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Complete Multi-Layer Panel Process

Introduction to Enamels is the first in the 4-course Creating Dimension video series.

The list of all 4 courses include:
  • Course 1 - Introduction to Enamel
  • Course 2 - Complete Multi-Layer Process
  • Course 3 - Painting Guide to Multi-Layered Panels
  • Course 4 - Bubble Control and Fog

In Course 2 you begin learning how to create beautiful, multi-layered glass panels. Paul teaches you every aspect of the process to create thick panels - how to begin dividing images into layers, managing the painting process on multiple layers, stacking the layers in the kiln, damming them properly to avoid problems, and full details on firing schedules for thick work. You'll also learn how to minimize or even eliminate cold work in thick panels.  

Three complete painting demos show you how to deconstruct simple images and paint the individual layers (this information continues in more depth in Course 3). Plus in a time lapse video, Paul paints one of his 9 layer production prices from start to finish.

Course 2 includes downloadable PDFs of each project, so you can complete these on your own. The course content is extensive - with 7 1/2 hours of video content and over 70 pages of handouts, including complete firing schedules for various thicknesses. 


Dividing Images

 Learn how to visualize and divide your images in multiple layers

Painting the Layers

Understand how to paint on layers to create a complete image.

Stacking & Damming

This is the most critical process - learn how to assemble and dam your layers and avoid common pitfalls.

What is Included in This Course?

Course 1 contains a total of 7 hours of video content, fairly evenly divided between instruction and demos. To make this much video easy to watch, the course is divided into 13 chapters, so you can watch exactly what you need, at the time you need it. The videos never expire, so you can watch them over and over. Here is how the course is organized:

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction to Course 2
  • Chapter 2 - Background and Context
  • Chapter 3 - Layered Image Examples - Deconstructed
  • Chapter 4 - The Multi-Layered Process - Part 1
  • Chapter 5 - Matisse Demo 1
  • Chapter 6 - Matisse Demo 2
  • Chapter 6 - Color Changes During a Project
  • Chapter 7 - Tips for Your Matisse Exercise
  • Chapter 8 - Dams
  • Chapter 9 - The Multi-Layered Process - Part 2
  • Chapter 10 - Firing Schedules
  • Chapter 11 - Multi-Layered Mountain Scene Demo
  • Chapter 12 - Time Lapse Video - A Complete Production Piece
  • Chapter 13 - Course 2 Wrapup


Each of the demos have been recorded with multiple camera angles, so you can watch them from an overhead view as well as a side view. (With these close-up camera views, you’ll be closer to the action than you can get in a live course!)

Course 2 also comes with an extensive set of handouts, including over 70 pages of information that give you all the most important information in written form. Two separate handouts summarize all of the firing schedules, and the materials lists for each project and demo.

This course gives you all the knowledge you need to begin making multi-layered panels. With this course, you'll understand all of the process and assembly parts, plus how to avoid the common pitfalls that could otherwise ruin your projects. A detailed discussion of firing schedules cover 6, 9, and 12 layer projects.

Note: With the understanding you receive of how to paint, stack, dam, and fire thick panels, you'll be prepared for Course 3, which focuses on the artistry of these panels, including additional information on image selection, more detail on dividing images into layers, and a wide variety of painting techniques to help you create stunning panels of your own.


Complete materials lists are provided. 

And easy-to-follow purchasing

> Instructions & Materials List Here


Upcoming Course Release dates

Course 1: Introduction To Enamels

Course 2: Complete Multi-Layer Panel Process

Course 3: Painting Guide to Multi-Layered Panels (Available: June 2021)

Course 4: Bubble Control and Fog (Available: July 2021)


Your Instructor

Hi, I’m Paul Messink

I've worked with glass for 18 years, and have been teaching my layered painting technique for 8 years. My Creating Dimension video series gives you every bit of knowledge you'll need to paint and fire your own beautiful panels - I hold nothing back!

In late 2020 I began improving and reorganizing the original video series. My completely new and revamped video series comes out in 2021.

My 4-part series include extensive video lectures and recorded demos, along with detailed, downloadable, industry-best handouts that include firing schedules. These materials never expire! I'm so proud to bring you this incredible course that continues to receive 5-star ratings for excellence.


For materials or tools you need, head over to

 CoachellaGlassworks.com






Example Curriculum

  Chapters 1 & 2 - Introduction to Course 2 (And All Handouts)
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  Chapters 3 to 7 - The Multi-Layered Process, Part 1, and Matisse Demos
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  Chapters 8 to 10 - The Multi-Layered Process, Part 2
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  Course 2 Extras
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  Course 2 Wrapup
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  Sneak peek at Course 4 lectures
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Artist Reviews

"Paul is an outstanding teacher and I learned so much about working with enamels and glass to create beautiful scenic creations. I ended up purchasing all of his online classes. I am grateful that he decided to do an online class for people who cannot be there in person." - Melissa C.


"Worth every penny! If you want to take the next step beyond plates and bowls, this series will open the door and challenge you to do more." - Albert H.


"Such great information presented in a step by step manner that is easy to follow. Now I'm able to create pieces I never dared to attempt before. AND I can go back an listen to the information again and again to be sure I'm doing each step correctly. Well worth the price!" - Jackie

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Creating Dimension - Course 2 Purchase

This course covers the entire multi-layered process, from preparation, painting, prefiring, and final firing.

This course covers the multi-layered process in detail, using a simple Matisse drawing as your first multi-layered project.


In course 2 you'll learn these skills:

  • how to pick images
  • how to separate an image into multiple layers
  • how to create a stencil (if desired)
  • how to apply enamel using a stencil
  • how to prefire your layers
  • how to clean, stack, and fire the final project
  • troubleshooting tips


In course 2 you'll learn everything about the PROCESS involved, and in course 3 you'll learn even more about PAINTING your projects.


As in all courses in this series, you'll have access to all of the video lessons and demos, extensive handouts (which are almost an e-book by itself), firing schedules, and materials lists.