Can I Use Acrylic Paint On Glass?

Acrylic Painting And Crafty Ideas

acrylic painting and crafty ideas

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  • Hi Gina I am painting votive candle holders with apple barrel matte acrylic paint but it is not a glass paint so how do I seal the colour please advice

    • Hi Bhumi,
      I have moved the website and the page you’re looking for is HERE. Please read about it there and if you still have any questions, please write back and let me know.
      Best Regards,

  • Hi, I’m painting on ceramic tile and use it for wall decoration. I didn’t use the glass/ tile medium when I started. I’m using regular acrylic paint mixed with little water. Can I still bake this ? I read in your blog that glass has to be baked for 45 min at 350. Is this same for ceramic tile too? Need some ideas on what sealant I can use after baking. Thanks!

    • Hi Rose,
      Yes, you can still bake it just like it says for the instructions for baking glass. Since you didn’t use the glass and tile medium, I would suggest Plaid Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealers. It is especially for ceramics.

      Next time if you are not using the glass and tile medium, I suggest lightly sanding the surface to help it adhere and do not thin with too much water. Clear medium is recommended for thinning paint for glass and ceramics.

      Good luck with your project and have a Happy New Year!
      Best Regards,

  • Hi Gina,
    Not having done my ‘homework’ first I applied gesso to glass jars and let dry for 24-hours. Then I proceeded to use acrylic paint to paint designs on them. I was planning to use a spray sealer when finished. However, after reading your blog, I am afraid that this has been a big mistake and I should just pitch the jars (I was planning on filling them with candy for Christmas gifts). I know from reading your instructions what to do in the future – I just need to know what to do with these 6 jars I have waiting to be sealed. Are these salvageable, or should I just throw them out?
    Thank you for your time,

    • Hi Kay,
      I think the best way to fix this is to remove the paint and start over. You can soften the paint with water and scrape it off with a plastic gift card or putty knife then wash with soapy water, rinse and clean the glass with equal parts of water and vinegar. If some of the paint is hard to remove you can use fingernail polish remover.

      Then refer to the blog to paint the jars. This way the people you give the candy to can have the jars as a keepsake for years to come.

      Happy Holidays!
      Best Regards,

      • Hi Gina,
        Thank you for replying. I am going to remove the paint from all of them and start over as you suggested. I do want them to be able to keep the jars. Lessons learned the hard way are still lessons learned lol!

        Happiest of Holidays to you too!

        • Hi Kay,
          Thank you, and yes, I think that’s the best way to go about it. It’s such a great idea too. I think I might try a similar project sometime.
          Take care,

  • Thank you for your tips!! I’m painting some rocks glasses for my husband in Afghanistan and I’ve followed everything you said! Now let’s hope they can endure the journey there!

  • Think I bought the wrong paint after reading your article. My paint is Nicole’s acrylic craft paint. Looking on the bottles now they all say waterbase, let dry one hour between coats. Not sure this is what I should of bought to paint on wine glasses

  • I used acrylic paint and pouring medium and poured it on to a wine glass. What can I use to seal the method of painting?

  • Hi Dear, I tried painting glass candle bowls and glass candle holders with regular paint and I want to seal them so they don’t flake off. What should I use to seal them ? I am not sure if I can bake them and I have not used the primer on the glass as well.
    Can I spray modpodge so the paint sticks to it ? Or Can I spray gloss acrylic sealer ?

    • Hi Lux,
      I’m not sure that it will stay on without applying the glass and tile medium first with the regular acrylic paint. I also wouldn’t try baking it. I would apply the gloss acrylic sealer to help it stay longer. Make sure it says on the label that it’s for glass. Plaid Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer – Gloss would work. Good luck. I hope it lasts. I wouldn’t try scrubbing it with anything abrasive when cleaning it.
      Best Regards,

  • Gina, This is great, I was a little unclear where to leave a comment until I just started trying links on your site but I did find it. I really like the detail you go into for acrylic painting. Looks as though anyone could do it.


    • Hi Stuart, I’m glad you like the detail. I wanted to be really clear and specific so that anyone could understand it even if they didn’t know a single thing about it. I also really appreciate you letting me know about the comment section not being visible. I have fixed this.

  • What a lovely site and what a good idea painting on glass. I know that you would have to add something to the paint to make it stick as I made the mistake of painting with acrylics onto a plastic surface for the garden. Needless to say, it soon started peeling off, especially when the rain started.
    I had given up painting on smooth surfaces as I didn’t know you could buy something to make it stick.
    You have some great ideas for painting with acrylics. Thanks for a great post. Ches

    • Hi Ches, Thank you! I’m glad you like my site, and I’m happy you learned something about painting glass with acrylic paint. Maybe you can try again now that you know how to make the paint stick.

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