Colorful Airbrushed Glass Plates

Learn how to spread bright, primary colors onto glass plates to create an abstract airbrushed design fit for decoration or food.
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Artist Judy Schieck demonstrates step-by-step instructions to airbrush a watercolor-inspired design on glass plates. All plates are painted from the back so they can be used for food if desired. This design is abstract, but any realistic subject could be applied.

Note: This plate is not dishwasher safe. Always wash by hand.

Materials Needed:

  • Pebeo glass paint: gold, white
  • Badger 145-Anthem airbrush and hose or single-action airbrush
  • Badger 180-11 Compress or Badger Propel (canned air)
  • Jacquard Pinata Paint (alcohol-base): Baha blue, magenta, dark blue
  • clear glass plate
  • Badgers Dabbers
  • rubbing alcohol
  • potter's wheel or lazy Susan

Step 1

Squeeze alcohol paint onto the back of the plate in a diagonal fashion. More than one color can be used and colors can be placed side by side or overlapping.

Step 2

Immediately spray the wet paint in different directions. This causes the paint to "spider out" and creates very interesting designs and textures.

Step 3

Using a dabber dipped in the same color used with the airbrush, create circles or shapes by dabbing along the sprayed areas. You can do this even after the paint is dry. The new dabbed on paint repels the existing paint and creates interesting textures. Experiment with this technique: How much you dabble depends on the amount of interest you want to create.

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Step 4

When the center design is finished, begin painting the edges of the plate by applying small amounts of color along the edge and quickly spraying the paint toward the center of the plate. Repeat until the entire rim of the plate is finished. This produces a delicate flared pattern around the plate's edge.

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Step 5

Attach the gold paint to the airbrush. Spray behind the middle and edge of the plate with the gold. The gold should not extend more than 1/4 inch beyond the design.

Step 6

When dry, spray the entire back of the plate with white. Or, spray the whole back with gold for an elegant look. Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

Let the paint cure and dry for 24 hours. Bake in your oven at 300 degrees F for 30 minutes.

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