Inspired by Kandinsky’s “Yellow, Red and Blue”
The first thing is to do is make sure you are prepared to work safely and in an organized way.
1) Recycle a light plastic folder and use it as a base for the painting.
2) Use specific glass colours.
3) Do not forget to use protective gloves.
4) Keep some nail polish remover on your table with some cotton wool to clean yourself and your mistakes in the painting (I also used cotton buds for detailing).
5) Work in a room where you are sure you can leave the window open for a good few hours, even an entire day – the colours smell and can be toxic.
Now it is time to start!
The initial step is to draw carefully a draft of your work on paper.
Remember that the draft must be the mirror image of what you want as a final result, because the image will be transferred from one surface to another.
This can be laid behind the light plastic folder so that it is easier to draw the contours of the image with the black ink.
The black ink works as a ‘wall’ to contain the colours so make sure you do not leave any gaps between the black ink and the plastic surface.
Once the black ink has dried (this might take a very long time, at least a few hours, depending on the ink you are using), then you can start filling in the spaces with the chosen colours. These colours ‘flood’: they behave like liquids, so no matter how much colour you use, they go to fill all gaps on their own. Depending on how transparent you want the colour to be, you will use more or less.
At this stage, it is necessary to let the ink and the colours dry properly for at least one full night.
When you are sure that the image is entirely dry, it is time to transfer it to the mirror or glass surface that you want to decorate.
This is a very delicate stage, as the image could tear itself and parts of it could fall off or not transfer to the desired surface – as it happened to myself! I found that the image was sticking very well in the coloured areas, but not as much on the black ink. Overall, it peeled off the plastic very easily and the harder thing was to make sure it all stayed in one piece once it had been transferred.
Another important point is that once you have transferred it from the plastic, the image of course will be the reflection of what you have planned and painted: make sure you realise this beforehand otherwise you will be very disappointed!
I used cotton buds with nail polish remover to clean the mirror in the corners where the colour had blotched or stained.