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Thursday, February 24, 2011

More Celtic Projects with Gallery Glass

Early Christians of Ireland were quick to adopt the Celtic style into their religious artwork. Here, two motifs exemplify the simple beauty of the Celtic cross. The circle around the center of the cross is one of the distinctive features of Celtic style. These two can be done as Clings, or enlarged to fit on the 8"x10" styrene panels.

To add to the Celtic flavor of a room, what better accessory tha a Braided Candle Shade? This lovely green project would go well with a St. Patrick's Day theme. It is larger than you would think because you cover most of 2 leading blanks with paint and then lace the short sides together with leather laces.  After constructing the elliptically shaped shade, place it around a votive candle for a moody glow.

Now let's explore something really off the grid! Let's do a Celtic door and sidelight Makeover (Yeah)! Now, granted, not everyone has a breathtaking wooded view when they open their front door. But if you have a solid door, you are probably well aware of how dark, your entry hall has become. And even if you have wonderful sidelights on both sides of the solid door, the light disappeared when you sourced out some kind of narrow sidelight window covering so that you could have privacy. Instead of being the most welcoming area of the home, it has become the most depressing. Solution, buy a new door! They are not very expensive if you buy just the door without all the framing, and paint or stain the door, yourself. You can also do the sidelights to match, once the door is finished. We're showing a full view door, but the garden door type with glass in the top half will be a big improvement over the solid door. You can use just the top half of the design.
If you are buying a new door, you can do the Gallery Glass motif on it BEFORE it is installed. But if you already have a door that has glass in it, or if you decide that just doing the sidelights would help immensely for the time being, then you will have to do them using the Vertical Application Method. Details of the various Application Methods can be found under Project Categories - Window Makeovers on the right side of the this home page. There is also another alternative applicaton method--the Modular Method. The intricate parts of the design will be done as a "Cling" then peeled up from the reusable surface and pressed on he glass of the sidelights, then the clear bachground and border colors are applied directly to the glass. This holds the clings on the window permanently. See More Celtic Projects - Patterns and Color Keys for directions.

I hope you have enjoyed our international Design Tour of the Celtric Category. We will study another country or group in the near future. Have fun adding these wonderful Celtic projects to your St. Patrick's Day decorating scheme.


  1. What is the best way to store my GG bottles of paint? Upside down or right side up?

    I have a tip to offer - Using an inexpensive clear plastic plate, put a circle of all paint colors on the plate and allow it to dry. Label each color for a quick reference on future projects. I like having the dry color reference handy.

  2. It's a toss up. Upside down prevents "skinning" inside the bottle above the paint line--the skin will probably come out as a clog. However, storing them upside down may cause "free flowing" and you may not be ready for it to free flow into the tiny little space you are trying to fill. I store mine right side up, but just because I don't like the risk that some might not have lids on tight. has a portable 2 sided paint bottle caddy organizer that holds 48 bottles. It's made of wood and opens out "L" shaped with a carry handle on top (#15981 - $14.99). Problem is--I have hundreds of bottles of paint and would need about 5 of them. There are only 55 active colors, so you could probably put one bottle of each in the rack and keep the other stored.
    Also, love your idea for color chart on plastic plate. And I'm glad you brought up the color chart and how beneficial it is. Months ago, I created a pattern for a color chart that I will share in a post. I use it ALL the time when I am choosing colors for a project. It is not always easy to remember which colors are transparent and which ones are opaque.