It’s fun. It’s festive. And I’m kind of in love with the wonky shape of these pretty green bottles. Even the somewhat minimalist, crude sun on the right is making me smile… though I’m more drawn to the Klimt-esque dotted scrolls on the left.
All in all, if I were to begin painting on glass, I imagine this is what my early efforts would most closely resemble. I’m a dab hand at painting a wall, but fiddly things like glass bottles? Actual figurative work? Yeah, not so much. Still, even these simple efforts that are nearly as wonky as the bottles themselves have a certain charm to them. I may even try it, using the instructions found here.
But of course there’s so much more than the sun from a small child’s crayon drawing or simple motifs ripped off from famous paintings to do with glass and paint in tandem.
After all, this is what Flemish artist Guy De Jaegher can do with oil paint applied to the back of a piece of glass.
Or you can do portraiture, like this piece done by Angela Watson, mom and glass painter:
Or, if you’re looking to decorate with a minimum of moolah and a maximum of humor, you can always try your hand at this fabulous Zombie portrait in a thrift store frame invented by Crafting for Cheapskates:
Whether you’re into realism, a broader style, or even simple geometric shapes, you can do all sorts of great craft art by painting on glass. Give it a try sometime. You’ll be glad you did.