How to Paint on Glass With Enamels

Linda Stamberger

Enamel paint gives glass a glossy, hi-sheen look. Enamel paint air dries, making it an easy way to use paint with less wait time for finished projects. People paint using enamels on all types of glass, including glass vases, wine glasses and for decorating sections of windows around the home.

Palette used for enamel paint

Various glass objects can be painted for crafts, resale items or personalized gifts given to people on special occasions. Once dry, the glass can easily be cleaned with mild soap and water.

  1. Wipe down the surface of the glass to prepare it for enamel paint. Wipe the glass with warm water or a small amount of rubbing alcohol. Take a clean rag and dip it into the water, then ring it out. Wear plastic disposable gloves to keep your hands from coming into contact with alcohol. Wipe the rag over the glass after dipping a small section of the rag in the alcohol. Do not over-saturate the glass with alcohol as you rub. Wipe off excess alcohol, and let the glass air dry.

  2. Change into a fresh pair of latex gloves so the oil from your fingers will not smudge the glass or interfere with the paint being applied on the glass. Place the paint colors you will be using side by side on a palette. Buy the palette at any store that sells art supplies. They come as little plastic trays with rectangles or sunken circles, which can be filled with different paint colors.

  3. Purchase quality artist paint brushes -- those with thick bristles and thin fine points -- so you can paint various-sized shapes, sections and fine details on the glass object of your choice.

  4. Use a design that you have drawn on paper beforehand, or if you are artistic, paint a design in free-style form as you go. Think about what you want to paint on the glass before you start and how much surface area you will have to paint.

  5. Dip the tip of the paintbrush into the paint, and rub the excess paint from the tip onto the edge of the palette. Be careful not to mix the colors as you paint. Use a different paint brush for each color you use. Blend paints together separately in a different palette compartment with a separate paint brush.

  6. Place a warm cup of water on the side, or fill a clean empty can with water. Keep the water where you are painting to clean your paint brushes as you paint. Some artists like to use only one paint brush as they paint and simply clean off the color of paint in water before applying a new color. Wipe the paint brush dry with paper towel after cleaning.