How To Make Glass Art


Ana Espinoza

Before you ask, this is not stained glass art but just applying acrylic paint onto a slab of glass. This is a continuation of my article Five things to do/make while at home! When doing this craft,  it will take some time so be prepared to have some background noise to keep you occupied.


The things you will need are:

  • A picture frame (you can get these for about $10 at Target or any other store, size of the frame is optional)
  • A printed copy of an image you want (size is optional depending on the frame)
  • A thin tip black paint pen
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint pallet or paper/reusable plates
  • Paints
This is what you will have to do if you don’t flip the image (Don’t make the same mistake I did)

The first thing you have to do is find your image of choice. After you find it, upload it onto a Google Doc or Word doc, size it to whatever size you want but make sure it fits the picture frame. Now before you print out the picture DO NOT FORGET TO MIRROR THE IMAGE.

Next prep your frame by taking the glass out. You can wash and clean the glass if you want, but you don’t really have too. When you have the glass out, place the image underneath and with the paint pen trace the picture. If the glass is glued onto the frame, like mine is, turn it over and trace from the inside.

this is what the picture should look like when you blot the paint on

After the image has been traced, lay out our paints. If you are painting a person and you need to find the neutral shade, mix red, brown, and white together onto the paint pallet. Start by painting the eyes, shadows, and any other small detail first before adding the skin and hair color. Tip: as you paint, blob some paint onto the glass and dab it around. Another tip is to put the glass towards the light to make sure you haven’t missed any spots. 

Then you let it dry and you’re done! You can put it back in the frame or display it as is.