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The Glass Painter's Method: Brushes, Paints & Tools

The Glass Painter's Method: Brushes, Paints & Tools


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This book will serve you well if:

  1. You’re new to traditional stained glass painting and are uncertain which brushes, paints and tools to buy – this book will tell you what you want to know. The accompanying 12 free online videos will also introduce you to the key techniques.
  2. You’ve painted stained glass for a while but still worry “Is it my lack of skill which is the problem, or is it my brushes, paints and tools which stop me achieving the results I want?” – this book will guide you to the answer. And the 17 free designs will give you an excellent resource with which to practise.
  3. You’re a teacher who wants your students to experience the joy of mastering this wonderful craft – this book will show you the smallest, most effective set of brushes, paints and tools to place before them so they can triumph.

From designers and painters Williams & Byrne, and featuring entries from the journal of the forgotten Victorian craftsman Nathaniel Somers, this book will demonstrate how few possessions you really need to paint stained glass.

This is Book 1 of The Glass Painter’s Method.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999618902
Publisher: Williams & Byrne Techniques Limited
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Series: Glass Painter's Method , #1
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 439,834
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Foreword • Your three bonuses • To the reader • How this book is organised • It's all about techniques

Part 1 - Line, Silhouette and Highlight

Introduction, checklist, overview

How to mix your paint: Glass paint • Water in a jar or bowl • Gum arabic • Your mixing bowl and palette • Spoons • The palette knives • Paint cover • Cloth and paper • Method

Prepare your glass: the undercoat: Quick reminder • Light box • Glass • The hake brush • The badger blender • Where you are now

Trace the design: The tracing brush • The painting bridge

Strengthen your trace-lines

Flood the border

Cut and soften highlights: The stick • A quiet word about scrubs and stipplers • Your ring finger


Part 2 - Shadow

Introduction, checklist, overview

How to mix your paint

Prepare your glass: The brushes you'll need • Prepare a wash of glycol • Apply the wash • Blend the wash • Remove the excess • And blend again

Make big shadows: The brushes you'll need • Mix dark paint • Apply the paint


The Highlights



Part 3 - Silver Stain: The Glorious Transformation

Introduction, checklist, overview

How to mix your stain


Method: The brushes you'll need • Apply the stain

Water vs. oil or glycol

Glycol vs. oil: is one medium better than the other?


Agathon's journey

Part 4 - Miscellany


How to clean your brushes

The kiln: Why you need a kiln • Different kinds of kilns • Our kilns at Williams & Byrne

Firing schedules: How to test a kiln • How we fire our glass paint • How we fire our stain • A principle • Conclusion

Enamels: a warning for beginners

Different sequences of techniques

The fish's journey

How to trace, strengthen, flood and shade with just three brushes

How to get your three bonuses

Where to learn more

Appendix - The designs

How to use the designs

Small versions of the designs


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