You can make your design stand out by painting on etched glass, especially if you choose the right colors. 

Isn’t that easy? After you have prepared your design, stick your stencil on the glass you wish to paint. Follow the etching cream instructions to etch your glass. Rinse it with water after five minutes. Then paint over the etched pattern. 

It is possible to paint etched glass with patience, a little practice, and the right technique. To help you get started, this article offers 6 different variations on how to paint etched glass.

A Step-by-Step Guide

1. Design your project

  • The first step is to prepare the stencil. You can use a stencil you bought from a store, or if you want to customize one, you can make one. 
  • You can minimize crinkling by cutting out the edges of your stencil. 

2. Attach your stencil to the glass

  • Before adding the stencil, make sure that your glass is free of grease and grime.
  • Lay out your design on the glass after removing the protective backing. To remove air bubbles, use a squeegee. 
  • Protect the rest of the glass from the etching cream by taping the sides of the stencil. 

3. Make sure your glass is scratched

  • Etching cream should be applied evenly over the design. Depending on your etching cream brand, leave it for up to 10 minutes.

4. Remove the etching cream

  • Peel off the stencil and wash off the etching cream while running water is running. Before painting, allow the stencil to dry completely. 
  • Cleaning an etched glass with soap and water is a good idea if you are using one that has been previously etched. Rubbish alcohol is an alternative. Make sure you remove any grease or grime that might interfere with the paint’s adhesion. 

5. Paint the walls

  • Paint markers or metallic finishes can be used to add color to your etched glass. 
  • Rub the Rub’ n Buff on the etched design using a paper towel soaked in a small amount of it.
  • Wipe away any excess paint around the design. 
  • Follow the design until it has been covered completely by the opaque paint marker. Wipe away any excess paint. 

6. Allow the color to dry

  • After 10-15 minutes, let the paint dry. Don’t use a dishwasher to clean painted etched glass. 

Please be aware:

  • Applied paint fades with time on etched glass.
  • Food and beverages should not be in contact with etched glass coloring.
  • Colored etching creams will not produce colored etchings. 
  • The use of itch cream can harm the skin permanently or even cause death. Take care when handling and use latex or nitrile gloves. 

VARIATIONS IN PAINT ETCHED GLASS

1. APPLYING ACRYLIC PAINT TO ETCHED GLASS

1. APPLYING ACRYLIC PAINT TO ETCHED GLASS

With glass etching and acrylic paint, you can make lovely designs on your glass coasters, chopping boards, and plates.  

Instructions

  1. Allow your glass chopping board to dry after cleaning with soap and water. 
  2. Apply your stencil to the area you want to etch.
  3. Cover the design completely with the etching cream. 
  4. As directed by the manufacturer, leave the etching cream on.
  5. Return the etched cream to its original container after scraping it off with a foam brush. Place used etching cream into an unrelated container. 
  6. After the etching cream has dried, rinse the chopping board with water without removing the stencil.
  7. With acrylic paint, paint the etched design, taking care to stay within the etching.
  8. The stencil must be removed. 

2. ENHANCEMENT OF ETCHED MIRRORS WITH COLOR

Instructions

  1. You should use rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to clean the glass part of the mirror, taking care not to scratch the back part.
  2. With the stencil, you can apply any design you wish. Using a squeegee, remove any air bubbles. 
  3. Let the etching cream dry for 5-15 minutes, then apply the paintbrush to it. Working with etching cream requires the use of latex or nitrile gloves. 
  4. Excess etching cream should be scraped off. Etching cream can be reused and shouldn’t be thrown away.
  5. Run water over the etching cream to remove it. Dry the stencil well after removing it.
  6. Embellish the etched design with Chameleon Color Tops.
  7. Buff lightly the painted design with blending solution after spraying it on a paper towel.

3. A CHALK INK PAINTED ETCHED GLASS

A CHALK INK PAINTED ETCHED GLASS

Paint your glass mug with chalk ink after you etch it. The chalk ink can be any color you like, but it needs to be cured in the oven before washing. 

Instructions

  • To protect the rest of the glass mug from etching cream, cut out an oval shape from your vinyl sheet.
  • The stencil should be positioned inside the oval cutout on your mug. 
  • As recommended by the manufacturer, etch the glass.
  • Remove the stencil but do not wash off the etching cream. Dry completely.
  • Put a dab of chalk ink on the etched surface using the sponge applicator. Allow to dry.
  • From the mug, remove the stencil and the vinyl.
  • Place the painted side of the glass in the oven without preheating it.
  • Let it cure at 250oF for at least two hours before turning it off. Remove it from the oven when it has cooled. 

4. ELEMENTS OF METALLIC RUB-ON COLORING ON AN ETCHED GLASS PLATE

Metallic rub-on colors can be used to add muted colors to your etched glass plate. The etching should be applied on the backside of the plate if you intend to serve and eat food on it, especially for texts. Use the design on the front of the plate only if you are using it for decorative purposes. 

Instructions

  1. Attach your stencil to a clean glass plate.
  2. Your design will be added to the plate, then it will be etched as usual. Rinse the cream off and then dry the plate.
  3. Painter’s tape protects the other design parts, since this design uses three colors instead of one.
  4. Apply metallic rub-on paint to the etched design with a paper towel wrapped around your index finger.
  5. Using a clean paper towel, wipe off the excess rub-on paint. 
  6. Steps 3 to 5 should be repeated for each color. 

5. WINE GLASS WITH ETCHED, PAINTED, AND GLITTERED DETAILS

5. WINE GLASS WITH ETCHED, PAINTED, AND GLITTERED DETAILS

Adding glitter and paint to an etched wine glass will elevate your wine glass to new heights. Avoid cluttered designs by keeping the glitter and paint coordinated. 

Instructions

  1. Use warm water and soap to clean your glass. You can also use rubbing alcohol and a paper towel. 
  2. Apply the stencil to the wine glass once you have made it. You will need to tape off the rest of the wine glass.
  3. The usual Etch. Next, dry and wash the wine glass.
  4. Add a thin line of electrical tape to protect the glass rim. 
  5. Glue and glitters can be protected from the other side and the stem by covering them with electrical tape.
  6. You can glitter the part after you apply Mod Podge with a foam brush.
  7. Tap off the excess glitter and return it to the container after adding a liberal amount of glitter. 
  8. After the glitter has dried overnight, remove it. Touch up the glittered area if needed.
  9. Paint markers can be used to color the text on the front.
  10. Electrical tape or painter’s tape can be used to cover the side of the glass without glitter. 
  11. Let the glittered part dry completely before applying a clear coat. 

Summary

Using glass etching to customize your glassware and other household items is a permanent method of doing so. In addition to selling them, you can also customize them as gifts. 

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