How To Make Sure Your Paint and Brushes Are Perfect For A Morning’s Work

The vital first 10 minutes

When you’ve limited time, it’s natural some people want to rush in and get started with their painting.

This never works.

Anyway, done correctly, it takes less than 10 minutes to get your glass paint into perfect form.

Let me show you what I mean. It’s all here in a quick video.

Restoring dried paint – what you must do

So here’s a demonstration of what I do each morning.

I filmed this one Monday, using paint I’d last used the previous Friday.

Also I’m explaining things.

That’s why this film is actually longer than you can do it in when you know how.

Talking hands

I make an appearance at the start and end.

Apart from that, it’s just my voice and hands.

I was actually talking to a student who flew in to study with us for a week last Fall.

Anyway, just watch my hands and listen to the tips I list.

Two last things

One. If you teach glass painting, this film is also great for students because they can watch it in-between class to prepare for the next time they’re with you.

Two. I know how you can’t wait to get started but do give the film the time it needs to load.

How to restore and test your paint, and also get your brushes just right for work


(The music is from incomptech.)

Got questions?

Leave a comment below and I’ll reply.

P.S. If you learn well by watching, then go ‘behind the scenes’ on three real-life glass painting projects: click here and find out more.

 

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8 thoughts on “How To Make Sure Your Paint and Brushes Are Perfect For A Morning’s Work

  1. Dear Stephen,

    Great work, I loved this video also loved the new look of the website. I have small question a way from stained glass painting; did you use the GoPro camera to film this video or Dived shot the film?

    All the best now and always, regards to every one.
    Yours
    Hassan

    • So, a different kind of technical question – great: I’m glad you’re interested.

      Well, I used my iPhone to shoot the video and record the live audio.

      Then ScreenFlow to edit it and publish it.

      Anyone who’s interested in this method: there’s a great course on using the iPhone for business filming right here.

      And a brilliant guide to ScreenFlow over here. ScreenFlow is brilliant.

      And both these courses are excellent – lots of step-by-step demonstrations.

      I hope all’s well with you and yours, Hassan.

      Best,
      Stephen

    • Hello Franklin,

      David uses a small bowl whose water he changes every morning. I myself use a jar (as you’ve seen) and I just top mine up each morning (and only change it every week or so).

      For both of us, crystal-clean water isn’t necessary: it must just be possible to give the brush a good rinse when needed, or to add more water to the palette (so it doesn’t matter if it’s got paint in it).

      Best,
      Stephen

  2. What a great video! So helpful to see you actually doing the things I’ve read about in your e-book. I continue practicing those things: thanks so much!

    Best regards,
    Candida