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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Terrifying Trio - on 6"x9" oval blanks

Maybe I should call them the Terrific Trio. They are so cute it makes you want to invite them in for a Trick or Treat snack. They are perfect for households with small children who might be frightened by really scary faces. Hang them in the front window and turn off the lights when the little neighborhood goblins start up the sidewalk. The faces will "glow" brightly, thanks to the use of Glow in the Dark Mod Podge for the complexions of Frankie and the Witch.

The only problem is--the 6"x9" blanks are discontinued. This does not put them out of the running as Halloween projects. When you are at the party store buying costume accessories and decorations, pick up some of the clear plastic plates in the large size. Enlarge the designs following the directions on the Message Board on the right side of the home page and create the designs on the plates. I prefer the scooped ones without the band around the side because it gives you more room for the designs. Then melt a hole in the top with a heated paper clip, ice pick or wood burning tool, and hang them with a orange ribbon or fishing line. You can also make the designs a little smaller as "Clings" and use them to decorate the windows on the front porch. They will be the envy of the neighborhood Mom's group!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Haunted House - created with Gallery Glass - 24"x36" Poster Frame

Last year I created this display for the Plaid Lobby. You still have some time to make it, if you are quick! I got the idea from a illustration but did some serious altering to make it suitable for leading and paint. Look closely at the original drawing. I enlarged the design many times on the copier to fit the poster frame and then altered the lines of the design as I leaded with a Tape Tip. Even before I painted it, I made some corrections to the "neighboring houses" that appeared in the lower corners. I leaded a bush to fill in the space. I also cleaned up some of the confusion in the sky among the branches--pulling some of them up and adding new lines that made more sense.
The problems I encountered during the painting phase were new challenges for me-- because I don't ever remember painting something that needed to look OLD! I'm not smart enough to "age" the project as I painted it, so I cheated. I painted it with normal colors, then I "distressed" it with Copper Metallic. Here is a picture of it before the distressing. As a co-worker pointed out--"it's too pretty, it makes you want to live there!" That's not a particularly desirable comment to have made about a Haunted House. So I began working to make it more ominous. I first took Copper Metallic and topically applied it to the porch railings in a random "woodgrain" pattern. Then, I decided that the concrete porch looked too clean, so I applied the CM in lines to look like boards. Then the door looked much too clean, so I streaked it on the door. Then I realized that the Copper Sparkle on the turret and the fishscale shingles was much too bright, so they were next. That only left the sides of the house and --you guessed it, CM, why not? Then the co-worker said that we needed at least one bat--so I added it to the less cluttered sky area.
I think that it looks appropriately scary. But don't let it SCARE you away from the project. You can do it. Let me know if you figure out how to do the distressing--as you go. I want to share your ideas with our readers, even though I'm sure that I don't want to attempt this subject again. It frightens me to think about it!

Now, don't you dare write in and tell me you liked it better BEFORE I distressed it!

FolkArt Extreme Glitter Supplies: 2797 Extreme Glitter Black, 2791 Extreme Glitter Purple, 2792 Extreme Glitter Red, 2794 Extreme Glitter Emerald, (red and green were mixed equally together to make a brown Extreme Glitter for the tree.
Gallery Glass Supplies: 16004 Sunny Yellow, 16005 Orange Poppy, 16003 Cameo Ivory, 16096 Celedon Green, 16459 Italian Sage, 17054 Copper Metallic (discontinued), 16422 Copper Sparkle, 16421 Silver Sparkle (discontinued), 16094 Champagne, 16024 Ivy Green, 16076 Black Liquid Leading.
Sorry, I didn't color key the pattern, but this is basically what I did. The tree is all Extreme Glitter. I mixed the Red and Emerald together to get a brown because EG doesn't come in brown. Then alternated between the Black and "Brown" on the trunk. The grooves were done with Purple.
The railings are Cameo Ivory. The walls are Celedon Green and the door is Italian Sage. The porch floor is Silver Sparkle. The fishscale shingles and turret are Copper Sparkle and the roof is Copper Metallic. Windows are Sunny Yellow and Orange Poppy. Distressing is Copper Metallic and the background is Champagne. (Charcoal might have been a better choice for sky.)
In case you're wondering about the "green" pattern. The styrene still had the green plastic on the back.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Eve's Spooky (and fabulous) Halloween Clings


You were introduced to Eve's amazing talent in August with "Eve Goes Pro with Gallery Glass" (see below). The post explains how she had done a window for a neighbor that included the residence number. We corresponded by email and I learned that she had a "Clings" board on Pinterest, which she shared with me. Of course, I knew that you, our wonderful readers, would enjoy seeing more of her awesome creativity in the blog, so I asked her to share some of her original artwork with us --in time for Halloween! I also invited Eve to share the back story of how she got into Gallery Glass, etc. Here are her words and some of her fabulous creations.
"To answer your question about how I started making clings, it all began back in 2004/2005  That summer, it was UNUSUALLY hot, so hot in fact that we were trying to block as much sunlight as possible from coming into the condo. We were issued a warning citation for covering our windows with unapproved colored material and I was getting desperate to figure out a way to customize some sort of window covering that contained the 3 approved HOA colors (tan, mauve & powder blue). One day, I happened to see a Palladian window in the same complex as ours that looked like stained glass and it was fabricated with the approved colors mandated by our HOA. I knocked on the door to inquire about the window & the woman who answered the door basically introduced me to the whole Gallery Glass world!"

"Back then I was NOT a craft person what-so-ever! I was extremely intimidated about attempting to fabricate anything. But the summer subsided and I still wanted to try my hand at making Clings. I first tried the pre-leaded Redi-Lead shapes (the roses and flowers) but after finishing one, I was dissatisfied with how the design looked. So, I got a little braver and began practicing making my own leading. I followed the suggestion of taking a plain piece of ruled paper and placing it under a leading blank. After practicing the lead lines and making several mediocre clings, I mastered the technique of holding my hand above the surface and "dropping the leading".

"At first, I made the clings for friends and family.  They loved them so much that they convinced me to try & sell them. My first foray into selling my Clings was at our local swap meet. I focused on making holiday designs and I sold all the inventory, but in retrospect I completely undersold myself and practically gave them away! I guess that is typical for a budding "artist"- it seems like we are always the last one to see the worth of our craft." 

"A good friend of mine suggested Craig's List and I got started!! I did receive a decent response to my ad.  I plan to have a garage sale in a few weeks when the heat dies down, so I'm furiously working on fabricating holiday-themed clings to display and sell."
"I am estimating that my Entire cling catalog has in excess of 150+ Cling designs. I have them categorized in my PC and titled in special main folders such as: Holidays, People, Places, Animals, Floral, Creatures and Miscellaneous (these are usually geometric patterns or symbols --example: the universal Japanese symbol that expresses friendship). Then I have separate sub-folders for each specific category (Animals would have separate sub-folders such as dog cat, birds, Of the Ocean, etc.) I am so jazzed that I devised this organized photo cling cataloging literally on the first day I completed my very first cling! The ability to share with you specific images as they fit a particular need or season is going to be so easy. It will give me the ability to share my clings as I need them--pertaining to time frames, seasons, etc."
I'm so glad that Eve was generous enough to share her talented creations with us. If you click on the attachment, you can print out the pattern and have some of these whimsical Clings for your seasonal decorations. Become inspired by Eve's story--remember, she wasn't even crafty--but she systematically set out to learn a new skill. Maybe you have a family member who NEEDS a new interest. Buy them some leading and the basic colors of Gallery Glass--and see what happens. They could become as passionate about Clings as our Eve! You never know!



Thursday, October 9, 2014

Serious Halloween Pumpkin for Kids

If you have have kids in your home, you probably want to go for the real jack-o-lantern effect with your glass art. Here is a quick, easy pumpkin that the kids can HELP you paint. And to create best feature--if you use the CS15128 Glow in the Dark Mod Podge for the eyes, nose and mouth, they will glow in the dark when the lights go out. You can mix a little Sunny Yellow with the Mod Podge to brighten it up. Sure to become their favorite Halloween decoration, you can save it for next year, just by placing it in a plastic bag and storing it in a cool place.
One of the best things about this pumpkin is that it uses an 8x10" panel--could be glass from a photo picture frame. The outside edge is outlined with Redi-Lead because it is hard to keep a bead of Liquid Leading up on the edge. It keeps wanting to slide over the side. The hole was melted into the center of the top so that a ribbon could be slipped through for hanging. There are several tools for hole burning. I prefer a wood burning tool, but you can also use a heated large paper clip held with a potholder, so you won't burn your fingers.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Black Cat and Pumpkin Gallery Glass

I thought this was a cute black cat, if there is such a thing--aren't black cats supposed to be bad luck? Maybe, but hopefully this one won't bring anything but crowds of admiring "trick or treat-ers" to your door on Halloween. This panel uses some alternate Gallery Glass finishes combined with the traditional paint.
The first special product that I love for Gallery Glass is Extreme Glitter in the 2 oz. size. I used the Black Extreme Glitter for the Cat. It is opaque, but has that slight glint to it--reminds me of a cat's glistening fur coat. Then I used the Red and the Orange Extreme Glitter for the pumpkin--blending them to create the illusion of roundness. You can use Orange Poppy and Pumpkin Orange, if you don't want to go out and buy the extreme Glitter. But I encourage you to buy all  14 colors in the store or from <>. They are wonderful additions when you want a metallic sparkle to your Gallery Glass projects.
I put more alternatives in the supplies list. In case you don't have the discontinued Glow in the Dark Mod Podge, Glow Away will work just as well, but don't let it get splashed after the project is cured and be careful cleaning the finished panel, because Glow Away will wash away with water, but it has significant glowing power and for that reason, it is an alternative. You might paint the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin with 16004 Sunny Yellow and let it dry, then put a coating of the Glow Away over the cured coating of yellow. That way, you will have a very yellow glow to your pumpkin's features. I put kitty on a 12" circle, which I happen to have a lot of, but you can put the design on a piece of glass from an 11"x14" picture frame.

Supplies List:
2797 Black Extreme Glitter
2774 Red Extreme Glitter or 16005 Orange Poppy
2793 Orange Extreme Glitter or 16429 Pumpkin Orange
16002 Snow White
16004 Sunny Yellow
16005 Orange Poppy
16008 Kelly Green
16024 Ivy Green
16035 Lime Green
16095 Black Onyx
16429 Pumpkin Orange
16001 or 16081 Crystal Clear
CS15128 Glow in the Dark Mod Podge or 5042 Glow Away