Many years ago, I use to paint a ton on glass…wine glasses, vases and even plates. The plates, however, had to be painted on the bottom so that they would be useful. That’s where reverse glass painting came in handy! Have you ever tried reverse glass painting? Let me show you how easy it is with stencils!
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I started off the project by spray painting the back of the glass plate I found at a discount store with a coat of Matte Finish from the Liberty Stain & Varnish Corp. This enabled me to use regular acrylic paints to add the designs. The first element I added to the back of the plate were circles made with a hand-carved stamp and archival black ink.
To make each of the patterned filled circles stand out, I sponged white acrylic paint over the shapes.
Tip: When you reverse glass paint, you have to give some thought to when you add each step. If this had been on a card, you would have painted the background, added some patterns in a circle shape, and finally stamped on the black outlines. Sometimes it helps to actually create the pattern on a card first and then reverse the steps for the glass project.
To fill in the background around all of the circles, I used the 6×6 Mumsy stencil and black acrylic paint. I also added another layer of white paint to the back of the circles.
Last but not least, I added in my background color using two shades of green and a turquoise. I used cosmetic sponges to apply the paint twice to make it as opaque as possible.
I then used a couple coats of spray sealer on the back of the plate to protect all the layers of paint. Because I never painted on the front part of the glass, I can use the plate to serve food if I wish. The plate definitely needs to be hand washed, however.
See how fun that was? Reverse glass painting takes a bit of planning, but the results are worth it!