Let me show you how to stencil on glass in this easy DIY project. It makes great inexpensive art that you can frame for your home decor.
Did you know that you can stencil on glass? Let me show you how to stencil on glass and how to create pretty artwork for your home.
If you have visited Bluesky at Home for a while, you know that I love to create decorative pieces for our home with stencils. Beautifully designed stencils make all the difference in how your finished project will look.
I’ve wanted to create some artwork using Bible verses for our kitchen for a while. When I saw some floating frames used in another type of art project, I thought they would be perfect. Instead of stenciling a design on wood or paper, I would stencil on glass. How to stencil on glass? It’s easy.
How to Stencil on Glass Using a Floating Frame
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You need just a few supplies for this project. It also depends on how many frames you are making.
Supplies for Creating Stencil Art
Flat plastic or vinyl stencils don’t have the depth of design that mesh stencils do. I know because I’ve used both and there is no comparison.
For my stencils, I chose this collection of 6 Bible verses from A Maker’s Studio, which I already had on hand. It’s called Pray More, Stress Less. I cut out the 3 stencils that I wanted to use.
Obviously, you could pick any design and size you like.
I purchased three 8 X 10~inch floating frames. I cannot for the life of me remember where I ordered these, but you can find similar ones at Target.
For my paint medium, I used GelArt Ink in Black ~ Can’t Never Could. Gel Art Ink can be used on fabric and other surfaces. It goes on very smoothly and comes in 13 colors.
- paper or cloth to cover your workspace
- glass cleaner
- painter’s tape
- scissors for cutting your stencils
- ruler for measuring spacing, optional
- double side tape
- small piece of cardboard for offloading the GelArt Ink
- plastic scraper for working the GelArt Ink into the stencil
- paper towels for cleaning hands
- 1 sheet of good quality paper (scrapbook or printer) for each painted stencil on glass
Creating Your Stencil on Glass Art
Step 1 ~ Remove your frame from the packaging.
Step 2 ~ Remove the glass from the frame and clean it with glass cleaner.
Step 3 ~ set aside the BACK piece of glass.
Step 4 ~ After cutting out the stencils that you are going to use, place the stencil on the FRONT piece of glass. Tri~Mesh Stencils from A Makers’ Studio have an adhesive back so you don’t have to use any type of spray adhesive. You can re~position the stencil until you have it placed where you want it.
TIP: If you want, use a ruler to help you measure the placement of the stencil.
Step 5 ~ Once you have the stencil in place, rub it down on the glass until it is smooth and there are no bubbles.
Step 6 ~ If you like, place painter’s tape around the edges of the stencil to give you more room to work and to keep your glass (or any surface) clean of paint.
Step 7 ~ Squeeze out a small amount of GelArt Ink onto the piece of cardboard.
TIP: Replace the cap on the paint so there is no chance of it drying out.
Step 8 ~ Use your plastic scraper to spread the GelArt Ink across the stencil, pushing down as you go. As you scrape the Gel Art Ink into the stencil, you will be able to see the design.
Step 9 ~ Using the corner of the plastic scraper, carefully lift a corner of the stencil up and away from the glass. Check that all the stencil design is showing and then peel away the stencil.
TIP: I keep a small container of water nearby to place the stencil in. You can clean off the stencil by rubbing the GelArt Ink off the surface of the stencil. When it is clean, place the stencil design~side DOWN on a towel.
NOTE: Darker paint may “stain” the stencil but will not keep you from reusing the stencil many times.
Next, repeat the process with the remaining stencils. Allow the painted stenciled glass to sit until the paint is dry, about 30 minutes. Once dry, you can run your finger over the paint.
NOTE: You can also use ChalkArt from A Maker’s Studio for this stencil project. Once it dries, it will be secure. Both the GelArt Ink and the ChalkArt can be removed from the glass with a wet paper towel.
Step 10 ~ Carefully replace the stenciled glass into the frame with the stencil face down.
Step 11 ~ Determine the size of your background piece of paper. My stencils were about 4 X 3 1/2 inches and I cut my paper 5 X 6 inches.
Step 11 ~ On one side of the paper apply a small piece of double~sided tape. Position the piece of paper on the FRONT of the remaining piece of glass. Check to see that the paper is centered on the backside of your stenciled glass.
Step 12 ~ Finally, place the glass in the frame and reassemble the frame.
My frames came with sawtooth hangers and screws, so add those to the back of the frame.
The Finished Stencils in the Floating Frames
You are done! Learning how to stencil on glass is really easy! Now you just have to hang your homemade artwork.
Display the Stencils on Glass
We hung the 3 stencil art frames vertically on the side of one kitchen cabinet. They fill this end of the cabinet beautifully. The words are encouraging. The frames are visually light.
I love how the 3 stencils on glass in the floating frames on the kitchen cabinet act as a frame for this area of our kitchen. They complete the other black and white farmhouse art we already have on this side of the kitchen.
I realize I need to add another stencil sign to my chalkboard.
I made the “Good Food” art using a dishtowel.
The pig is a flea market purchase that I repainted.
I really hope that you will try to stencil on glass. Here’s another possibility ~ use a regular frame you have on hand. I used Metallic Gold ChalkArt for this frame which I have had for a long time.
You can even stencil on a mirror using the exact same steps.
Take a look at my Facebook page for a LIVE Facebook video of me demonstrating how to stencil on glass. Yes, I am sideways at the beginning.