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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Tulips are Coming.....

The simple, colorful, regal Tulip may just be my favorite flower. They are so sleek and smooth. I love the long elegant petals and the stately leaves. Mostly, I love that they hide in the ground all year and then burst forth in all the splendor at the time when the moon and soil temperature are just right. And the color combinations are unbelievable. If we could ever figure out what God did in the tulip bulb to create all that beauty, we just might be able to solve some of our social problems.

So how does Gallery Glass work for tulips--wait and see. Whether you're paintng one or a bunch, it will be an opportunity to use some of your favorite colors in the rack. And there is so much variety in the color choices, you can almost always coordinate them to the specific occasion that you celebrating. I chose to use, what my grandaughter calls, the "Easter Colors" although the formal name is pastels. You get these shades by adding white to the color, or by choosing colors from the Gallery Glass Palette--that already have white in them, like I did. This color key uses 2 new colors that I altered slightly. I lightened them because they were too opaque to coordinate with the other pastels in the project, so I added 1:1 Crystal Clear.

If you are looking for a quick and easy tulip project, these two blossoms will work up quickly--easy to paint, though not so easy to lead because of the ring around the flowers. It's hard to keep your leading uniform around such a big circle. The shading can be a lot more dramatic if you apply Hologram Glitter to the end of the petals and comb it into the petal color. The leaves and stems use my favorite 2 greens--Kelly Green and Lime Green. I apply the Lime to the top portion of the leaves because the sun would be shining on them and they would appear lighter, even though the leaf is only one color in nature. I have also done this pattern with the tulips and the ring a different complementary color. The Tulip pattern below is keyed for Ruby Red tulips and a Citrus Yellow ring. Try that combination for something different.
Now, let's look at a REAL beginner project--easy to lead AND easy to paint. This single flower can also be done as a Cling because it is strong enough to hold together when you peel it up. I've done it on a 6x9" oval because I have them available, but it I normally wouldn't consider it "important" enough to justify the use of a surface. However, I often do this design in Spring classes as a leading project. The design doesn't go close enough to the edge for static electricity to be a problem and it is quick and easy to complete the outline. It gives the students a  sense of satisfaction. And they can paint it when they get home.

4 Tulips Pattern - 10" Round
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16008 Kelly Green, 16024 Ivy Green, 16035 Lime Green, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16014 Amethyst, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16423 Hot Pink, 16020 Amber, 16455 Sunflower, 16011 Blue Diamond, 17073 Blue Bird, 17077 Lavender, 17052 Fresh Lime, 17051 Light Green, 16442 Hologram Glitter (HG), 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 10" Round Blank.

2 Tulips Pattern - 10" Round
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16461 Citrus Yellow, 16015 Ruby Red, 16008 Kelly Green, 16035 Lime Green, 16001 Crystal Clear 2 oz. 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 10" Round Blank,

Single Tulip Pattern- 6x9" oval or Cling
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16008 Kelly Green, 16924 Ivy Green, 16035 Lime Green, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16423 Hot Pink, 16442 Hologram Glitter, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 Oval Blank, or Gallery Glass Leading Blank (for Cling).

Inspiring Plaques of Gallery Glass

Spring is the time of year that our minds focus on new life. The flowers are peeking out of beds, the trees are budding and little eggs are hatching in little nests all over the world. It's a beautiful time of year--full of promise and hopes to improve the quality of our lives. Inspiration is an important part of this process and these plaques just might help to accomplish those all important personal goals. Since the time of Christ, artists have reflected their faith in stunning works of spiritual art. In the designs that follow, you'll find traditional icons--the dove of peace and crosses - interpreted in fresh new ways to brighten your home and inspire you throughout your busy day.

Ever since Noah and the Great Flood, the dove has symbolized peace and new beginnings. The Peaceful Dove is certainly one that can be displayed in a variety of ways, but putting it in a plate stand is probably the most effective because it allows the light to come through the back of the plate. I also changed the color scheme a bit and painted it on a 12" round chain wrapped plexi blank.
I love painting food and "Our Daily Bread" Decorative Plate is a wonderful way to communicate a religious message. The cross in the center of the plate is a unique shape and effectively pulls the food into the theme.
I love these projects so much that I am adapting them as projects in a new Spring Gallery Glass Class that we have scheduled later in March. They will be wonderful with Easter projects but can also be displayed for other holidays--later in the year, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tom Umsted, our favorite children's Gallery Glass volunteer teacher, requested a dove panel for his pastor who is currently delivering a series of lessons on the symbolism of the dove. I thought that the round one would not be conducive to display behind a speaker, so I found a picture of a church window on the Internet and altered the pattern drastically--adapting the 30' window display to fit a 12"x18" poster frame. I think that it looks very inspirational. I would like to do a larger one for our Sunday School Room, now that I have done most of the color key work. It is always faster to paint a piece the 2nd time around, I'm sure that I can enlarge the design to fit a 24"x36" poster frame. 

The Peaceful Dove Decorative 10" Plate
Gallery Glass Supplies: Crystal Clear 16001, Snow White 16002, Royal Blue 16012, Gold Sparkle 16019, Amber 16020, White Pearl 16021, Ivy Green 16024, Light Brown 16426, Liquid Leading 16076, Tool Set 16225, 10" Round Plate, Brown Nuggets.

Our Daily Bread Decorative 8" Plate
Gallery Glass Supplies: Cocoa Brown 16007, Royal Blue 16012, Ruby Red 16015, Magenta Royale 16017, Gold Sparkle 16019, Amber 16020, Ivy Green 16024, Amethyst 16014, Light Brown 16426, Turquoise 16036, Liquid Leading 16076, Tool Set 16225, 8 " round glass plate.

Deck the Hall with Gallery Glass Roses

Many of you will remember this picture from a February post. It is one of my favorite images because it shows these elegant flowers in 8 different colorways. I like it so much that I used it in a completely new project this week. One of my friends retired yesterday and I was asked to contribute to the room decor - especially the table and window decorations. In the past, one of our products was the clear glass blocks and it was suggested that I use them for a surface so that they could serve as a floral vase for table floral arrangements.  The first flower to come to mind is the ROSE. I thought it would be so pretty to interpret these images and colorways to the glass blocks. Since they are square, I chose to leave out the rose bud. See the results below.

Here is a picture of the right side of the room taken from the front.

Here is a picture of the left side of the room taken from the back. You can see my Gallery Glass window decor and the free-standing Tiffanesque lighted Parrot picture that I had made years ago.

These were so much fun, I thought you might want to see how I combined the vases with flowers from the florist and some of the roses and filler flowers that I picked from my front yard.


If you are interested in the pattern and color suggestions for all the different colors, click on Spring Holidays on the right side of the home page. The original story was posted on February 18th, 2013. Hopefully, you are inspired to interpret these beautiful May roses in your own unique opportunity. Maybe make them for a dinner at church or your club. There is no end to the possibilities when you start with Gallery Glass Paint.

Classic Irises with Gallery Glass

May is one of my favorite months of the year. The roses are blooming like crazy because it's not too hot for them-even in Atlanta. And of course, the most regal flowers of them all are blooming at their peak all over town. I cherish every wonderful bearded color combination because I never met an iris I didn't like--from wild blue to native lavender to black bearded ones--they are all spectacular. Louis Comfort Tiffany liked irises, too. In fact, you will find them in many of his church windows and they are especially stunning in this portion of a much larger work done for a private home in the Northeast. I hope that he would forgive me for stealing a bit of the purple splendor for this 24"x36" poster frame. It could hang in a bathroom window, or be painted directly ON the window for that matter (warning, this method could take a lot of "standing" patience)! I'm not going to post the pattern, unless you ask for it. I have a lot of shading that I do not wish to revisit--but for you--I would. As long as you promise to send us a picture when it is done.
Otherwise, you might like irises, but don't necessarily want to spend the next week painting them. Then you might want to start with our Spring Flowers pattern and work your way UP. This is a simple design that can be done on an 8"x10" styrene OR here's an idea. Make multiple tulips, daisies and irises and put them along the bottom of a mirror for a May burst of color in your bath. And if this one is a little too simple for you. Wait until you see what I have for you later in the week!
Okay, I'm here to accommodate you and your quest for the perfect project. Here is the pattern and the color key for the Tiffany Irises. I finally found it in an old book that had been translated into German. I'm not sure about the commentary, but I have the colors. I just hope that you can see the numbers when you print it out to 24"x36. I wouldn't recommend doing it any smaller. It's much too detailed.
Gallery Glass Supplies: Crystal Clear 16081, Snow White 16002, Cameo Ivory 16003, Sunny Yellow 16004, Cocoa Brown 16007, Kelly Green 16008, Emerald Green 16009, Denim Blue 16010, Blue Diamond 16011 Royal Blue 16012, Amethyst 16014, Rose Quartz 16016, Magenta Royale 16017, Amber 16020, Berry Red 16023 and Ivy Green 16024.

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.