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Introduction to Enamel

Introduction to Enamels is the first in the 4-course Creating Dimension video series that equips you to start painting with enamels on glass. After Introduction to Enamels, the remaining 3 courses take you in-depth into Paul Messink’s techniques to create beautiful, multi-layered thick panels that have incredible depth and dimension.

The Creating Dimension 4 courses include:

After covering some basic information on enamels and medium, Course 1 provides two mixing demos, information on color use and color reactions, a discussion about various tools that you’ll need, how to test for color reactions, and then ends with painting demos for 4 separate projects that can get you started.

Even if you’ve never picked up a paint brush before, any glass artist should find this course accessible. You’ll learn about brush work, but also how to use other tools such as stencils and sponges to ease you into working with enamel on glass. Over the years, Paul has taught hundreds of “non-painters” how to create successful multi-layered projects.

New Techniques

New Techniques

You'll learn new tools and techniques for applying enamel to layers of glass.



Your new skills will prepare you to paint beautiful landscapes on layers of glass.

Mixing Consistencies

We'll cover enamel mixing consistencies in detail. Getting this right will help you in so many ways!

What is Included in This Course?

Course 1 contains a total of 3.5 hours of video instruction, plus an additional 4 hours of demos. To make 7.5 hours of video easy to watch, the course is divided into 12 chapters and a total of 20 different videos, 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 1
  • Chapter 2 - Materials Needed
  • Chapter 3 - Enamel and Medium
  • Chapter 4 - Enamel Mixing Demos
  • Chapter 5 - Color Reactions
  • Chapter 6 - Color Changes During a Project
  • Chapter 7 - A Detailed Review of Tools
  • Chapter 8 - Color Test Charts
  • Chapter 9 - Color Test Chart Demo
  • Chapter 10 - Color Test Chart Exercise
  • Chapter 11 - Painting Demos (4)
  • Chapter 12 - 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 1 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. In addition, two more separate handouts summarize all of the firing schedules, and the materials lists for each project and demo.

You’ll learn so many skills to help you along the way… everything from how to mix enamels to the right consistency, how to apply enamels using brushes and sponges, how to anticipate color changes as you work on your projects, and how to simplify your project using hand-cut stencils. The four hours of painting demos give you the chance to see these techniques on real-world projects. Paul Messink also reviews the tools that he recommends to help you succeed in these projects. 

Complete materials lists are provided. 

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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.

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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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Everything you need to know about mixing and applying enamels to glass.

Course 1 - Introduction to Enamels

This first video covers all topics related to enamels - how to choose an enamel brand, how to mix enamels, how to apply enamels with various tools including brushes and sponges, and how to fire 2-layer enamel projects in a kiln.

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 list.

Course 1 Curriculum

  Chapter 1 & 2 - Introduction to Course 1 (and all Handouts)
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  Chapter 3 - Enamel and Medium
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  Chapter 4 - Enamel Mixing Demos
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  Chapter 5 & 6 - Working with Enamel Colors
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  Chapter 7 - A Detailed Review of Tools
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  Chapter 8, 9, & 10 - Color Test Charts
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  Chapter 11 - Four Painting Demos
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  Chapter 12 - Course 1 Wrapup
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