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Monday, April 16, 2012

Religious Projects with Gallery Glass

These designs first appeared in one of Plaid's Gallery Glass books as a plate design to display on a plate stand. I don't have plates or stands in my craft room, so, I worked up the sample on a 12" round chain-wrapped plexi blank, and that coordinated it with the cross project. This required that I alter the color scheme so that the main colors would be repeated in both pieces. This pair would make nice hangings in a church community class room or in your own window for certain holidays that are more religious--like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
As I have stated many times before, I love to paint food, and the "Daily Bread" plaque certainly qualifies as a food project. I thought that the wheat was a little wierd since you don't really eat it, but the colors work well with the other motifs. The turquoise cross coordinates with the crown on the other plaque. The gold glitter adds a touch of elegance for the border around the cross and also alternated with gold sparkle in the dove picture's crown motif. The fruit colors are repeated as jewels in the crown. You don't have to repeat every color. The white dove is unique and so is the cocoa brown bread. The biggest mistake that Beginners make is using too many colors in a project. Just because you have over 50 bottles of paint, doesn't mean you have to -- use them all. So remember when you are planning out the design, that "Less is More"!

First, the design must be leaded and I am lucky to have a stash of the chain-wrapped 12" blanks, that I could use. If you wish to create these designs, you may want to source out the surface before enlarging the pattern. You could use an 11"x14" poster frame, but I would shave 1/2" off the sides of the circle and keep the size of the design 12" . The wheat detail will get too tedious to lead if you shrink the design much smaller than that. 
For a bigger project, you could center these round designs on a  12"x18" poster frame, if you draw a border around the perimeter that runs under the circle on the sides and fills up the space at the bottom and top of the rectangle. This border also gives you a chance to repeat more of the colors, or you could use etching for the border (see Tulips and Eggs project, below). If you are a proficient leader, you can use shrink the design smaller and put it on a clear glass or plastic plate.  
However, before you can paint, you must lead the design. Let's see a show of hands out there--how many of you would rather lead than paint? Aha--nobody, right? That's because you are not following my seasoned advice. Stop reading and go directly to Leading Tips, listed over on the right of this home page. Promise me you will try the tape tip, please!!!!

Dove Pattern 12" Round
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16008 Kelly Green, 16024 Ivy Green, 16035 Lime Green, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16002 Snow White, 16021 Pearl White, 16440 Gold Glitter, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16015 Ruby Red, 16457 Plum, 16036 Turquoise, 16426 Light Brown, 16014 Amethyst, 16017 Magenta Royale

Our Daily Bread Pattern
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16008 Kelly Green, 16024 Ivy Green, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16007 Cocoa Brown, 16440 Gold Glitter, 16019 Gold Sparkle, 16015 Ruby Red, 16036 Turquoise, 16426 Light Brown, 16020 Amber, 16014 Amethyst, 16017 Magenta Royale

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