Bakeable Acrylic Paint Guide

bakeable acrylic paint

Acrylic paint is one of the most common, favorite and easy-to-use paint. It is versatile and works perfectly not only with canvas and paper, but also for exterior works, fabric, wood, plastic, rocks, ceramic and glass.

Acrylic paint adhere to any absorbent and porous surface. Acrylic sticks to ceramics and glass, but if you will just let it dry, it will peel off. You need to seal it and use bake method to make sure acrylic will stay on your ceramics.

All acrylics are generally bakeable and can be used to bake a ceramic or glass item in your oven. The best and most safe bakeable acrylic paint are Folk Art Enamel Acrylic paints or Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paints.

Let’s see How to bake acrylic paint on glass or ceramic and what are bakeable paint brands exactly. I will also share with you general information about baking method, so you can see it is easy to try even with your children or for a complete beginner. But what a wonderful gift or decoration you can create in few hours!

Table of content:

  1. Can you bake acrylic paint?
  2. On what surfaces you can use bakeable paint?
  3. The best bakeable paint and 3 alternatives
  4. How to bake paint in the oven

Bakeable acrylic paint

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Can you bake acrylic paint in the oven?

Bake method is the way to keep acrylic paint to the surface permanently as you can wash it and eat or drink from the pieces you’ve made. You bake an item with acrylic paint at temperatures exceeding 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a normal oven in your kitchen.

You do not need any special equipement to bake a ceramic or glass items with bakeable paint! You can make it on your own.

Baking acrylic paint onto clay, glass or ceramic has some advantages:

  • decreases the curing time
  • increases the production rate of painting when dealing with multiple objects, or when dealing with layered coats of differing colors
  • reduces a paint job 
  • allows the acrylic paint to stick permanently to the surface
  • allows to eat or drink from and dishwash the glazed item.

What you can use bakeable paint onto?

Clay or ceramic: plates, mugs, vases, pots, bowl, ring or essense holders, etc.

Glass: plates, wine glasses, vases, jars and glasses, bottles.

Acrylic paint is a versatile medium, open to all your ideas!


Bakeable acrylic paint

All acrylic paint can be bakeable, it does not melt. The important factor to consider is if you want to drink or eat from the thing you paint, choose non-toxic paint! In general, nowadays all artist grade acrylic paint are non-toxic, try to buy not a very cheap one and read carefully the labels.

You can also use any paint recommended for glass or ceramics – enamel paint.

However, there are some bakeable paints that are tested and approved by artists:

  • Arteza Acrylic Paint
  • Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paints
  • Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paints
  • Folk Art Enamel Acrylic paints
Bakeable paintPriceNote
Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paints$7.41 – $138.66Well known and paint of choice for many artists. It is a great paint for painting, but it is a good bakeable acrylic paint too.

Available in individual tubes and sets.
Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic Paints$7.34 – $122.49This paint has increased open working time and offers 7 Cadmium-Free Colors which means they are certified AP non-toxic.

Available in individual tubes and sets.
Acrylic Premium Artist Paint Arteza$21.09Set of 24 tubes (22 ml each). It is a well-known brand, great for beginners. AP Certified Non-Toxic.
Affordable option!
Folk Art Enamel Acrylic paints$45.50Set of 16 bottles (2 oz).
Non-Toxic Formula. This acrylic paint is explicitly made to work with glass and ceramic. Durable, opaque and dishwasher safe.

How to use bakeable acrylic paint?

You can bake acrylic paint on ceramic and glass in oven. It is a safe and easy way to seal and protect the painted item. Baking gives a nice gloss finish to your ceramic or glass piece and is a nice way to make your DIY gift or spend time with family.

What you need to use bakeable acrylic paint:
  • an idea
  • jar of water
  • rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
  • bakeable acrylic paint: Folk Art Enamel Acrylic paints or any other
  • paper towels
  • palette
  • paint brushes: main shapes are round and flat, but the choice is fully on you.
  • a ceramic or glass item you want to paint onto, e.i. a glass or a mug
  • trash bags and tape
  • make sure your oven is working and you know how to set up temperature and if it has its own tricks 😉

Tip: while painting before baking try only to touch one specific area on the item, e.i. a handle if it is a mug, because oils on our skin will alter the results.

First of all, make sure you protect the surface around you, I always use the cheapest way to do it, I cut and tape trash bag on the floor or table.

Get a jar of water to keep your brushes clean.

If you don’t feel confident, print or open on your phone / laptop a reference: a photo or a pinterest image you want to paint.

Using rubbing alcohol, clean the item from all dust and oils and do not touch it all over surface again! The paint will not stick to areas with skin oils on it.

Prepare paint you want to use, a palette to mix colors. Use a little bit of paint because acrylics are fast-drying. Mix in different sections tints you will need.

Paint in layers, don’t apply thick layers and do not add to much water to paint. Clean brushes in between with water and towels, the brush should be almost dry, because water destroy both acrylic and enamel paint.

Let all layers dry while you’re painting.

Once you’ve done, clean your brushes immediately and let them and your painting fully dried before you will bake it.

How to bake bakeable acrylic paint

After you paint your ceramic piece and allow it to dry, you can bake it, Bake method helps you seal the paint and protect the item.

Total Time: 4 hours

Allow to dry

Once you finished painting, leave a painted piece for 24hrs to dry.

Place your item in a cool oven

Please, make sure you place your painted pieces in a COOL OVEN! Glass or ceramic should heat gradually, otherwise they will crack and break.

Bake

Set the oven temperature to 350ºF, allow the oven to come to temperature for about 10 minutes and bake for 30 minutes.

Let it cool down

Turn off the oven and let the piece cool down INSIDE the oven for about 45 min. Do not open the oven until then!

Let it sit

Wait about 72 hrs before using the item. It will help the painted item to strengthen and cool down completely.

You can also use a clear sealant, like Krylon spray sealent, to add glossy finish and prevent the acrylic paint from cracking. If you don’t want to use this item for food or drink, wash it thoroughly or scrub, you can only spray it, but some ceramics and glass will still need to be baked. I would rather spend some hours to bake an item to make sure I will not ruin it later.

If you use only spray it is also not really safe to use this plate or mug with food. Please, choose non-toxic bakeable paint.

How to bake acrylic paint on glass

First of all, please note, that technically acrylic paint will not stick to glass because it is a non absorbent surface. You need to prime it to make sure the acrylic paint will adhere to it.

Baking method works perfectly for glass too, you can follow the same steps as for baking paint on ceramics:

  • let the painted item dry for 24 hours
  • place it in a cool oven
  • set the temperature 350F, bake the item for 30 minutes
  • do not open the oven, turn it off and wait until it is completely cool (about 45 minutes – 1 hours, depends on your oven)
  • leave the piece for extra 72 hours. When you take the glass out of the oven, place it only on the dry surface. Any liquids will cause shattering.
  • use it and enjoy your DIY project!

It is also important, that if you need a glossy look to you glass item you can use a varnish after it is baked and cool down.

  • dilute a varnish with water
  • apply it in one even layer with a synthetic brush. Use a separate brush which you do not use for painting.
  • let it dry completely for 24 hrs.

Note: you can not bake Pyrex, only standard glass.


Need an inspiration to use bakeable acrylic paint and bake your favorite mug? Check this video, easy-to-go guide about baking acrylic paint: