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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Traditional Fall Gallery Glass Designs

Bountiful Horn of Plenty - 12" Circle
The weather is getting cooler and harvest is in progress all around us. Roadside Stands and Farmers' Markets are brimming with beautiful fruits and vegetables. It not only makes me hungry, but it reminds me of how much we have to be thankful for. This elaborate cornucopia offers an opportunity to use Extreme Glitter by Plaid to differentiate between the horn and the plenty. It makes it a little more opaque and adds a bit of holiday glitz at the same time. I applied Hologram Glitter in dots and swirled the amber paint through it, then blended and combed with a nutpick--an easy technique that requires little time.

I love this design so much because-- first of all, it's food and painting food is the next best thing to eating it. And secondly because it is a big, bold, beautiful Fall/Thanksgiving decoration that bridges into Christmas beautifully. 

What's Thanksgiving without a Turkey?
It's hard to find a design that isn't too juvenile, but a realistic turkey isn't very attractive as a stained glass motif, so we finally settled on this one. He isn't a cartoon, but his multi-colored feathers have a whimsical quality. He is particularly effective surrounded by Indian corn, cornucopias and scarecrows. You can use an old photo frame and paint him on the glass, or you can just lead the design onto a leading blank and peel him off to go on the window. I really prefer Plaid's 8"x10" styrene blank because of the ease of storing him for the next year. This is a particularly good design for a kid's group. They will create colors of feathers you never dreamed of.

Lilies for Fall Color
The season is changing and it's time to take down the window decorations and cozy up to an earthy color palette. These lilies bloom with Fall colors and make a welcome addition to any room. 
This is a great time of year for Paintin' Parties. We hosted one this month that featured this very design.

This project will probably take about one hour to complete in a classroom setting, so we always offer multiple projects so that each painter can work at their own speed. Pacing is important--the challenge is to satisfy the experienced painters, without frustrating the beginners.

Autumn Leaves - 12" and 10" Rounds
Autumn leaves are falling! Why not celebrate the coming of Fall with a special suncatcher. This 12"
project offers the opportunity to create some new colors by blending the pure color with my favorite neutral color--Hologram Shimmer. It gives the hues a completely different look and softens them just enough to make it a super easy project for a beginner. Apply the pure color in dots in the section, then swirl the Hologram Glitter paint through the dots and use the combing tool from the tool set to thoroughly blend the two colors together, making a new, lighter sparkly color.

Making Clings with Gallery Glass

Back to school time puts more emphasis on sports and Fall holidays. You will want to celebrate each and every one with Clings. Some can be made into a themed overall window design and others are great for just the occasional temporary holiday motif on the window. I love to decorate my kitchen window over the sink with the Clings of the season. It helps me to focus on upcoming events so that I can maximize my efforts toward that holiday in a timely manner. Don't make Clings larger than your hand because they will not store as well and have a tendency to fold up on themselves. It's better to divide a large image into several parts and place them next to each other if you are making a larger decoration. After you've become familiar with the technique, scroll to the bottom the post to see a whole year of designs.

Please feel free to print out designs and patterns. 1. Move curser to image you wish to print. 2. right click on the image and sdelect "open link to new window". 3. Click "File" and select "print preview" 4. Adjust size by selecting "shrink to fit" and find the percentage that will allow you to print the whole design. 5. "print"


I would like to expand on the category of Clings. Below is what I would call the "long form" instructions. If you are a beginner, you will benefit from these tips and techniques. 
How to make Clings - Gallery Glass Clings are easy and fun to mak. These are two simple steps to follow: First, lead the designs with Liquid Leading. Next, fill in the areas created by the lead borders with Gallery Glass paint.

Positioning Your Pattern - Choose a Cling design, draw your own design, or adapt one from another source such as a coloring book. Place the pattern under a GG Leading Blank with the smooth side up. Clings will not stick to the window, if made on the rough side of the Blank. Surface Alternative: Trace the designs for your project, cut them out, and tape them ontio a piece of cardboard that will fit into a food storage bag. Make the Clings on the outside of the bag. Peel off and use the bag for new designs.

Outlining the Cling Design with Liquid Leading - Before you begin, protect your work surface with white or light color poster board,
Note: Decide if your Cling is too detailed for a 1/8" bead of leading from the bottle. You may need to use a Tape Tip. Instructions to create this narrower bead are given in this blog under the Leading Tips Category.
1. Prepare the Leading bottle: You bottle probably already has a hole, so remove the tip and remove the protective seal. Hold the bottle upside down and tap it firmly on a hard surface to force leading into the tip.
2. Practice leading: Reap step 3, then practice that technique on notebook paper. When you feel comfortable with the technique, begin leading your project.
3. The grip: Hold the inverted bottle in "broom handle" fashion in a vertical position. Do not rest your elbow on the work surface; it will inhibit your movement.
4. Making a bead: Squeeze the bottle. As the leading begins to flow, "anchor" (or touch) the leading to the surface where you want to begin the line. Apply even pressure and a uniform cord of leading will form. Raise the tip of the nozzle above your work surface before moving forward. The "cord" of leading will drape down onto the pattern line as you squeeze the bottle, following your pattern as you move forward. When you get near the end of your pattern line, stop squeezing and lower the tip to your work and allow the bead to intersect with previous lines. By stopping pressure BEFORE the end of the desired line, a bump of extra leading at the end--is prevented.
5. Drying: The leaded project must dry for at least 8 hours before adding paint--longer if conditions are humid.
6. Correcting mistakes: After the leading is dry, use your fingernail to pull up any unwanted leading and snip off or trim it away with small scissors. Lay the leading line that remains back on the Blank and press firmly in place. Do not use a craft knife on the Leading Blank.

Carol's Tips for Leading
 Messy lines: Uniform lead lines are achieved by dispensing leading ABOVE the surface and by coordinating your pressure on the bottle with your forward movement. Practice on notebook paper until you have mastered this skill. I practice making lines and grapes until they look smooth and uniform.
Beginning Bumps: If your leading curls up around the bottle tip as you begin to squeeze, you are not "anchoring" the leading to the plastic soon enough or you need to wipe the tip with a paper towel before beginning the line.
Ending bumps: If tails or bumps occur at the end of a line of leading, stop squeezing sooner than you are--well before you reach the end of the line--and bring the tip down to allow the bead to end on the plastic or a a previously leaded line.

Painting the Cling with Gallery Glass Window Color (bottle in illustration is an older version of Window Color)
Note: Do not shake the bottles of paint unless they appear to have separated, because the paint will get thinner, making it difficult to apply to a vertical surface without running. However, it is fine to use on horizontal surfaces, regardless of the viscosity.

1. Remove the cap. Clean out any dried paint you see in the tip. You can push it to the side, easing it out of the bottle, remove the dried paint and replace the tip firmly into the bottle by snapping it into place.
2. Coloring: Begin adding paint into your leaded design by squeezing it around the perimeter of the leaded area, then fill in the center. (see photo)
Be sure to apply the paint up on the leading, using it as a bumper while  you are applying the paint. Failure to do so will leave light holes or a lighter "halo" next to the leading. The paint up on the leading will not show when the Cling is cured. Add a generous amount of paint up to the top of the leading, but do not add so much that it sticks up above the leading. If the colored area is too thin, the cured Cling may tear during removal from the plastic. Use a nutpick or a toothpick to evenly distribute the paint in the section. (See photo)
3. Combing: To minimize bubbles, "streak" back and forth in the paint to smooth the texture and pop the bubbles. Be careful when combing on plastic bags.

4. Tapping: After combing, more bubbles may be popped by "tapping". Hold the Leading Blank or piece of cardboard firmly in your non-painting hand and tap directly under the combed section with a pencil, the acorn end of the nutpick or the inverted bowl of a teaspoon. If using plastic bag covered cardboard, tap more firmly. (See photo)
5. Clean-up: If you spill paint on clothing or another surface, wash it off immediately using soap and water; do not allow it to dry before removing it.
6. Drying: Allow the project to dry for 24 to 48 hours on a dry, flat surface with good air circulation, such as the top of the refrigerator. Drying time may vary depending on the thickness of the paint and the humidity. All cloudy areas must turn transparent before proceeding.

Removing the Cling
After the Cling has cured, it can be removed from your project surface (Leading Blank or Plastic Bag). Like magic, the leaded and painted design will peel up as one piece. The Cling can now be placed on a clean window or mirror where it sill adhere-- without addition glue or adhesive--until you wish to peel it off.

Carol's Painting Tips
Size: When designing your own Clings, limit the size to approximately 5"x5" for maximum durability. 

Segmenting: Designs should be segmented so each color has a closed section. Add lines to your design where needed before the leading step. This step also adds to the look of real stained glass.

Holes: Small "light" holes in corners of painted sections can be eliminated by dabbing Liquid Leading over the hole. This method is less noticeable than re-coating the section with paint, or trying to patch just the gap with wet paint.

Changing a color: Change your mind, or someone put their finger in the wet paint? Wait until the Cling dries, remove the Cling from the Blank or plastic bag, and use small scissors to cut the paint as close as possible to the lead line and remove it. Place the Cling on project surface, press flat and apply more colors. Let the new color dry thoroughly.

Darkening a color: To intensify a color, you may apply more than one coat. Let each coat dry before applying the next.

Lightening a color: Paint may be lightened by mixing it with Crystal Clear before applying. Pour it into a foam cup and mix with a craft stick, then pour back into one of the bottles for application.

Cloudy look: All Gallery Glass paints have a milky appearance immediately after application, but they will be clearer whey dry. Some colors dry transparent (like Crystal Clear) and some dry translucent (like Snow White). Experience will show you which are more and less transparent.

Bubbles: Small air bubbles that are hidden under the surface during application can sometimes add to the realistic stained glass look. However. eliminate large bubbles for a more uniform coating either by using the tip of the bottle or a "pick" for popping. Be meticulous about Combing and Tapping. They are essential for a bubble free professional looking project.

Window Application, Removal & Storage
Window Application: Place the Cling on a clean window or mirror. Smooth the design from the center outward to avoid air bubbles. Note: Do not place Clings on moist windows that sweat in Winter.

Removal: To remove the Cling from a window, life the edge and pull gently. In cold weather, Clings may shatter if the glass is too cold. If it seems brittle or resists removal, warm it first with a hair dryer. In warm weather, the Cling can stretch during removal--wait until the glass is cool to remove it (like at night).

Reusing: If the Cling will not stick when reapplying, clean the back with a paper towel moistened with window cleaner before putting it on a completely clean window.

Storage: To store Clings, ideally place them on Leading blanks, press out any air bubbles and store in a plastic bag. Keep them cool and flat until ready to reapply. The bag is essential to keep the Clings flexible over time. Never store any Gallery Glass project in tissue paper, The paper fibers will adhere to the surface. However, paper fibers can sometimes be removed with a wet cloth and serious rubbing. Also, don't store in bubble wrap, the bubbles will leave bumps in the surface of the cling.

Now for the printable instructions that you may want to print out and lay beside you as you work. You can see the longer description of each step in the process printed above. 
Hobbies & Careers
Junk Food & Summer Fun
Baby Aninmals and Pets

Terrifying Trio - on 6"x9" oval blanks

Maybe I should call them the Terrific Trio. They are so cute it makes you want to invite them in for a Trick or Treat snack. They are perfect for households with small children who might be frightened by really scary faces. Hang them in the front window and turn off the lights when the little neighborhood goblins start up the sidewalk. The faces will "glow" brightly, thanks to the use of Glow in the Dark Mod Podge for the complexions of Frankie and the Witch.

The only problem is--the 6"x9" blanks are discontinued. This does not put them out of the running as Halloween projects. When you are at the party store buying costume accessories and decorations, pick up some of the clear plastic plates in the large size. Enlarge the designs following the directions on the Message Board on the right side of the home page and create the designs on the plates. I prefer the scooped ones without the band around the side because it gives you more room for the designs. Then melt a hole in the top with a heated paper clip, ice pick or wood burning tool, and hang them with a orange ribbon or fishing line. You can also make the designs a little smaller as "Clings" and use them to decorate the windows on the front porch. They will be the envy of the neighborhood Mom's group!

Gallery Glass Wrap Up for Fall Holidays

Let's take a look at the Thanksgiving designs. Thanksgiving has a shorter decorating "window" because it is sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, but it certainly deserves our time and attention. I usually add the "leaves" decorations in with the Thanksgiving motifs because they coordinate color-wise and because it gives more flexibility to the projects.

10" round version of Autumn Leaves.
Having trouble locating a 10" blank? Check the Party store. They have large plain plastic plates that have a flat surface with a slightly curved edge. These inexpensive surfaces are adaptable to the 10" round designs, although you may have to shrink them down a little.
Elegant Autumn Pumpkin with Leaves - 10" Round

Fall decorations get more exciting as the leaves begin to fall in the back yard. Decorations on the windows need to be vibrant or they won't compete with the splashes of color drifting past. This suncatcher is bound to get the attention of anyone who sees it. The pumpkin doesn't have a face, so it can stay in play all the way to Thanksgiving.

Autumn Suncatchers "light up" Clear Vases

Gallery Glass allows you to "go wild" with your seasonal decor because they are REMOVABLE. There is no messy adhesive and they stay flexible for many years to come. It's a very easy process. Lead and paint piles of brightly colored leaves on 8"x10" reusable blanks (from Plaid), let dry--then peel and stick to windows, mirrors and other smooth surfaces. When the holiday is over, peel the leaves off the surfaces, put them back on a reusable sheet and store them in a cool flat place inside food storage bags.

Big, Bold and Beautiful Sunflower on 10" Round
I love florals that leave no doubt about what kind of flower you're trying to depict. Who doesn't enjoy the cheerful coloring and positive primary colors of Autumn Sunflowers? I wish I had a hundred of them in my back yard, but will be satisfied to hang this 10" beveled piece in the window. It's almost as good as the real thing. The petals are plain, with very simple shading, but the center gets a little more drama from the addition of FolkArt Extreme Glitter polka dots of Black and Gold applied first. Then the Gallery Glass Black Onyx and Cocoa Brown are swirled around and through the glitter dots to disperse. The result is a little heavier center with subtle highlights--fantastic!

Pilgrim and Indian - 6"x9" Ovals
I put these up last because I have never been happy with the faces of the Pilgrim and the Indian. However, there certainly is a place for them in our Thanksgiving display. The same holds true of the ship. It's especially good to put them up if you have small children visiting the house, who may not yet know the story of the first Thanksgiving. Follow the directions on the Message Board for printing out the designs and enlarge them to fit your situation. If you don't have oval blanks, you can make all three in a smaller size and use them as suncatchers.

Black Cat and Pumpkin Gallery Glass

I thought this was a cute black cat, if there is such a thing--aren't black cats supposed to be bad luck? Maybe, but hopefully this one won't bring anything but crowds of admiring "trick or treat-ers" to your door on Halloween. This panel uses some alternate Gallery Glass finishes combined with the traditional paint.
The first special product that I love for Gallery Glass is Extreme Glitter in the 2 oz. size. I used the Black Extreme Glitter for the Cat. It is opaque, but has that slight glint to it--reminds me of a cat's glistening fur coat. Then I used the Red and the Orange Extreme Glitter for the pumpkin--blending them to create the illusion of roundness. You can use Orange Poppy and Pumpkin Orange, if you don't want to go out and buy the extreme Glitter. But I encourage you to buy all  14 colors in the store or from <>. They are wonderful additions when you want a metallic sparkle to your Gallery Glass projects.
I put more alternatives in the supplies list. In case you don't have the discontinued Glow in the Dark Mod Podge, Glow Away will work just as well, but don't let it get splashed after the project is cured and be careful cleaning the finished panel, because Glow Away will wash away with water, but it has significant glowing power and for that reason, it is an alternative. You might paint the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin with 16004 Sunny Yellow and let it dry, then put a coating of the Glow Away over the cured coating of yellow. That way, you will have a very yellow glow to your pumpkin's features. I put kitty on a 12" circle, which I happen to have a lot of, but you can put the design on a piece of glass from an 11"x14" picture frame.

Supplies List:
2797 Black Extreme Glitter
2774 Red Extreme Glitter or 16005 Orange Poppy
2793 Orange Extreme Glitter or 16429 Pumpkin Orange
16002 Snow White
16004 Sunny Yellow
16005 Orange Poppy
16008 Kelly Green
16024 Ivy Green
16035 Lime Green
16095 Black Onyx
16429 Pumpkin Orange
16001 or 16081 Crystal Clear
CS15128 Glow in the Dark Mod Podge or 5042 Glow Away