Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Glass Painting Terms

Tracing
to paint a very thin line in one smooth, calligraphic stroke to define the basic shapes in the glass painting

Matting
to apply a very thin coat of paint over the entire surface of the glass (usually
after tracing and firing) for further definition and highlighted details of the glass painting

Stippling
removal of the matting to expose more glass and often used as a shading technique, using a pouncing motion, producing a pinhole effect

Stick-lighting
removal of the matting to expose more glass and often used as a shading effect to create roundness and dimension in the glass painting

Firing
the heating of the glass and paints to fuse the paints with the glass or stain the glass with the silver stains