A glass painting allows you to explore color, composition, and perspective under controlled conditions. In addition to making this a rewarding endeavor, these skills can also be transferred to any form of art, from photography to collage.

Tape the printout to your reference image for a 3D glass painting. You can use black paint pens to outline your foreground painting after you have completed the details. You will then attach the background image to the frame using Mod Podge after sealing it with it.

We will show you the different techniques you can use to create 3D glass paintings.


1. Preparation of the reference image

Your reference should be printed on a larger piece of paper than your frame. Secure the glass with tape. Your next layer should fit in the foreground image if you mark the edges.

2. A glass pane is being worked on in the foreground

First add fine-point details to the glass painting before adding more colors to the back. 

3. Use paint pens to outline the picture

Your drawing should be outlined with paint pens. Before you work on the next layer for your anime painting, you should add two layers of black paint pen.

4. Do some background work

Your reference image should be taped to your background glass. Slide the second glass into the markers you created earlier.

If you want to add a background, you can use a regular paintbrush or an airbrush. Here, the artist airbrushed the foreground image to create a halo effect.

5. Add a Mod Podge sealant to your painting

Seal the background image with Mod Podge by applying two or more layers. Wait for each layer of Mod Podge to dry before adding a new one.

6. Putting the frame together

Start by assembling the foreground image. Hot glue it so that it does not wobble.

The background image should be placed over the foreground image, then the hot glue sealing should be done.




Using multiple layers of glass, you can create lighted 3D glass paintings. Choose an artwork frame that adds depth. Your frame will allow you to place your artwork in the extra space. Fairy lights or LEDs are good options for lighting. It’s possible to explore the art world and bring your imagination to life through the right tools.


  1. Your reference image should be separated into layers, then printed separately.
  2. The glass should be taped to the reference image.
  3. To outline the picture, fill a needle-tip glue applicator with black acrylic paint.
  4. Use a thin paintbrush to fill in the outline. Continue with the following glass panes.
  5. Glue the shadow box to the wooden frame and assemble the frame. 
  6. To protect the painting from dust and moisture, place a glass pane at the bottom of the frame.
  7. The protective glass should be separated from the glass painting by clear cabinet bumpers.
  8. Add the colored acrylic pane to the back of the glass painting after it is laid over the foreground painting.
  9. LED strips should be positioned around the frame.
  10. For more reflection, add a silver cardstock layer, followed by the regular backing. Powered your LED light and admire the results.



As you aren’t able to see the whole image until you have layered everything together, this technique is more challenging than the usual glass painting. 

The glass should be positioned with the same distance you want in the framing process. It will not work otherwise. Improve your 3D glass art by getting feedback from artists or art critics you respect.


  1. Use paper towels and rubbing alcohol to clean the glass panes.
  2. Under the first pane of glass, place a sheet of clean paper. Draw the details on the paper.
  3. Place a wooden block at the top and bottom of the first glass layer, then place the second glass layer on top. To keep the painting level, make sure the wooden blocks are the same height.
  4. Describe the second pane of glass in more detail.
  5. For the remaining glass panes, repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. The wooden frame for the glass painting can hold the panes, or the glass frame can hold your artwork.
  7. The 1st layer should be positioned at the lowest point of the frame (if assembled horizontally) or at the back of the frame (if assembled vertically).



Glass painting can also be done on acrylic perspex sheeting, which is much stronger than glass. You may need to put extra effort into this artwork to create images that will wow every customer you get. 

As you become more proficient with your art, you can build a website to sell it online. The number of commissioned art requests you will receive in your inbox will surprise you


  1. Make sure your acrylic Perspex is cut to the size you desire.
  2. Prepare your reference image by drawing or printing it. This particular example shows how the artist outlined the image by drawing and cutting it.
  3. Using the cut-out drawing for the outline, draw the first layer on Perspex. Dry it.
  4. To prevent the acrylic from moving, place the second piece of Perspex over the first. Make the painting more detailed. Allow to dry.
  5. The third acrylic Perspex should be applied in the same manner as the other two.
  6. Depending on the framing you intend to use, cut the pieces to the proper size. Start with the 1st Perspex sheet, followed by the 2nd and 3rd sheets, and then assemble.



Spray paint and stencils cut from a reference image are used for this technique. Choose simple images for best results. 

If you are looking for inspiration, visit a website that features glass painters or visit a website that offers free vector graphics.


  1. Use rubbing alcohol to clean your glass panes. Wipe them down with a paper towel after spraying them with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Your reference image should be printed according to the number of layers you wish to utilize.
  3. Use a craft knife to cut out the images. Label them according to which layer they belong.
  4. Then, saturate the stencil with paint and apply the first layer. Allow to dry.
  5. Apply the appropriate image to the second layer, spray it, and let it dry.
  6. The next layer should be done in a similar fashion.
  7. Assemble your paintings by laying each one on top of the other, starting with your first layer and working your way down to the last.


You can draw attention to your business with 3D glass painting. The purpose of this article was to assist you in creating your own glass painting. 

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