Painting on glass with Gesso and Rit dye, another experiment

I swear, lately, my kitchen looks like a Science lab

for crafters that is.

Today, I am sharing painting on Glass with Gesso and Rit dye

my first experiment with such.

You know my last three experiments with Rit dye and Mod podge went well….so well, 

that you will be seeing a lot more from me.

Rit has asked me to create more for them:)

I am pretty excited about that.

Painting a vase with Mod podge and rit dye

Painting candle sticks with mod podge and rit dye

Faux staining a window with Mod podge and rit dye

In fact, in my science lab, I recently discovered something new with Rit and Modge…

I will share that in my next post. I will not divulge my secrets just yet to my concoction.

Remember, it has been an experiment, in which now I think I have mastered the formula


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Gesso… What else I am experimenting with.


I have seen it used many times by my blogging friend Rosemary

from Villabarnes.

This is what I researched about it to share with you the history of:

Gesso is an important art supply to get your canvas ready for painting. You can buy gesso readymade from any art supply shop. {I bought mine at Walmart where the Mod podge was sold}. Gesso is very similar to white acrylic paint, only thinner. It dries hard, making the surface more stiff. Gesso prepares (or “primes”) the surface for painting, making the surface slightly textured and ready to accept acrylic paint. Without gesso, the paint would soak into the weave of the canvas.

The word gesso is a noun, but many artists also use it as a verb. For example: “You need to gesso your canvas before you paint.”

The beauty of gesso is that you can apply it to nearly any surface, and then you can paint on that surface with acrylic paint. For example, you can apply a layer or two of gesso to vinyl records, rubber duckies, or cigar boxes, and voila – you can now paint on that object with acrylics!

What fun.

The possibilities are endless!

Notice, they never mention glass?

{All info was found on Art is fun}

Painting on glass with gesso and rit dye

I am trying it on glass as you see.

Here is a step by step:

It was easy, really easy!

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Paint your glass with Gesso first and let dry for about 30-45 minutes.

It takes longer on glass.

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I added a little texture by simply patting the glass lightly with my artist brush.

This of course was before it dried.

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Now the fun part.

I painted on the vase with  Evening blue Rit dye.

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I just added a little bit to a measuring cup, dipped my brush and started painting.

I started at the top, because I wanted it to drip down slightly to add a cooler effect

I use a garbage bag under my surface that way I do not

get a mess all over our kitchen table.

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Here you can see all the variations of texture between the brush, and the dripping.

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To touch, it actually has a rougher texture, almost like gritty and sandy,

slightly though.

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Of course a little embellishing

and bam

you’re done.

I bought the vase at Walmart for a few bucks.

hard to believe that was just a plain ole clear vase right?

The Gesso was not expensive either and I will use it for a ton more projects.

LOVE it!

and what I learned today about Gesso…you can paint on top of it with Rit dye!

Not only acrylics on glass that is:)

Painting on glass with Gesso and Rit dye experiment #1

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  1. says

    Awesome, Debbie! I’ve always wanted to try using Gesso! I predict even more huge things for you, lady!! Your experimenting is awesome!!!~~Angela

  2. says

    Thanks for the shout out Debbie. Now you know why I love working with gesso. Love the color you used, and, congrats again on working with Rit. xoxoRosemary

  3. Judith Polcari says

    Good idea, Debbie….You are always thinking…Using dye could be messy, but you make it look OK to use…….

  4. says

    Love it Debbie! You’re so creative! I was thinking today that it was over 4 years ago that I started blogging and you were my first comment…I’ll never forget how sweet and supportive you were. My blog is still super tiny but I appreciate that you still take time out to visit me:) Big hugs and I hope your precious boys are doing well!

  5. says

    Wow ! This vase looks great !! So much texture and character ! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I am inspired ! Have to give it a go !

  6. Barbara Medeiros says

    Is this washable? when you do the mod podge do you use the outdoor to make it water resistant? Love the idea just wondering how it stands up if water runs down it when filling?


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