Technique of Reverse Painting on Glass
Let me begin by saying that I have never taken classes for reverse painting on glass.
But I have taken several classes, from various teachers in oil painting, and I ve studied reverse painting on glass for many years, so this is what I have come up with.
I work in oils. That was what I began painting with, and returned to the few times I played around with acrylics and water paint. My credentials are limited.
Reverse painting on glass is an ancient form of art, developed in the far east. It has been done for thousands of years. Unlike traditional painting, where the background is laid in place first, the subject of the painting going in afterward, in reverse glass painting, the last thing that entered into the painting are, is painted in first
In most, but not all cases, that would be the subject of the painting. The exception to this might be a shadow, or maybe a reflected image, such as sunlight playing off an eye. A mirrored image, such as would be found on the surface of water might also be an exception.
Many of my paintings are begun by using skewer sticks used for grilling because the detail is very fine. After these details are in the painting and dried, I progress to a no. 5 round brush. This has a very fine tip also, but slightly larger as well as being flexible.
By the time I finish a painting, it may well be by Painting with a natural sea sponge. It depends on what kind of ‘feel’ needed for the back ground of the reverse painting on glass.