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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Honor the Fathers in your life with Gallery Glass

We honored the Mothers last month, now it's Dad's turn. What a wonderful idea someone had-- to have a national day of "honoring" for both parents. The special days are observed by almost all the diverse groups that make up this great country. Because having parents is universal--everybody had to start out with a set. Lots of people have a good relationship with them and these special days challenge us to make those relationships even better--every year when they roll around. (Wait for it...........)

In my mind, Gallery Glass is a perfect way to spread it on thick because it is a gift they can't eat or wear--so it doesn't go away when you do. It's nice that special diets and "hard to find sizes" don't matter. In my mind, it's the "one size fits all" commemorative plaque. There are several ways to approach the project for fathers. You could go with the historical favorite "Man's Best Friend" motif. I couldn't pick out the "best" color scheme, so I decided to show you both of them. The style of the dog is a bit generic, but you could possibly tailor it to your man's favorite breed with a little imagination. It could become a Golden Retriever by just leaving off the spots and painting him Amber.
The second approach is to go for Dad's favorite hobbies to commemorate his status. I posted this example to show you the idea, but you could probably come up with a more appropriate icon for the Dad in your life. The only problem is that all the oval blanks are gone, unless you had some stashed away somewhere. But this motif is small enough to be a suncatcher. You could do it on a reusable leading blank and then peel it off and apply it to one of his windows. I would change the "green" a little, however, if I were doing it as a suncatcher. Make it a little more "backyard pool" shaped instead of egg shaped. That would look more realistic.

The third approach is to give him an "award". Give him a blue ribbon (it's his favorite color) for being a great dad. Sometimes the easiest alternative is also the best one. Again, no oval blank, but you can do it as a suncatcher and apply it to the window closest to his favorite chair, where he will be able to stare at it after you leave and remember you fondly.
There is another smaller dog that would also make a good suncatcher. This is a beagle type dog and is really cute.

I'm not going to post a pattern for these items. They are simple enough that you can just right click on the image. Then click on "open link to a new window" and you can print it out from there. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Glowing Butterflies with Gallery Glass

It's the time of year when holidays are a little scarce, so I like to concentrate on all occasion designs. Butterflies are some of Nature's finest work and they make wonderful subjects for glass crafting. This one was done on a 16"x20" poster frame and is displayed in my office window. It uses some NEW beach glass and shimmer colors that have just been introduced. The top butterfly uses the Honey Quartz Frost, Root Beet Frost, Sand Frost, and Aqua Shimmer. If you don't have the new colors, you can mix your own colors, or change the palette, OR choose the closest color from your existing supplies.

Here is another butterfly done with the new colors. For this panel I used: Cranberry Shimmer, Sapphire Shimmer and Root Beet Frost. Some of the colors I was testing didn't go forward, so  Shimmer colors that didn't go forward, but you can use Royal Blue and Blue Diamond to get the same effect. Use Fresh Lime or Snow White for the accents on the wings.

Here is a pair of butterflies that are fun to do. This panel was done by on a 12" Round Plexi panel which you probably don't have, but you can crop the design slightly and lead it onto an 8x10" picture frame glass insert. 

Here the original butterfly pattern that I had converted into a rectangle for the first panel in the post.I actually prefer it round, but the booth space I was filling with the Aqua butterfly required a rectangular motif, so I thought you might want to see how I converted the design. This is an alternative that you always have when you are adapting surfaces for a design. 

What do you know of butterflies in folklore? Many of the ancient civilizations believed that butterflies were symbols of the human soul. The Greeks believed that a new human soul was born each time an adult butterfly emerged from it's cocoon. Butterflies have been used by the Chinese and Japanese cultures for centuries as symbols of joy and the essence of happiness. Both cultures have added them to manuscripts, paintings and drawings for centuries. Early Europeans believed that the human soul took the form of a butterfly and they viewed the butterfly with great respect and often with fear. Northern Europeans thought that dreams were the result of the soul butterfly's wanderings through other worlds. In southern Germany, some say the dead are reborn as children who fly about as butterflies, resulting in the belief that they bring children. The Irish believe that butterflies are the souls of the dead waiting to pass through purgatory. Native American Indian legends told that butterflies would carry the wishes to the Great Spirit in heaven to be granted. Shoshone Indians believed that butterflies were originally pebbles, into which the Great Spirit blew the precious breath of life. Native American Zuni tribes believed that butterflies could predict the weather. The Zuni also believed that the white butterfly predicts the beginning of summer. 

So let yourself be lead by mythical white butterflies and "flutter" into summer by painting a butterfly for your window or create a meaningful gift for a friend. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Memorial Day Gallery Glass


Even though Memorial Day is not yet here, we have to craft ahead of the occasion so that our projects will be ready to display before and during the holiday. Here are 2 of my favorites. They are perfect for any patriotic holiday celebration--large or small. The colors are bright and cheerful, but I needed a 4th color so I chose hologram glitter for the stars in the panel on the left. These designs are perfect for picnics, Vacation Bible School projects and campground craft classes. The are timely and also very simple to do, so they can be done quickly and effectively in a group setting. It should only take each crafter 10 to 15 minutes, so the painting stations can turn over fast enough to keep the line moving.

Another of my favorite designs is the more free form flag motif of the design on the right.

To create these simple designs, print out a pattern by following the instructions on the message board on the right side of this home page. If you are doing it on the 10" blank, you will need to enlarge the design to fit the blank. If you don't have the round blanks, you can also buy clear plastic plates at the party store. They come in a variety of sizes and you can choose the right size for the "audience" you are planning to entertain. Chrildren are usually happier with the snack or dessert size, whereas adults want the more showy dinner size. You can also keep the hearts at a smaller size and duplicate them on the leading blank and mount them on the window as suncatchers.
Gallery Glass Supplies:
Snow White 16002, Ruby Red 16015, 16011 Blue Diamond,  16442 Hologram Glitter, 16076
 Black Liquid Leading.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Flowers of Spring with Gallery Glass

So,  I'm late this year, but didn't wanted to focus on Spring flowers before summer gets here. We have to celebrate the arrival of many of the florals that Gallery Glass renders so well. The vibrant color and transparent beauty of the medium make a valiant attempt to do justice to the seasonal works of Mother Nature. In the South, the Crocus is the first small flower to peek out of the dirt. It is tiny, but as delicate and beautiful as an orchid, in my opinion. It comes in delicate and subtle shades, notice the shyness of the shading in this project. They don't last long, so be ready to click your camera and catch the fearless early floral.
Next come the fragrant long lasting Hyacinths. Oh, how I love them. They grow so heartily and multiply if you treat them right, so that every year, you can enjoy more and MORE of them. There are a number of colors, but my favorite is pink. I have hundreds of them blooming around my home in February and they may be my best horticulture effort. You can do this design on the 6"x9" styrene blank or it fits nicely on the 8"x10" rectangular styrene blank. If you don't enlarge them quite as much, you can make Clings that will create a floral border across the bottom of your kitchen window--or add them to a child's room window. Here's an idea--make multiple blossoms and put them across the mirror in your bathroom. They will cheer you up while you're getting ready for work.
There are several names for this flower--it is probably a Narcissus and a member of the Amaryllis family. Some call it a Jonquil, others call it a Daffodil--yet others call it a Buttercup. Whatever name you prefer, a bouquet of them can totally brighten up a kitchen or family room. You can almost pick any color scheme and you'd be right. All species have a trumpet bowl surrounded by a ring of 6 flower petals called he parianth. Both parts can be the same color-- or a different color entirely. The bowl may be orange, pink, pale green, white, red or yellow. The parianth is more likely to be white or yellow. They also have a  nice clean smell that doesn't get too heavy in a room. 
Now, if you don't have access to any oval blanks, you might be interested in combining the two flowers onto one piece. Remember you can put them on a large clear plastic plate from the dollar or party stores or on the 10" Blank, as I did. They look really good together. I wish I had make the Daffodil pink and white so that it would coordinate better with the Hyacinth--but I felt that it didn't look as familiar as the yellow variety. We often learn much more from our mistakes than from our successes.

You can even make a welcome sign for your favorite Senior Center, if you need a motif to fill space. The type was sent to me by the organization. I added the flowers because the corners were empty.

Regardless of how you choose to interpret them, these easy blossoms will add a happy note to the Spring symphony that is bursting forth all around your neighborhood.

Gallery Glass Supplies: 16003 Cameo Ivry, 16014 Amethyst, 16016 Magenta Royale, 16020 Amber, 16442 Hologram Glitter, 16423 Hot Pink, 16455 Sunfower, 16457 Plum, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16216 10" Round Styrene Blank, 16225 Tool Set.

Galley Glass Supplies: 16008 Kelly Green, 16014 Amethyst, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16035 Lime Green, 16423 Hot Pink, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 6x9" Oval Styrene Blank, 16225 Tool Set.

Galley Glass Supplies: 16005 Orange Poppy, 16008 Kelly Green,  16020 Amber, 16035 Lime Green, 16425 Citrus Yellow, 16429 Pumpkin Orange 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16215 6x9" Oval Styrene Blank, 16225 Tool Set.

Hyacinth and Daffodil
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16005 Orange Poppy, 16008 Kelly Green,  16020 Amber, 16014 Amethyst, 16017 Magenta Royale, 16035 Lime Green, 16423 Hot Pink, 16035 Lime Green, 16425 Citrus Yellow, 16429 Pumpkin Orange, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16076 Black Liquid Leading, 16216 6x9" Round Styrene Blank, 16225 Tool Set.

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).