How to paint the glass? Or how to make a vase glass? 

art lesson, how to paint a glass

I would like to offer to your attention a short and informative art lesson which will help you draw and paint the objects made of glass in future. Today we are going to understand what special things we should know when painting a glass or a glass vase, for example. We will learn how to fill this vase with water and then how to add the flower stems.

You will learn the simplest rules explaining how to paint the glass from this article and the short free art lesson video. Perhaps, after watching this video you will be able to paint a vase with your favorite flowers with the help of paints, pastel or pencils.
So let`s start our free art lesson online:

The color of glass

Naturally, the glass can be of various colors and shades, but we are going to begin with the transparent and colorless glass in order not to get into a muddle.
The glass is transparent and thus it gains on the color of environment.
If a glass stands on the blue background, the base will also be blue with any technique used (oil, acryl, pencil or gouache). And if to be more precise, it will be a bit darker than the background – than the color of environment.

Examples color of glass

E. Kyrylchuk "Flowers in vase"

Blue vase on the blue background

 Glass Vase 17th century

Color of glass=color of background (Alexander Adriaenssen 17th century)

How to make a nontransparent vessel glass?

If to speak simple language without delving into physics and discussions about high art, there are several simple things which should be understood and used:

 You need to determine the source of light?

If we know where the light comes from, we can determine where the peck should be painted. Draw a deemed beam from the source of light. The brightest speck should be drawn in the place where the beam touches the glass.
If the vessel has a convex or curved shape, the speck can repeat its shape or split into several bright dots or bars.

The speck is on the dark side of an object since here the light has touched the object but has not managed to dissipate yet.

Examples source of light


art lesson, how to draw a glass

How to paint the glass? Where to put a speck?

overtone, how to draw a glass

How to paint the glass? Overtone

How to draw a glass, art lesson

How to paint the glass? Where to put a speck?

yow to draw a glass, art lesson

How to paint the glass? Where to put a speck?


The overtone from the speck

Now we are coming to the second stage of our drawing and painting lesson – the overtone from the speck. Since the glass is transparent, the light will pass through, dissipate a little and strike the opposite side of the glass object. If we extend this beam further and stop on the other side of a vessel, the overtone will be formed exactly there. Unlike the speck, the overtone will be a big light spot of diffused light.

The overtone by any means should not overshadow the speck. The overtone is much less intensive than the speck and is much bigger in its size.

Overtone examples


Hoe to draw, how to paint glass

How to draw a glass, overtone

overtone, glass, how to draw

How to draw a glass, overtone

overtone on glass, how to draw

How to draw a glass, overtone


The overtones from the external environment

If there are several colored objects round our glass, they should be reflected in it to a greater or lesser extent. You can decide for yourself how bright the reflection will be drawn.

If there are the flowers with green stems in the vase, certainly these green stems will be somehow reflected in the thickness of the glass.

Overtones  examples

how to draw a glass, art lesson

Yellow, orange, greenish reflexes on the glass surface

The glass has its thickness and shape

This means that both specks and overtones will repeat this shape. Also they will linger a bit in this thickness.
It should be noted that the bottom and curves of glass object are usually thicker.

And this means that the shadow and light will be more intensive or denser in these places. If the glass is colored, the intensity of its color will be higher on the curves and the bottom.

How to draw a glass, art lesson

Thickness of the glass — the darker bar. The speck repeats the shape of vase

How to draw a glass, art lesson

How to paint the glass? Overtone and speck

Let`s watch a short free painting lesson video

and paint the glass vase together 🙂

It should be noted that it is better to paint the glass from nature because the photos usually feature too many specks or too laboratory conditions that almost never happen in nature.

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