A hard-learned secret at the heart of glass painting:
How To Mix A Perfect Lump Of Glass Paint
Do you know this feeling? When glass painting goes well, it's like you’re in Heaven.
See this picture here - focussed, peaceful, perfect:
That's when it goes well ...
But when your glass painting go wrong, you accidentally ruin a morning’s work - then life doesn’t seem so good.
And that's what I want to talk about today ...
... because I've noticed how, when things go wrong, most people blame their technique - they think their hand’s too wobbly.
Or they blame their tools: “If only I had a better tracing brush …”
Technique or tools.
One of those two, they say.
Except it should be three.
Yes, when things go wrong with your painting, there are three big ways to fail.
Technique, tools, or ...
Do you know what else? Do you know what the most likely problem is?
The problem is, most people don’t see what else it can be.
And that's a pity, because the one that's missing won’t take much time for you to learn.
Just a few hours, I promise.
And then - then you'll be free to focus on technique and tools - and make the fastest progress.
May I explain?
If that's OK, we must go back in time to when I started and tried to learn alone ...
How I started
Hello, my name is Stephen Byrne:
I'm a glass painter and co-owner at Wiliams & Byrne, an English stained glass studio.
Now I haven't always done this.
Back in 1999, when I left my well-paid financial job to learn stained glass ...
... I never thought I’d need 5 years before I discovered how to mix great paint.
You see what I know now is, the books I read were next to useless.
These books all made me think there wasn’t a particular way you had to do it.
"Just measure out some paint," the books all said.
"Just add water and gum Arabic ..."
"Then just use your knife to grind it.”
Those books (no videos back then) all rushed through the instructions and ingredients in a paragraph of two.
The foundation of your skill with glass painting: a paragraph or two.
And me, a respectful, trusting person:
- I got the tools.
- I bought the ingredients.
- I followed the instructions.
And the paint I made was AWFUL!
Mostly it was wet and sloppy.
Sometimes it was dry and hard.
And when I muddled through and made it mid-way between wet and dry, minutes later it was unusable again.
And naturally I assumed it was my brush, or that I’d loaded it all wrong ... when actually, looking back now, I understand the real problem:
I hadn't mixed good paint to start with.
(These days another thing I can’t get over is, the books all say to mix a small quantity. And not just the books: my first teacher set me up with a tiny palette, a pathetic-looking palette knife and a teaspoonful of runny paint. A teaspoonful of paint! What use was that? Then she rushed off to work with other students, leaving me to struggle. But don't worry: in this course, you'll learn how to do it properly.)
That's how it all began for me.
And I'll tell you about my big discovery in just a moment.
For now I hope you understand I’m not complaining: most things work out fine (though they often hurt us at the time).
And I appreciate the good fortune whereby today I am co-owner of a busy studio:
And we have lots of work.
How my colleague David started
So - turning to the studio’s other half: to David, my fellow painter here - his experience was as different from mine as chalk and cheese.
While I left university and then spent 15 long years in finance, David went straight from art school to a stained-glass apprenticeship with Patrick Reyntiens!
An apprenticeship where each day began the same:
Each morning, it was David’s job to mix HUGE quantities of paint for all the other glass painters.
Yes, that’s what he did first thing: every day, he mixed fresh paint for all the other painters.
Or he revived the dried-up paint from yesterday.
And the glass painters all made their feelings clear when David didn’t do as they had taught him.
Those glass painters all knew how, if things went wrong, yes it might be their technique, or it could possibly be their tools, but ...
... with an apprentice in the studio whose job it was to mix and revive their paint,
David was always going to take the blame - unless he learned to mix paint as they had taught him!
And learn mix it fast.
What a way to start: a 7-year apprenticeship in a studio where masterpieces are designed and painted for post-war Britain.
But who gets to learn like that these days?
(I didn’t. And probably you neither)
How to mix a perfect lump of glass paint: a proven method
Fast-forward to 2004: David and I set up our studio.
Our key policy is to organise our studio so that, when we settle down to draw or paint, everything is arranged so our minds are free to focus on our work.
Simple: we combined David’s good experiences with those discoveries I’d made through frustration, trial and error.
And so - to take one very important example - we always mix our glass paint in a particular way.
The same way you'll learn about inside this course we’ve filmed:
“How To Mix A Perfect Lump Of Glass Paint”
How to mix a perfect lump of glass paint: why this matters
Like I said earlier: beautiful, happy glass painting is a combination of three things:
- Tools, and ...
Technique is difficult to acquire. No short cuts here. Tracing, shading, highlighting - these are difficult skills to master. We all need discipline and focus. And lots of time to practise.
Tools you buy or sometimes make.
But glass paint you must mix yourself.
You can’t squeeze glass paint from a tube.
You can’t spoon it from a tub.
You can't pour it from a bottle.
Glass paint you must mix yourself.
You must also revive it and keep it in good shape.
This course is all about your paint.
We want you to solve this problem and tick it off your list.
This course will teach you how to mix, test, store and revive great paint.
Which leaves you free to focus on technique and tools.
And the fewer things you worry about, the faster you’ll improve.
“What’s in this course?"
This course will show you everything you need to know.
You’ll learn how to mix a small lump of paint and get comfortable with the technique we'll show you:
We'll show you the ingredients, the proportions, the exact recipe we use.
It only takes 10 minutes to mix a perfect lump of glass paint.
And these 10 minutes will change the way you trace and shade forever.
And in case you're wondering how you know you've mixed the paint the way it needs to be, we've also got that covered.
You'll learn how to test your paint:
Testing is important, because testing gives you confidence.
Then you can focus calmly on the work in front of you.
Later, when you finish working for the day, wouldn't it be nice if you leave everything a particular way so that, when you next paint, you can start as soon as possible?
So we'll show you how to leave your paint ...
But what happens when you want to paint the next time? What do you need to do before you start?
In this course you'll also discover how to revive your paint next time you use it:
You'll see the consistency you should aim for,
because this consistency is what will give you lovely paint for tracing and shading
And it happens to all of us: sometimes the paint dries out completely. That's not a problem -
You'll learn how to revive a rock-hard lump of glass paint
And as soon as you're confident:
You'll learn how to save time and mix a BIG lump of glass paint that'll last you several weeks or even months:
In all you get a set of 8 videos and 9 articles which show you how to mix, test, store and revive a perfect lump of glass paint.
"What's the cost?"
$15 so you see exactly how to mix, test, store and revive your glass paint.
A once-in-a-lifetime investment in yourself which leaves you free to focus calmly on you painting (because you know your paint is right):
Thank you x 100!!! This course on mixing the perfect lump of paint is invaluable! (Teresa D.)
Then click here:
"Do you guarantee this course?"
Yes. You have a 60-day money-back no-quibble guarantee.
If you want your money back, just email us within 60 days.
We'll return your payment straight away, no reasons asked.
I've watched & read this course several times, and I seem to learn more with each viewing. Using the information in the course, I mixed a lump several days ago, let it sit overnight and then began a most pleasant day of painting.
Over the years, my flooding was somewhat uncertain and often blistering. Thanks to you, I now realize I just wasn't recharging my brush often enough, so the distribution of gum and paint was uneven. The three test pieces I did this week came out smooth and well fired.
Your attention to one of the most basic, fundamental and perhaps most misunderstood skills, mixing paint, is certainly appreciated and will raise the level of any craftsman who takes the information and applies it in an inquisitive, bold and thoughtful manner.
Suffice it to say, you've done a great job! (Tom M.)
"So why a lump of glass paint? What's wrong with mixing just a teaspoonful?"
After all, all the books say just to measure out a tiny quantity of glass paint.
So 3 problems when you mix a teaspoonful of glass paint are:
- It dries out quickly on your palette;
- Your supply can run out just when you're in the middle of tracing or flooding or shading, so you must stop what you're doing and mix more paint;
- You can't be sure your new batch will be the same ratio of glass paint : water : gum Arabic, so it might feel different to paint with, and - this is the key problem - it could fire differently.
A lump of glass paint - water, gum Arabic and vitreous enamel like Reusche's Tracing Black (DE401) - solves these 3 big problems:
- A lump is better at retaining moisture, so it only dries out slowly;
- Whenever you need more, you just cut another slice, dilute it with a little water, and you're ready - quick and easy;
- You can be confident each slice is like the one before it i.e. you can get to know your paint: it's predictable.
There are 7 benefits in all.
You learn them through the videos.
You also learn just the right amount of water (surprisingly little) and gum Arabic to add so that you make a lump (and don't make soup which dries like concrete).
There is a method.
You learn it through the videos.
“Are these videos like I can watch on YouTube?"
I'm glad you mentioned that.
In fact we use 3 cameras.
One left, one right, and one above.
That way we can always draw your attention to what you need to see.
So no. Nothing like you watch on YouTube.
"How much time will I need to finish this course?"
About 3 hours.
Just 3 hours and we show you skills you'll never learn from books.
And at the end you'll have a lovely lump of paint yourself: mix great paint to start with, then you'll really make progress with your tracing and shading -
"Can I download the videos?"
Certainly you can.
Join now, click here:
"How long do I have access to this course?"
For as long as the Internet exists.
"What happens when I have a question?"
Just send us an email, and we'll write back. That's all included.
“Sounds great! What do I do next?"
Click here and buy:
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And there you’ll find the videos and lessons all in front of you.
To succeed (or fail), it's your technique, your tools - or your paint.
This course is all about your paint.
Solve that problem and I promise you, you'll make amazing progress.
Click here and learn how to mix a perfect lump of glass paint.
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When you mix great glass paint, you'll love tracing and shading like never before
That's why I hope you: