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Technique description

Painting on glass differs from traditional canvas or paper as glass is non-absorbent. The paint is therefore placed on the surface via the paintbrush and texture is created by building up thicker outward layers of paint rather than a thicker inward soak into a porous canvas or paper.

Glass paint is created by mixing ground up or powdered clear glass with pigmented paint. The purpose of the ground up / powdered glass is that once painted on to the surface of a glass panel, this can be kiln fired – causing the glass powders to fuse with the glass panel and make the painted design permanent.

Back painted glass refers to any form of glass that is painted on the back face. The paint is therefore viewed in reverse through the glass. The advantage of this over a painting on canvas or paper is that the glass protects the painting from physical damage or fading.

Whilst back painting is most common, as the glass acts as a protective shield, the paint is sometimes applied to the front. An example of this is when gold paint is used to add detailing to a design such as etched glass.

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Sample#090 Back painted glass 01

Back painted glass. This can be created in any colour requested.

Sample#091 Back painted glass 02

Back painted glass. This can be created in any colour requested.

Sample#092 Back painted glass 03

Back painted glass. This can be created in any colour requested.

Sample#093 Bronze glass, organic hand painted

Glass featuring an organic bronze hand painted design.

Sample#105 Curved, kiln formed textured design, half water washed

Curved and textured kiln formed glass with a part colour wash.

Sample#133 Etched and painted design

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#158 Etched glass design, back painted 01

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#159 Etched glass design, back painted 02

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#160 Etched glass design, curved glass, back painted 01

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#161 Etched glass design, curved glass, back painted 02

The inspiration for this collection of designs came to Davia from the subtle ripples that appear in the surface of flowing water. This design is created through a mixture of etching and painting on the back face of a glass panel before filling the negative areas with light by applying a mirror backing.

Sample#242 Etched, hand painted

An etched design of random lines and circles is created on front face of this glass. The back face is hand painted in a similar colour and causes shadows from the etching to form on its surface – accentuating the design on the front face.

Sample#244 hand painted verre eglomise

An abstract, hand painted verre eglomise glass design backed with white gold leaf.

Sample#083 Kiln formed, bronze, silvered back 01

Kiln formed glass with a bronze painted front face and a silvered back.

Sample#084 Kiln formed, bronze, silvered back 02

Kiln formed glass with a bronze painted front face and a silvered back.

Sample#099 Kiln formed, bronze with silvered back

Kiln formed glass with a bronze painted front face and a silvered back.

Sample#094 Kiln formed coloured glass, half-painted, half-etched

Kiln formed coloured glass with half the surface painted and the other half etched.

Sample#097 Kiln formed, sandblasted, painted

A piece of kiln formed bronze glass with a hand painted back face and sandblasted front face.

Sample#239 Organic, abstract, etched, back painted

An organic abstract design etched on the front face of the glass, painted on the back face.

Sample#104 Painted glass artwork project

Glass art in a painted abstract design with an etched front face.

Sample#210 Sandblasted design, back painted

A nautical inspired design sandblasted onto glass with the back face hand painted.

Sample#058 Scored line design, back-painted

A line design is scored into this back painted glass panel.

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