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How To Do Glass Painting With Pebeo Vitrail Paints

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint Instructions

 Thursday 30 May 2019  -   Sandra M

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Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint can be used on glass or in Mixed Media applications.

What Is Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint?

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint is used to decorate glass objects. It comes in a large range of vivid transparent glossy colours which can be mixed together to create other colours. Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint can be used to reproduce beautiful stained glass effects on glass objects such as vases, tealight holders, bottles, jars, windows, etc.


Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paints


There are 26 transparent colours in the Vitrail range, which come in 45ml pots and 250ml bottles in the more popular colours. There are also 10 opale (opaque) colours available for a solid finish. Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint is solvent based (clean equipment thoroughly after use with white spirit) and colours have good light resistance and dry to a glossy finish. Stir the paints thoroughly before use.


How Do I Use Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint?

How TO Use Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paints


Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint is easy to use. To imitate a stained glass effect, use Vitrail Glass Paint with Pebeo Cerne Relief. Pebeo Cerne Relief is a water-based outliner that comes in a tube with a fine nozzle. It is available in a range of 7 colours and is used to create the outline of the design before applying the glass paint. Cerne Relief separates the colours giving a traditional stained glass look.

To start with, you will need a glass object and the following art materials:

– A pencil and a piece of paper to draw out your design.

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint in a selection of colours.

– A tube of Pebeo Cerne Relief to create your outlines.

– A soft brush to apply your glass paints.

We recommend using Pro Arte Acrylix Brushes to apply Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint because they are soft and will keep their shape when cleaned with white spirit / turpentine. The shape of brush that you choose is down to personal choice as it depends on how detailed your design is.


Art Supplies For Glass Painting


Step By Step Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint Instructions:

1. Firstly, clean the surface of your glass object with warm water, making sure that there are no grease marks on the object. Let it dry thoroughly.

2. Draw out your design onto a piece of paper and stick it behind your piece of glass (if it is a glass object such as a jar or a vase, place your drawing inside it).

3. Using a tube of Pebeo Cerne Relief, follow the outlines of your design. Sometimes it can take a bit of practice to get the hang of using the Cerne Relief so try it on a piece of paper or acetate first. If you do make a mistake, you can simply wipe the outliner off before it dries and re-apply it.

4. Once the Cerne Relief is dry (approximately 1 – 2 hours), using a soft brush, start filling in the shapes with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint. If you can, lay your object flat to avoid the glass paint from running and drying unevenly.

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint is usually touch dry within 1 – 2 hours and fully dry within 8 hours depending on the thickness of the paint application and the room temperature.

Painted objects and surfaces may be wiped clean but do not soak (they are resistant to glass cleaners). Objects painted with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint are for decorative purposes only. If you wish to paint glass objects for actual use, such as wine glasses, plates, etc, then use Pebeo Vitrea 160 Glass Paints instead (a water-based glass paint).

For a more traditional ‘imitation lead’ stained glass effect, you can use the Pebeo Vitrail Lead Strip instead of the Cerne Relief. This is a 10 metre roll of self adhesive lead strip that is easy to cut, shape and bend.

Below is a video demonstrating how to use Pebeo Cerne Relief Outliners along with some helpful tips and techniques:



What Other Surfaces Can Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint Be Used On To?

Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint can be painted on to numerous surfaces other than glass, such as plastic, acetate, polyester, metal, mirrors, wood and even canvas! If you want to have a coloured lightbulb then paint it with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint!

Vitrail glass paint can create some really interesting effects when painted on to canvas as it produces intense vibrant smooth glossy transparent colours. To see how effective Vitrail Glass Paints are when painted on to canvas, see the videos below:




You can also use Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint with a bath technique to create a marble effect on paper or canvas (Vitrail paints will sit on the top of the water bath because they are solvent based).


Mediums For Using With Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint:


There are a range of mediums available for using with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint:

Pebeo Vitrail Matt Medium – This medium will give the Vitrail Glass Paints a frosted matt finish when mixed directly in to the paint.

Pebeo Vitrail Glitter Medium – This medium adds a glittery sparkling effect when mixed either directly in to Vitrail Paints or when used over the top of dried colours.

Pebeo Vitrail Lightening Medium – Mix this medium directly into Vitrail colours to make the colours lighter without comprimising the quality of the glass paint.

If you wish to thin Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint then mix it with Pebeo Odourless Mineral Spirit.

Although Vitrail Glass Paints are very lighfast, if you are going to be placing your painted object in direct sunlight for long periods of time, we recommend that you use a UV varnish over the top. This will protect the colours from fading, especially if the item is going in a conservatory for example.


Pebeo Vitrail Mediums

Objects Decorated Using Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paints:

Below are some of the techniques that can be achieved with Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paint:


Glass Painting Techniques Using Pebeo Vitrail Glass Paints


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