How To Mix A Perfect Lump Of Glass Paint

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If you struggle with your glass painting, there are 3 problems you might need to fix.

One problem is technique.

For example, if it’s tracing you find difficult, technique is how you hold your brush, how you load your brush and shape it, how you use your bridge:

Stained glass tracing

That’s technique.

Technique we deal with in an 8-week foundation course. Week-by-week we work together and solve the problems. That's here.

Moving on now: the second problem is your tools.

What I mean is, you must have good tools to start with.

Good tools to start with

For instance you need a palette, a palette knife, a tracing brush, a badger blender, a wooden stick for highlighting, and an applicator brush like this:

Tools are less of a problem than technique because you don’t need many.

But the few you do need, they must be good.

We’ve put together a list of everything we use and the websites you can buy them from.

I’ll tell you how to get this list in just a moment.

So do you see: if you struggle with glass painting, it’s just a question of identifying the problem.

And fixing it.

Doing something different - like buying a different tracing brush, holding it differently, changing how you load it …

You can do this. We're here to help.

I said 3 problems and so far I've mentioned 2.

So moving on again ...

The third problem can be your paint.

How you mix it:

How you mix your paint

This is not your fault. It’s the times we live in. We’re used to everything being ready-made and on-demand.

And glass paint is not like that.

You mix it for yourself, you look after it while you’re painting, you protect it overnight, and restore it next time you want to paint.

  • Glass paint is not ready-made.
  • And it's definitely not on-demand.

At the same time, glass paint is not difficult to mix. It's not like you need scientific instruments to measure the exact quantities.

No.

The problem is, you’re unlikely to work it out for yourself.

It’s actually surprising how you do it.

You don’t do it like you think, because its ingredients react differently from other things you’ve met.

And unless you know this, you’re going to mix it wrong.

Worse: people always “correct” the one thing they shouldn’t. They think it's too dry then they go and add more water. Big mistake. Like slamming your foot on the gas when you mean to hit the brakes!

Again, it’s not your fault - I’ve haven’t found a book which tells it like it is:

  • Most books spend a paragraph or two, no more than that.
  • Most books say to mix a teaspoonful.
  • Most books tell you to grind it with a knife when actually a spoon works best ...

Like this:

How to mix stained glass paint

Now if I were starting out again, me I’d want to know the right tools and I'd want to mix good paint to start with.

Why?

Because that way I'd quickly solve 2 of the 3 big challenges.

Because that way I’d have a clear mind to focus on the one other thing which might give me problems: my technique. (And technique is something we deal with in our foundation course, Illuminate!)

Because always: the fewer things you worry about, the faster you’ll improve.

Now if you understand this way of thinking, I think you’ll like this course, How To Mix A Perfect Lump Of Glass Paint:

It shows you everything you need to know: how to mix and test and store and revive your paint.

You’ll learn about:

  1. The quantity and the right proportions - paint, water and gum Arabic;
  2. The method: like I said we use a spoon: we’ll show you how, because it saves a ton of time. Also, we don't mix ours on a palette, except at the end;
  3. You'll learn how to test your paint. This means you'll be confident the paint is good for the techniques you plan to use;
  4. How to revive it: how to revive it the next day, plus how to revive a lump you made 6 months ago;
  5. And how you want our lump of paint to look and feel before you start to trace or shade;
  6. The paints we recommend and why they work so well together.

Plus you also get our resource list: all the tools and paints we use and where to buy them (more on this in a moment).

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.


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? What's wrong with a teaspoonful?"

Great question.

So 3 problems when you mix a teaspoonful are:

  1. It dries out quickly on your palette;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.

Whereas ...

A lump of glass paint - water, gum Arabic and vitreous enamel like Reusche's Tracing Black (DE401) - solves these 3 big problems:

  1. A lump is better at retaining moisture, so it only dries out slowly;
  2. Whenever you need more, you just cut another slice, dilute it with a little water, and you're ready - quick and easy;
  3. 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 technique.

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 three hours.

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 tracing and shading:

"Can I download the videos?"

Certainly you can.

Inside the course, you'll find a download page with links to all the training videos.

"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 included in the ticket price.

"What's the cost?"

US $15.

$15 so you see exactly how to mix, test, store and revive your glass paint once and for all.

Which will leave you free to focus on you painting:

Stained glass tracing

And remember - you get this free bonus:

You also get our tried and tested resource list:

  • The best badger blender, the right kind of hake brush;
  • The length, shape, size and brand of tracing brush;
  • Sticks, scrubs, stipplers;
  • How to make your own bridge / arm-rest;
  • What size palette you need;
  • What length of blade and handle on your palette knife;
  • How to make your own light box without nails or glue;
  • The kind of glass which works really well for everyday projects;
  • Different brands of glass paint, different media;
  • How kilns differ from one another, and the spec. we use at Williams & Byrne;
  • A special tool that will improve your painting even when you aren't working with a tracing brush.

And a list of supplier websites.

It's all there inside this course.


Thank you x 100!!! This course on mixing the perfect lump of paint is invaluable! (Teresa D.)


"Do you guarantee this course?"

Yes. You have a 60-day money-back no-quibble guarantee.

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And there you’ll find the videos and lessons all in front of you.

Remember:

To succeed (or fail), it's your technique, your tools - or your paint.

This course is all about your paint.

Plus, with that resource list we include, you discover the trustworthy brushes and tools we use here at Williams & Byrne.

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:

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