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Thursday, February 19, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Icons with Gallery Glass

Some holidays have a plethora of icons for Gallery Glass Clings and framed art while others have very few. St. Patrck's Day is one with only a few!

Here you will see some of the most popular subjects. Rainbows are often seen with pots of gold and Leprechans befitting the occasion, and Clover has a broad usage. Let's look at the Rainbow, first. The project on the left is very simple and makes a good project for a group. Outlined on the 8"x10" styrene blank, it is quick and easy to lead, as well as to paint. Kids will love this design. You can us Gold Spakle or Gold Glitter for he contents of the pot, so that you won't have to outline individual coins.

The round rainbow with the Leprechan's face is more elaborate and takes longer---both to lead and to paint. The face is round and chaming and I really like his hat with the band and buckle. The sprigs of clover add to the spirit of the holiday. Speaking of rainbows, in case you haven't noticed, red is always at the top of the rainbow and most have at least 6 stripes. You don't have to follow this recommendation, but the kids will correct you--they learn this rule in kindergarten coloring class.

The next icon that is very recognizable for St. Patrick's Day is CLOVER--3 leaf or 4, depending on the design. I think that either one is acceptable, but you let me know if that is not the case.
My favorite seasonal "green" motif is the Clover Wreath--it's versatility will amaze you. Shown here in all greens, it is fresh and vibrant--a fitting tribute to Spring. I used Kelly Green, Lime Green and Ivy Green, but you can also use some of the green glitters to give it more sizzle, such as the 2 oz. Extreme Glitters--2789 Peridot and 2794 Emerald.

The Clover Wreath makes a good Gallery Glass Color Chart. Many people don't know how to mix colors so it makes sense to arrange it like the Color Wheel. Red, Yellow and Blue are the Primary colors and are placed alternately around the outer ring. Orange, Green and Purple are the Secondary Colors and they go in between the appropriate primary hues. The Tertiary colors will work in the small clovers. This design makes a really good teaching tool for your classes and everyone will LOVE painting it.

My feeling is that the 4 leaf clover is more generally associaed with "good luck", but you will see it here used with the clay pipe. Added to the other Irish motifs, I think it tends to round out the selection--even though I'm not trying to endorse smoking. You laugh, but I did pass up a number of desgns picturing pitchers and mugs of green beer. But maybe that's just a Savannah, GA concept.

 You can enlarge the Wreath pattern to fit either a 12" round or a 10" round blank. I have noted the colors for both versions of the wreath design.
Gallery Glass Supplies:
Green Version; 16024 Ivy Green, 16008 Kelly Green, 16035 Lime Green, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16081 Crystal Clear.
Color Chart Version: 16015 Ruby Red, 16429 Pumpkin Orange, 16004 Sunny Yellowm 16008 Kelly Green, 16012 Royal Blue, 16014 Amethyst, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16005 Orange Poppy, 16035 Lime Green, 16036 Turquoise, 16457 Plum, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16081 Crystal Clear.

Leprechauns Love Gold and Gallery Glass!

If you have a drop of Irish blood in your veins, you just naturally love St. Patrick's Day. That's the time of year when Celtic pride runs very deep and everyone gets out their derby and dusts it off--ready for a parade to break out at any moment. It is almost Spring and that makes the "greens" theme very timely. I think this wonderful occasion deserves it's own special oversize design. So I pulled some of my favorite St. Patrick's Day clip art icons and overlapped and enlarged them to fit into a 24'x36" poster frame.

The hair is streaks of Copper Sparkle and Light Brown applied next to each other. The coat and shoes have Etching Medium patted onto the surface of the paint after it cures. This was done to differentiate them from the Kelly Green Stripe in the rainbow. All clover leaves have a line of Hologram Glitter applied along the edge before the leaf color is added, then the two colors are combed together. The Gold Sparkle dots in the vest are applied first, then the Lime Green swirled among them.The black pot is Black Extreme Glitter used straight--not diluted with Gallery Glass. I wanted the pot to be REALLY black and the glitter makes it interesting. The money and border are Gold Sparkle--pretty from the front, but photographs beige with light coming through it. As we often say, "it looks much better in person."
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16002 Snow White, 16006 Canyon Coral, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16008 Kelly Green, 16429 Pumpkin Orange, 16011 Blue Diamond, 16014 Amethyst, 16015 Ruby Red, 16024 Ivy Green, 16035 Lime Green, 16848 Hologram Glitter, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16440 Gold Glitter, 16422 Copper Sparkle, 16426 Light Brown, 16081 Crystal Clear, 2797 Black Extreme Glitter, 16044 Etching Medium,16076 Black Liquid Leading, 24"x36" Poster Frame.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Say, "I Love You" with Gallery Glass

St. Valentine's Day is almost upon us and you may be searching for the perfect gift--something that will be a lasting reminder of your love and devotion. Candy is quickly eaten and flowers wilt and fade, but your Gallery Glass heart will be a visible daily reminder of your lifelong passion. Add to this token of your love a dinner reservation and movie tickets complete with popcorn, and you have successfully executed a Gallery Glass moment. I painted this with Ruby Red, of course, but I outlined the segments with Hologram Glitter then filled in the center with the color. I did the same thing on the Hot Pink "lace". The Gold Glitter caption completes it for a very elegant festive look.

But what if you aren't giving the gift until the exact day. Sometimes you don't want to give a gift that is seasonally specific when the season will be over tomorrow.  How about a Floral suncatcher that is seasonally appropriate? The unsung hero of winter, the only flower with a heart brave enough to peek out of earth that just yesterday had snow on it--the humble crocus. How noble and breathtakingly beautiful. This is one of my favorite panels because it heralds the beginning of a fresh new season of brightly colored landscaping. Why not present your "love" with something that will cheer them up for many weeks to come. It can brighten a window view that will remain colorless for several more months.

And maybe your recipient is not into flowers or mushy Valentine symbols. There is certainly room for a gift that says, "I love you," but appeals more to their hobby and activities interest. How about a precious toe dancing bear complete with ballet shoes and a tutu. What little girl wouldn't love to hang this lovely suncatcher in their room?

Ballerina  - 6"x9" Oval

Gallery Glass Supplies: 16002 Snow White, 16423 Hot Pink, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16014 Amethyst, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 10" Styrene Blank

I Love You Heart -  10" Round
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16440 Gold Glitter, 16423 Hot Pink, 16015 Ruby Red, 16002 Snow White, 16442 Hologram Glitter, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16216 10" Styrene Blank

I outlined the heart sections and even put a drop of 16442 in the top of each of the lace sections and combed it into the paint to give the heart a little style.

Crocus  - 10" Round

Gallery Glass Supplies: 16423 Hot Pink, 16442 Hologram Glitter, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16455 Sunflower, 16020 Amber, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16008 Kelly Green, 16035 Lime Green, 16024 Ivy Green, 16014 Amethyst, 16457 Plum, 16081 Crystal Clear16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16216 10" Styrene Blank

I applied a line of Hologram Glitter along the edge of the petal sections and combed it into the paint to give the flowers some sparkle. It almost looks like dew on the tips of the flowers.

Valentine Jar Designs with Gallery Glass

I love Valentine's Day because it's all about flowers and candy. I never met a candy bar I didn't like, be it chocolate, sugar or marshmallow. And what better way to give candy as a gift than in an appropriately styled container made just for the occasion. These Valentine jars are elegant looking, but simple and easy to make. You can find so many beautiful clear shapes for practically nothing because glass is cheap. My favorite "surface" source is one of those stores where everything is a dollar.

The big rose jar in the center was done by the Horizontal Method--meaning it was leaded and painted right on the jar--easy to do because it is rather large, creating an almost flat surface. First bubble cut around the pattern leaving almost no margin. Then roll it up and stick it face up inside the jar. Center it so that the jar seam is on the side. Lead the design as usual, using books on both side to keep it from rolling while your leading is wet. Let the leading dry overnight and paint some pleasing "rose" colors in a couple of various shades, giving the design a more sophisticated look. Now wasn't that easy. The other jars in the photo were done as Clings and placed on the clean jar after they had cured. For detailed instructions for making Clings, check "Snow Fun" under Winter projects.  .
But maybe you don't have time to go out and buy something, look around your kitchen. If you save pleasingly shaped jars that food comes in, you can often cover the thread lines on the top with lace, ribbon or fabric. And what about the ones that have printed lids? You can cover them with fabric and a coordinating ribbon.

These are great patterns for jars. The large jar and the pitcher can be done directly on the jar because they are bigger. The smaller ones will be easier to do as Clings, then place them where you want them on the project. See post "Snow Fun" for Cling instructions.
Supplies list:
16001 Crystal Clear, 16002 Snow White, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16006 Canyon Coral (disc. use 16003), 16008 Kelly Green, 16009 Emerald Green, 16011 Blue Diamond, 16012 Royal Blue, 16015 Ruby Red, 16016 Rose Quartz, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16020 Iridescent Violet (disc. use Hologram Shimmer 16848.), 16021 Frost White

These are great patterns for jars. The large jar and the pitcher can be done directly on the jar because they are bigger. The smaller ones will be easier to do as Clings, then place them where you want them on the project. See post "Snow Fun" for Cling instructions.
Supplies list:
16001 Crystal Clear, 16002 Snow White, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16006 Canyon Coral (disc. use 16003), 16008 Kelly Green, 16009 Emerald Green, 16011 Blue Diamond, 16012 Royal Blue, 16015 Ruby Red, 16016 Rose Quartz, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16020 Iridescent Violet (disc. use Hologram Shimmer 16848.), 16021 Frost White

Hearts -- Framed and Wired with Gallery Glass

"Framed" and "wired" are two words with bad connotations-- unless we're talking about them in a Gallery Glass context. It's easy to make mobiles and free floating ornaments using Cuttable Plastic and wire. If you can't find cuttable plastic, you can also use leading blanks for the shapes--they just won't be quite as rigid or transparent. The wire is Armature Wire and is available at craft stores. Lead and paint the shapes and let them dry. Cut around the cured shapes leaving 1/8" of space outside the outlines. Cut lengths of wire and curl loosely around a pencil. Stretch wire slightly. Make a hole in the edges of the plastic shapes and string them up! See patterns for more details.

Colorful glass panels or Clings hanging in a window add brightness and life to home decor. The colors are at their best with light coming through them, so hanging a piece of glass art in a window is the perfect place to show off its beauty. Framed panels can also be a substitute for curtains because they bend the rays of light and create a sunscreen--if they are large enough. These three hearts are a good project for a styrene ceiling diffuser. They are easily scored on the smooth side and popped into the size to fit a small elongated frame. Always paint on the smooth side so that the color will be even, not blotchy.

This 11"x14" picture frame takes on a whole new life when you throw away that faded floral print and outline and paint this "Funky Heart" on the glass. Remove glass from frame. Position it over pattern and outline the design. Let dry and apply colors as shown, or create your own color palette. Fill in around the design with Crystal Clear leaving it very bumpy. Place glass or plastic into frame and secure it using Liquid Leading as a "caulk" between the edge of the glass and the back side of the frame. Let caulking dry overnight before standing upright.

If you can't wait to get started, print out the patterns and select your surfaces. In a couple of days, you'll be able to give one of these heartfelt treasures to your favorite Valentine.

Supplies needed for Hugs and Kisses Mobile:
16003 Cameo Ivory, 16001 Crystal Clear, 16015 Ruby Red, 16002 Snow White, 16079 Gold Metallic Liquid Leading (heart and O's), 16080 Silver Metallic Liquid Leading (wings and X's), 16240 Cuttable Plastic, 16225 Tool Set.
Other Supplies: Armature Wire, Needlenose pliers, Wire cutters, Craft knife with blades, Scissors, pencil.

Supplies needed for Funky Heart Framed Art:
16001 Crystal Clear, 16035 Lime Green, 16015 Ruby Red, 16037 Sapphire, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16225 Tool Set,
Other Supplies: Wooden frame with glass, 11"x14"

Supplies needed for Three Hearts Framed Art"
16014 Amethyst, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16009 Emerald Green, 16005 Orange Poppy, 16012 Royal Blue, 16015 Ruby Red, 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16076 Liquid Leading or 16089 Redi-Lead Strips, 16224 Tool Set
Other Supplies: Wooden frame with glass, 8"x20", Craft knife (for cutting Redi-lead

Supplies needed for Love Mobile:
16001 Crystal Clear; 16423 Hot Pink, 16438 Magenta Rose, 16455 Sunflower, 16076 Lquid Leading, 16782 Crystal Beads (discontinued), 16240 Cuttable Craft Plastic, 16225 Tool Set
Other Supplies: Craft wire, pink and yellow pony beads, other beads as desired.