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Friday, August 22, 2014

Eve Goes "Pro" with Gallery Glass



One of the most gratifying services that our blog provides--is the showcase for the talents of our readers. Even had been following us for a while and I was pleasantly surprised to get this email yesterday.

"I was looking at some of the submissions that others ha shared with your Gallery Glass website. I thought I would share with you what I consider to be my very first "professional" Gallery Glass job. This kitchen window is in 1,000+ high-end penthouses; a community known as 'The Meridian" (which is nestled just behind Las Vegas Blvd. and the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.)
In each of The Meridian suites these windows are 21:x27" and they are not only unattractive, but also fail to provide enough privacy for their tenants from the people who walk by. I also attached an image which is an example of a modular window cling technique. I called it 'Ladies In Conversations'." 

What a beautiful piece!I love to share the directions that inspiration takes our wonderful Gallery Glass artists. This panel is somewhat contemporary in feel, but the clothing is reminiscent of Victorian styles. It certainly appeals to a large segment of our Gallery Glass enthusiasts. I appreciate how the portrait style subjects are layered into the colorful background. The shading of the clothing helps to define the figures. The faces show expression by their angle and placement, without the presence of leaded features--a good trick that's not easy to achieve.
Great job, Eve. Thank you for sharing your work. We would love to see other projects as you continue to develop your talent.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beat the Summer Heat with Gallery Glass

Here are some whimsical summer designs to cool you down and provide quality time with the kids and grandchildren. Everybody loves food and what better way to be creative than with these cool ice cream shapes and junk food. Add a few fun in the sun activities, and you have a prescription for a sizzling summer. These projects are fun for the young at heart--of all ages. Use the colors of your choice. I apologize for the visual aspects of the images. I took these designs straight from my loose leaf pattern book and they are not the best, but you can print them out and make them on the round blank plastic plates that you can buy from party store or you can alter them slightly to fit 8"x10" glass from old picture frames. Have fun with them.













 

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Gallery Glass Front Door that Speaks for Itself!

 

Jenifer blew me away with this one. Not only did she craft this fabulous front door and sidelights, but she drew the design. Wow! I love the abstract sun and rays breaking into rainbow colors. It makes quite a statement. The movement of the design is so beautiful, it brings tears to my eyes. Graceful lines are not easy to accomplish in a doorway and sidelights, because the sections are so far apart. Jenifer's talent for design is admirable. I wonder if she has formal training. If not, we can all eat our hearts out. Her natural talent is hard to beat. Here's what she says about the experience.
 
 
"I wanted to share a project I just finished on my front door. It is about 7 feet tall and 4.5 feet wide and so the pieces are rather large. I went through over 50 bottles of Gallery Glass to finish it. It took me about 4 months to draw, cut the Plexiglas, lead and then paint the three pieces."
 "I decided to paint on Plexiglas for a few reasons, one being there was no way I was going to be able to do all the work needed with it up in the wall. Two, I wanted the extra insulation that Plexiglas gives, which was the original reason for doing this--to add insulation to our rather large front entry way.
 

When I asked Jenifer if she drew the design, she elaborated some on the designing phase of some of her projects. I decided to include them with her story because (1) they are wonderful and (2) allowing you to see her creative process may prompt you to realize that your own efforts could turn out equally as well. Here are some of the steps she went through to complete her door design.

"Thank you so much for your praise. It is my own design. I based it on about three of my favorite art nouveau stained glass pictures. I wanted a sun burst that's rays turned colder as they moved away from the sun, but with pretty swirl --and since the piece was going to be so large (again, my door is over 7 foot tall) I needed a lot of detail work inside the sun and rays. "


"After doing the drawing, which took me about a month of tweaking to complete, I cut the Plexiglas and leaded the top piece first. The leading alone took a week. Coloring took me about three weeks. The side pieces ended up being about 84" tall and took over a month each to complete. All in all, I went through three large bottles of leading and over 50 bottles of Gallery Glass paint."


 

"This was, my first time to do the leading and painting. What a challenge! I learned the hard way that unless you have enough color to finish a whole working area, just don't! I am sure it's a rookie mistake, but I learned how to cut out my mistakes with efficiency. The doorway was a labor of love (and required a lot of patience from my husband). I am honored to be included in the Gallery Glass blog. I enjoy reading stories of others around the world who have contributed to the site. And I spent a lot of time watching the Gallery Glass videos on technique and application--over and over--every time I made a mistake, actually."

"This was not my first project to design. I have made mermaids (right) for my daughters and mother, and then a smaller sun for privacy at a rental we lived in. (above)"

"I was planning on doing another project in my dining room, but decided that since the space to be filled is a 5'x4' section, it is too simple of a plan. I expect to redraw it with TWO swirling peacocks, some day. Also here are some pictures of other designs that I never got around to actually making."









 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Estelle Creates a New Look with Gallery Glass

 
I'm excited for you to read about Estelle. She is an enthusiastic Gallery Glass fan who lives in Atlanta and was a frequent customer of our Plaid Outlet Store in Discover Mills at Suwanee, GA--which is closed, so don't rush out to find it. Here's what she says about her experience with Gallery Glass.

"I just had an AMAZING conversation with your customer service representative wherein she told me you have original GALLERY GLASS patterns from the 90's posted on your blog. I am OBSESSED with Gallery Glass!!! It is so much fun to work with!  I have a few photos of my finished pieces and I am working on more. I have used GALLERY GLASS in unconventional ways. I use it on decorator plates, vases and Plexiglas panels. GALLERY GLASS has always been user friendly for me. Even the original kit that allowed me to custom blend my colors was fun. I have used GALLERY GLASS to simulate outdoor scenery, windows on a set and to decorate my daughter's middle School showcase. Although you frown on it, I have also used GALLERY GLASS for the lower panel of my storm door. It's about six years old and still looks pretty good."


"My biggest challenges have been finding Ethnic images to use the GALLERY GLASS on. Fortunately, Paned Expressions had a solution. Plus, once we relocated to Georgia, I met a very talented artist who allowed me to interpret her work in GALLERY GLASS. I apologize for my photography but ENJOY!"


Now, that you've read her story, you can appreciate her enthusiasm. Her story could resemble yours. Many of you were introduced to Gallery Glass by QVC. I am eternally grateful to them for allowing us to develop so many sets of product that were unique and functional for the viewers. And you, the wonderful viewers of our show in the 90's allowed us to stay on the air. THANK YOU for being faithful back then. We had a good run. I have some other pictures of Estelle's amazing work to share. I especially like her use of color and texture in the picture at the top of this post. It's quite unusual. I also love her decorative plates. The one above has a special message that you can see in detail - at the end. It is good advice for all of us. Thanks, Estelle, for sharing your amazing story and your creative projects.






Privacy and Light - Over the Tub!

I have always felt that the second best place for Gallery Glass is in the bathroom. (The most popular location is entry windows.)  I wouldn't be completely fair if I didn't caution people about the humidity in a bathroom that can possibly be a problem. I personally have found that "normal" humidity is not a problem--it's the "extremes" that cause us to get letters. If you leave your windows open in all seasons, have teenagers that take 2 hr. showers, live in Alaska or in an equatorial country such as Brazil, you probably should not put Gallery Glass on your bathroom window--because these are "extremes". ALSO, if your window frequently runs with moisture or clouds over with condensation regularly--it is probably not a good candidate for Gallery Glass window treatments. However, if your window does not fall into any of these categories--you might be interested in this project.
A few weeks ago, I shared the story of the decorating projects that we took on for my daughter's home in Augusta. They are almost all accomplished, but we had saved the best for last. She had ordered a blind for the window because other windows in the home were a priority. AND, we couldn't decide exactly what we wanted to do--design wise. It took some time to live with the space and decide what she wanted to do in the room. It was apparent by the end of the first week that the blind was not going to work. The bathroom was too dark. Her bedroom is done with a "sea island" theme, so we started surfing for designs. When we found the palm fronds--we both agreed that it was perfect.

The window is divided into 4 large 21" square panes of glass, so it was tricky to get the palm leaves to extend from section to section. I drew lines through the original small design, then blew up each quadrant separately. I cut the squares from thin styrene that I had ordered from the Internet. It is less expensive than Plexiglas and I can cut it easily with a craft knife. I occasionally order boxes of pre-cut styrene from eBay (nuggetgirl1021) in the sizes that I most often use. The boxes of panels range from 5"x7" to 28"x32", but you have to special order the size you need, if you don't see it listed on her site. I cut these 4 panels from 24"x36" panels.


I used the off-cuts for the small panes to go over the shower and adapted one of the palms in the large design to fit the smaller panes.
We were happy with the results. She decided to leave the blind at the top of the window, and asked me to make a curtain to cover it. We had some upholstery fabric left over from the bathroom chair so, I bought some beaded trim and a pattern from JoAnn's fabrics to complete the treatment. Easy enough for a former Home Economics teacher.
You may have seen the story that I posted on June 24th that shows another design in the shower. I had made 4 clear panels for the shower window, so I cut them to fit the panes in the downstairs bath behind the kitchen. The only problem was that there are 8 panes in the window, so that means that 4 more had to be created to finish out the project. Will it NEVER END?