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How to paint glass

Tim Gustard guides you through the process of painting glass using acrylics, with advice on setting up and preparing your support


Soup Tomorrow (detail), acrylic, 27x16in (68x40cm). This is part of a much larger painting. I painted the glass with indanthrene green mixed with a little burnt umber in multiple glazes, with strong reflections from the outside light

Acrylics are so versatile, but if you’ve not used them before some of their drawbacks may restrict you until you become accustomed to them. The most difficult thing to get used to is the rapid drying time unless you apply it thickly with a palette knife. It seems that no matter how much water you add, they still dry faster than watercolour. This means that glaze after glaze can be applied in a day, one on top of the other, with just minutes in between. The extensive range of colours means you can achieve effects far beyond anything that oils are capable of, and these effects are some of what we will see as we paint glass.

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There's a definite seasonal theme in this month's issue as we say goodbye to the UK summer and our contributing artists turn to working with a more autumnal palette in watercolour (Ian Sidaway and cover artist Paul Talbot-Greaves), and pastel (David Allen), whilst Geoff Hunt shows how it's possible to paint watercolours in the rain. Mixed-media enthusiasts will love the demonstrations by Chris Forsey and Soraya French, who shows how to create exciting textures in acrylic landscapes, whilst Robert Dutton urges us to embrace our 'mistakes' as we develop our creativity. For more detailed painting styles, be inspired by Lucy McKie's intricate paintings, and Tim Gustard's photorealist approach to creating the illusion of glass objects. We also include articles on line and wash techniques, 16 invaluable tips from female members of the Royal Watercolour Society, advice on painting the sea and sky in watercolour, how to create a strong focal point, and develop a style of our own. Plus, study our additional 16-page Art Courses & Holidays supplement for great ideas for some personal art tuition in the UK or overseas!