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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Window Book- Bring the Outdoors In

In the Summer, all minds turn to the warmer weather, flowers and birds. That's when most people discover an uncontrollable urge to get out in the garden and get their hands dirty. Gallery Glass can create that wonderful "outdoor" feeling at any time of year, as seen in this mock Gazebo effect created with just one repeating pattern. It is a surprisingly simple, but a very elegant design. You could add flowers to the pattern, but I liked it without any--the possibilities of color enhancement are therefore limitless. My main objective was to avoid the purchase of expensive window treatments. It would have been costly to cover 5 large windows, but I really needed privacy because the breakfast area faced a public road beyond the yard. You want to feel free to eat your morning meal in your bathrobe--once and a while.
The latticework borders at the top and bottom of each sash enhance the gazebo feeling of this octagonal room. The center areas can be left unpainted to expose an attractive view. The recommended technique is the vertical method of application. See the bottom of this post for details of the 3 techniques used in this book. You can follow instructions on the message board for printing out the instructions--or the pictures to use for a pattern.

Gazebo Repeating Pattern - Divide the width of the window in equal parts (like 3 or 4) and enlarge the pattern to that width. You don't want to have part of a pattern on the edge. These windows were very wide and I enlarged the pattern to 9.5 inches. When estimating Redi-Lead, measure the amount needed for one segment of pattern and multiply it by the number of times it will be repeated in all the windows. This dining area had 5 identical windows. You could also do this pattern on 1/8th inch plexiglas and use a glazing gun or push points to hold them in place. However, that would be a significant expense. Panels for 5 windows would cost about $200. So the simplicity of this design makes an excellent candidate for Vertical application technique that allows you to put it directly on the glass that is already in the window.
Gallery Glass Colors: 16002 Snow White, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16081 Crystal Clear, 16076 Black Liquid Leading or Redi-Lead.

HELPFUL HINTS ON MOISTURE: Control the humidity as much as possible in your home after your painted windows have dried, initially. High humidity and rainy days can make Gallery Glass Window Color paints look cloudy (especially the Crystal Clear paint). Once the humidity drops, the cloudiness will go away. Air circulation and warmer air are conducive to clearer windows. Open bathroom doors after showers, use central heat and air rather than space heaters, and don't open your windows in humid weather. You can also use a hair dryer to clear a window--set the dryer on its lowest setting and, holding it 6 to 10" from the surface, move the air across the window until it the cloudiness clears.
Wait for a dry day to create a Window Color project. Rainy days and high humidity can cause problems. Even if your windows are dry to the touch, having too much moisture in the air can keep the paint from drying indefinitely, because moisture will get trapped under the paint. It will eventually clear after an extended period of dry weather, but it takes a lot longer since the moisture is trapped under cured paint.
The Victorian Swirl pattern was enlarged so the width fits the dimensions of these bedroom windows. An extra white border was added, top and bottom, to fill the remaining space. Use the vertical method. Gallery Glass colors: Crystal Clear, 8 oz. #16081, Clear Frost #16022, Gold Sparkle #16019, Denim Blue #16010, Snow White #16002. 
Classical Urns - These Classical Urns can be used as free-hanging window decorations or framed art. This bathroom window was created by taping the three designs together and framing them with lines drawn to create perspective and a trompe l'oeil garden effect. Using this photo as a guide, adjust the patterns to fit your window. Draw the perspective lines to the window corners. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear 8 oz. #16081, Snow White #16002, Cameo Ivory #16003, Sunny Yellow #16004, Orange Poppy #16005, Canyon Coral #16006, Cocoa Brown #16007, Kelly Green #16008, Emerald Green #16009, Amber #16020, Ivy Green #16024.

Cherubs Mirror can be created on clear glass OR on a mirror, as shown. Use horizontal application. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear #16001, Snow White #16002, Cameo Ivory #16003, Kelly Green #16008, Clear Frost #16022, Ivy Green #16024
Country Tulips - Cheerful yellow tulips accented with blue are a sunny accent. Use the complete tulip design on the top half of the window. Invert the design and use the mirror image for the bottom half. Use Vertical Application. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear #16001, Snow White #16002, Sunny Yellow #16004, Denim Blue #16010, Slate Blue #16013,Clear Frost #16022.

Grapes and Magnolias was created to fit this 36" door. It has a strongly classical feeling that enhances the traditional feeling of the foyer. It also provides privacy and light to an otherwise vulnerable space. Can you imagine the view visitors would get from the porch--without the Gallery Glass? Use Vertical Application. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear 8 oz. #16081, Cameo Ivory #16003, Cocoa Brown #16007, Kelly Green #16008, Amethyst #16014, Rose Quartz #16016, Magenta Royale #16017, Clear Frost #16022, Ivy Green #16024.

Fruit and Swag Border - This versatile Swag Border was done using the modular technique. The wide swags were used across the top of the window and the narrow swags were used on the sides. You can use floral motifs to tie them together, as well. Gallery Glass Colors:
Crystal Clear 8 oz. #16081, Snow White #16002, Canyon Coral 16006, Kelly Green #16008, Denim Blue #16010, Amethyst #16014,  Ruby Red #16015, Magenta Royale #16017, Amber #16020, Clear Frost #16022, Ivy Green #16024.

Fleur De Lis - The border design was repeated several times top and bottom. To create the diamonds, draw crossed diagonal lines to fill the remaining space on your windows. Use Vertical Method. Gallery Glass Colors: Cameo Ivory #16003, Gold Sparkle #16019, Clear Frost #1022, Crystal Clear, 8 oz. 16081.

Water Lilies - The Water Lily elements can be repeated or overlapped. A simple border finishes the window. Use the Modular Method. Gallery Glass Colors: Crystal Clear, 8 oz. #16081, Kelly Green #16008, Denim Blue #16010, Rose Quartz #16016, Berry Red #16023, Ivy Green #16024.

Classic French Door - The corners of this design can be adapted to fit almost any size pane. Remaining outer panes should be filled in with straight border sections. If your door has three or more panes in each row, fill the center ones with Crystal Clear Window Colors.

Close-ups of Individual Windows shown above for patterning purposes.





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  2. Colorful and very well presented.Please keep it up.

  3. These windows are absolutely stunning. I've always loved stain glass windows. My husband and I want to do some remodeling, and I think it would be great to replace the glass in our windows with glass like this. I'll have to talk to my husband about it and see what he thinks.

    Susan Hirst |

  4. Oh wow. What a lovely idea. That is such a beautiful group of pictures. I really want to see if I can follow your suggestions and duplicate this effect in my own home. I know just the perfect space where I could put such windows. I can only imagine how lovely it will look in my house.

    Fred Richardson @ SGK Home Solutions

  5. I had no idea something like this existed. It's an amazing way to change the whole look of a room, and very creative. The Victoria Swirl pattern looks like a beautiful stained glass window, with its detail, and style of design. Love the flowers; these would look great in my house, because we get very cold winters here, so it might brighten the place up.

    Doug Lowe @ M & M Glass

  6. Absolutely brilliant! And it looks SO pretty!!! thanks for sharing.

    Universal Windows Las Vegas
    Casement and Awning Windows

  7. Love the products and I’m having so much fun. Just wanted to see if I Can apply some kind of polyurethane or appoxy over the Gallery Glass to protect it. Even after a long period of time, it is very soft and gets dented or scratched easily.