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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sandra Creates Tiffany-style Irises with Gallery Glass

Once in a while, a reader will "blow me away" with her tenacity to figure out the Gallery Glass Technique on her own, although there are few instructional materials that survive in the marketplace (in spite of my ongoing efforts to preserve the GG body of knowledge). But Sandra has done it once again. I am over the top about her creative experience that she agreed to share with us. Here is her story--along with some wonderful step-by-step images. She really did this people--in only 3 projects! Unbelievable!
"I've been doing lots of painting; my 3 front door windows, the long transom glass over my French doors in the master bedroom (on Plexiglas); I drew/designed/created an underwater coral and tropical fish design over the living room transom and used some paint direct methods and created some on blanks and moved to the glass (it's a long 3 pane window) did the 6 pane glass window on a back door; and then started on this project, which I really love."
(comment from Carol) Many people start out with a small project before they do a window. 30 years ago, when I first started glass painting after taking leaded glass classes (cutting and soldering), I used one of my 8x10" frame-able art patterns that I had done in my leaded glass class--as my first project. I outlined the design and filled it in with similar colors of paint--having very little faith that it would be acceptable, since I was a newly born glass snob and was only looking for the "real thing". The next morning I got up and put the two projects side by side in the window--and could not believe my eyes. The painted glass and my leaded glass project looked almost identical from half way across the room! That's the day my passion for glass painting took root and it's been growing ever since.

Sandra continues: "Actually, I wanted to do the bathroom window so no curtains were needed; I started searching for a pattern and between the Tiffany peacock and this one, I choose the iris's. I didn't know about the kit, I just was so enthralled with your creation that I downloaded your picture and googled to find the template, I can't remember where I found it, either on the blog or somewhere on the Internet. I downloaded Carol's finished picture to compare it to and searched for the colors of paint to match the template after finding the index of colors on your site. I ordered those not found locally at Michael's, and guessed on the ones I couldn't read from the blown up template, I think there was one no longer manufactured; I did add a couple of new ones like the hologram paint."

"I had a piece of Plexiglas cut to the exact size of my bathroom window, and taped the template to the back. I made the template by downloading a software program that would blow up the standard letter sized template to any designated size, in this case 3 by 4 ft. It printed up one 8x11page at a time (4 pages wide and 6 pages vertically) and I painstakingly trimmed and taped all the pages together to make the 3'x4'print line up correctly. It wasn't until after it was done that I noticed some of the outside edges didn't quite come through in the end product, but you'd have to be as picky as I am, to notice."

"It took me a couple of weeks to complete this in the evenings and weekends, I took pictures of the process from beginning to end. I used the pre-made lead (Redi-Lead) lines since the project was so large and the leading so perfectly even in width; my hand leading is not nearly that good!"

And here's the finished piece in the window. Love it, love it, LOVE IT! Isn't her story amazing? One of the most admirable steps was figuring out how to make the blow the pattern  up to 3'x4'--incredible. I'm still not sure how she did it. I have a huge Cannon copier at my elbow that I can blow up patterns on, but patterns that are larger than one 11x17" sheet are tedious--to say the least. The next thing I can't imagine--is doing this huge, intricate design--with Redi-Lead strips. I used the Liquid Leading, which is so much faster (for me), but whatever it takes, to get the finished result.
Sandra, you are one smart cookie! Keep sending us photos of your fabulous work. I would love to follow your journey into our enchanted Gallery Glass world!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Amanda's Gallery Glass Enchanted Entrance

It is wonderful to know that our blog is read around the world. I got an inquiry from this lovely lady, Amanda, a few weeks ago and swapped emails for a couple of days, to discover that she lives in Australia. Here's how she found us and what she was encouraged to do--based on the information on our blog. Amazing, I couldn't have done it better myself!

Amanda writes, "Your site is what made me choose Plaid, when I was researching on the net to see what I should use! I’ve thrown myself into the deep end, choosing as my first project a massive stained glass window for our entrance. It’s almost done… just the rest of the sky to go (going to be a mix of clear, hologram glitter and etching)."
"I think the hardest bit was printing my design on a bunch of paper sheets and then sticky taping them together. I do all my design work on the computer so it made sense to do it with this one too."
It’s going to be facing inwards, in a little entrance to our house. So… not exactly inside like inside a house inside, but definitely protected (roof, walls). We don’t freeze down here, but it can get pretty hot. Hopefully it’ll cope. We don’t get very humid down here in the south either (not like the north of Australia) so that sounds like a good thing. I’ve got some redilead (that’s how I did the octagon) so I’ll see if I think the outside would look better with (the design outlined on) it. I will definitely send a photo when it’s in place. (I have told hubby I’m going to be ‘away’ that day - I don’t think I could cope with seeing it go in!!) I can’t wait to see what it looks like with light coming through it! By the way, Hubby’s grandmother wants to play with my paint now that I’ve told her about it - you may have another convert!"


"Here it is, I designed and painted the dragon for the new entrance to my house that we've just finished (the window edges are coming-- but I couldn't wait to send this!). I love 'real' lead-light glass but I didn't have time for classes and I definitely wanted to make something myself. After a bit of internet research I thought Gallery Glass would be my best go. A huge thanks to Carol for her blog and YouTube videos that made me think, eh, this might not be to hard! It was a super fun project and I'm itching to do some more."

Amanda's story is not typical. People often start with a small project, and gradually work up to their target - a window in their home. But occasionally a new beginner will just "go for it" like Amanda did--with incredible results. So what are YOU waiting for newbie glass crafters--start today, planning your next project. Good job, Amanda! We love it!




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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).