How to Paint on Glass, Hand Painted Peacock Feather Wine Glasses from The Dollar Store DIY

I recently made this set of peacock feather wine glasses for myself.

I used to paint on glass a lot, making decorative glass bottles
drinking glasses or decorative painting on vintage windows
 and it's a lot of fun and easy to do.

dollar store wine glasses to use with glass paint
I found these great 20oz wine glasses at my local dollar store.

Folk Art and Deco Art Glass paints
I have a bunch of different colors of glass paints on hand. They are all the kind
that you bake and cure in the oven to make them more durable.
I used both the Folk Art Enamels and the Deco Art Enamels
depending on the color I needed. 

You can combine different brands of bake-able paints, just
read the directions and if they have two different oven temps listed,
use the lower of the two and it should be fine.

painting peacock feathers on glass
A tip for painting on clear glass... your first coat is the one you are going to see
on the inside, so choose accordingly...
This shows the start of the feather and I used metallic gold for the first coat.

painting peacock feathers with glass paints
This shows the outside of that glass. I also used a yellowish tan coat but 
didn't want plain tan showing through on the inside, 
so I started with the metallic gold so it would look pretty.

painted peacock feather wine glass DIY Filbert Paint brush
I painted a turquoise round spot on top of that, followed by
 bright blue with a hint of dark purple.

When painting circles or rounded shapes, use a Filbert or Oval Wash Brush 
like the one in this photo, it makes it super simple to do.

hand painted peacock feather glass painting
I knew I wanted my design to sort of wrap around the glass, so
I started with the feather stem and swirled it around to the other side.

I love peacock beautiful!
You can do a search on my page for "peacock" and it will show you 
all the peacock feather items I've made.

hand painted wine glass with peacock feather and liner brush
Then I started adding the rest of the feather.
Use a long liner brush for this, the brush will do the work for you 

painting on glass peacock feather
The back...

It doesn't have to be perfect, no one will be examining every stroke...
if they are, serve them another glass of wine

peacock feather painted on wine glass using glass paints
I kept adding different colors of green, one was a pearlescent green.

hand painted peacock feather on wine glass using glass paints
 For the final touch, I added metallic gold.

When adding layers using glass paint, you have to make sure what you 
are painting over is dry or it will lift the paint up...don't want that.

painted wine glass with peacock feather in greens and gold

painted peacock feather wine glass
And the inside.

peacock feather wine glasses with glass paints
I like how they turned out!
Now go get yourself some wine glasses and get to painting :)

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  1. Beautiful! I have the paint. I have the brushes. I have the glasses. Now, do I have the talent?!? :) I paint wine glasses often but tend to be fairly conservative and do the same things over and over again. These look like such fun to try!

  2. Beautiful as usual! BTW, my momma loves these. She had seen them when I liked them on FB. She is kinda new to FB so I showed her how to like your page so you have another new fan!


  3. These are just fabulous! and you are too generous to show us how to paint them! Thank you.

  4. Now, what did you use to put over the paint so that it wouldn't wash off?

  5. Hi Keely! Like I mentioned in the post, those are glass paints that you can get at the craft store and after curing in the oven, it won't wash off

  6. very cool thanks for sharing, if I only had some talent for this... :)

  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial! It is great, and I've made a few sets as gifts!

    I'm having trouble with one thing, though- one coat of the gold is too sheer. When I add a top coat, it gets sort of "chunky" or shows lines. I have tried a few different paint brushes.

    Any tips for that?

    The people who received these as gifts loved them, even if my finished product is not as polished as yours. :-) Thank you!

    1. Yes, one coat is too sheer, I do 2 or 3 of the gold. Mine have a little "texture" on them from the coats of paint, but I don't think it's too noticeable.
      I use a filbert (sometimes called oval) brush for making circular patterns like the center of the feather.

  8. Are you doing multiple layers for all of the design?

    1. yes, multiple layers, letting dry between each

  9. Excellent!!! I was looking for a post on how to paint on glass and you answered every question! Thank you!

  10. May i use nail-paint for painting on glass? I dont know about kind of paint you used. Can u help? I really want to paint on my glass.

    1. Hi, I posted a photo of the types of paint I used, you can find them in a craft store. Not sure about using nail polish


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