All About How to Paint Glass Objects – a new video!

I’m happy to tell you that I’ve posted another pastel demo video on YouTube. Yay! This time, it’s about how to paint glass. Have a look and let me know what you think!


video - how to paint glass objects
Click image to see the demo – how to paint glass


To begin, I did a small thumbnail sketch to sort out my three main values and to decide if the composition worked. I think it does.

Thumbnail of glass bottles
Thumbnail of glass bottles to confirm set-up for video on how to paint glass


I totally forgot to take a photo of the set-up in colour but I did take one in black and white. As I look at this photo, it seems much more extreme in the value range than what I saw when I painted it. Notably, the dark paper seems a lot darker than it was in life.

How to paint glass set-up in black and white
‘How to paint glass’ set-up in black and white


When you are painting glass (or anything!!), look look look!! And take the time to see. See the shapes created, try and divide the whole into three values, and take time.


Here are the pastels I used.

The Unison set of pastels I chose from to make the video, how to paint glass
The Unison set of pastels I chose from to make the video, How to Paint Glass Objects. Aren’t they gorgeous???


And here is the final pastel:

"Two Bottles," pastel,5 .5 x 5.5 in
Gail Sibley, “Two Bottles,” pastel, 5.5 x 5.5 in


I’d love to hear from you. Don’t be shy, tell me what you think – good, bad, ugly! Do you have questions? Let me know in the comments.


Until next time,

~ Gail



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6 thoughts on “All About How to Paint Glass Objects – a new video!”

  1. Hi Gail,
    I love your rendition of the glass bottles. As a pastel artist, my works have always been smooth and detailed. Usually I do portraits; occasionally scenery, on velour paper. (Dating back to my early days doing portraits at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park California) How do you achieve that great rough look?
    Thanks, Evy Diamond.

    1. Hi Evy,
      Thank you for your compliment 🙂

      I think the rough look comes from using sanded paper. That’s all I can think. Also, I don’t work towards a smooth finish. Does that help?? Please let me know.


  2. A great piece of work! Have never considered how difficult a job it might be then you make it all look so easy. The end result is outstanding. S.

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