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Painting Guide to Multi-Layered Panels

Learn to improve your artistry in this third course of the 4-course Creating Dimension video series.

The Creating Dimension 4 courses include:

Course 3 will teach you to create glass panels with incredible depth and dimension. In over 11 hours of video content, you’ll take a deep dive into how Paul creates these panels, covering painting techniques, how to paint realistic landscapes, and how to maximize the feeling of depth and dimension in your multi-layered panels. He goes into more depth on the topics of image selection, how to divide your images into layers, and where to find images. He also includes painting and composition tips, how to display your work effectively, and how to deal with repairs and coldwork.

This course includes over 5 hours of painting demos. You’ll also improve the look of your own projects by his own examples, as he decomposes 10 different example pieces, showing you exactly how he divided the layers, and discussing the specific challenges in each piece and how he solved them.

Painting Secrets

Through extensive demos, learn how to paint common landscape elements including trees, lakes and oceans, clouds, and gorgeous, colorful sunsets.

Dive Deep on Images

Learn the secrets of how to select images, and divide them effectively into layers to create depth.

Composition Tips

Your work will improve as you learn how simple composition tips can be applied to your own landscapes

What is Included in the Course?

Course 3 contains over 11 hours of video content, fairly evenly divided between instruction and demos. To make this much video easy to watch, the course is divided into 18 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 3
  • Chapter 2 – Tividale Park – A Time Lapse Video
  • Chapter 3 – Painting Technique Demos
  • Chapter 4 – Sunset, Cloud, and Water Demos
  • Chapter 5 – Ground Lines, and Grounding Your Objects
  • Chapter 6 – Process Images, Part 1
  • Chapter 7 – Managing Your Layers
  • Chapter 8 – Creating Dimension
  • Chapter 9 – Image Selection, Revisited
  • Chapter 10 – Dividing Images Into Layers
  • Chapter 11 - Process Images, Part 2
  • Chapter 12 – Where and How to Find Images
  • Chapter 13 – Painting and Composition Tips
  • Chapter 14 – Putting It All Together
  • Chapter 15 – Displaying Your Work
  • Chapter 16 – Coldwork and Repairs
  • Chapter 17 - Process Images, Part 3
  • Chapter 18 - Course 3 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 3 also comes with an extensive set of handouts, including roughly 100 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.

Raise your artistry to a new level, while painting beautiful multi-layered panels that dazzle the eye, and which invite new buyers to purchase your work.

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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  Chapters 1 & 2 - Introduction to Course 3 (And All Handouts)
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  Chapters 3 to 5 - Painting Demos and Discussions
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  Chapters 6 to 11 - Depth and Dimension, Going Deeper into Images Selection and Layer Division
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  Chapters 12 to 17 - Finding Images, Painting and Composition, Display, Coldwork, and Repairs
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  Course 3 Wrapup
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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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This course covers a wide range of painting topics, from painting techniques and demos, composition tips, where to look for reference images, and many more.

This course covers everything you'll want to know about painting on glass, using brushes, sponges, palette knives, and other tools.

In course 3 we'll discuss these topics:

  • painting with a brush
  • painting with sponges
  • painting with palette knives & other tools
  • painting a graduated wash of color
  • adding visual texture and detail
  • how to paint skies and clouds
  • how to paint sunsets
  • how to paint water and waves
  • more about stencils
  • finding images
  • dividing images into layers
  • composition tips
  • coldwork and repairs
  • and many more

Course 3 will improve your painting skills, so you can create beautiful landscapes, colorful graphic art, and abstract artwork with enamel on glass.

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.