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5 Ways to Letter on Glass and Acrylic

Missy Briggs

Guide to hand lettering on glass and acrylic

It’s always wedding season! And one of my most-requested items are place cards and seating charts. Trendy mirrors and acrylic panels are gorgeous but have you ever wondered, “how do you write on acrylic?!”

If you’ve wondered to yourself, or aloud, just how do you write on glass, then you’re not alone. I’ve tried several different methods for you here:

How to write on acrylic . Five easy ways to add calligraphy on glass.

How to write on acrylic . Five easy ways to add calligraphy on glass.

The best way to get a seating chart or place card in order may not be with your calligrapher. Check out these five techniques and see if you can try it on your own!

MATERIALS:

Acrylic or glass
Acrylic Paint
Round Paintbrush
Chalk Markers
Acrylic Paint Markers
Adhesive Vinyl
Heat Press Vinyl

Paint and paintbrush

To add your own calligraphy to an acrylic escort card, first gather a couple supplies. Using a number one or number two round brush, try painting directly onto the glass. This may take a steady hand and some practice hand lettering, but the brush strokes left behind leave an indelible impression that this was handmade!

These brushes from The Pigeon Letters are a favorite.  Check them out!

These brushes from The Pigeon Letters are a favorite. Check them out!

TIPS: In this photo, I’ve used Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White, but you will get best results with acrylic paint. Use acrylic paint, mixed with fluid or pouring medium to get it to flow smoothly off your brush



Chalk marker

Using a chalk marker is a quick and effective means of getting the job done. The finished result will remain intact unless wiped with some pressure.

PRO: Can be cleaned off with just water.

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Acrylic paint marker

Acrylic paint markers come in a variety of sizes to easily accommodate the longest names and other details like table numbers. This medium is permanent, but can be removed with window cleaner and a little bit of work.

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Adhesive vinyl

Adhesive vinyl will sit on top of your glass or acrylic like it ‘s been embossed. Definitely a professional finish!

PRO: Design and cut many lines of text in advance and use a font for any style you can imagine.

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Iron-on vinyl

Heat press vinyl is another professional finish that will impress. Glitter vinyl looks like it has been melted seamlessly into the surface.

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