effect.

What makes up glass paint?

Glass paint is made of acrylic enamel paint, and it is the perfect paint for glass projects. It is as easy to use as other types of pigment, and it dries relatively quickly at room temperature. Most of it is water based, which means low dry time and a hard, shiny look to the finished product. Usually, it can be used on glass, ceramic, and other hard crafting surfaces. Water-based solutions are often dishwasher safe after drying. Check labels for specific cleaning instructions.

What’s the right type of glass paint for a project?

Acrylic is fairly all-purpose, and can be used for glass, posters, fabric, wood, or foam. It can be used straight out of the container or mixed with water for a lighter effect. It’s a water-based solution that dries fast and comes off with only water. This type may be a good pick for projects involving children.

Enamel craft stain is used on hard materials like clay and ceramic. It has a longer-lasting effect than acrylic craft paint and takes longer to dry. Think of this as a more heavy-duty version of acrylic. Most glass pigments are enamel stains. Stained glass paints to create stained glass windows are also marketed in this category.

What should you consider when painting glass?
  • Before applying anything, make sure to clean glass surfaces thoroughly so that no dirt or dust interferes with your art.
  • Plan out what you’re going to do with the craft paint before it happens. Especially if you’re using a high-quality craft paint, make sure it goes only where you want to put it. Taping off sections can help with this.
  • Use the right kind of craft paint for the effect you’re trying to achieve. Opaque and transparent craft paints will appear very differently, even if they’re the same color. For example, opaque paint on a stained glass window would defeat its purpose entirely; no light would be able to permeate it.
  • Use tools that will help you to achieve your desired effect. For example, if you’re painting a small groove, you might opt for a cotton swab as opposed to a thicker brush.
  • Ensure that your painting art dries completely before you attempt to move or use the surface you’ve painted.
Are glass paints toxic to children or animals?

Most craft paints are labeled non-toxic. However, they should not come into contact with food or be ingested. Read paint labels for specifics regarding any toxicity. Be careful with children and pets when using glass paints. Stained glass painting may not be a suitable activity for very young children.