Tuesday, 20 May 2014

How To Create Your Own Stained Glass Painting

I love this craft and originally used it to create my final piece for my Art GCSE. This peacock design was a gift for my mum. It is a copy from a beautiful design I found online. I don't know who the original artist is but designs are available at: http://theenchantedgarden.net/ . If anyone knows the artist please let me know so I can include it.

1. I started with a blank pane of glass. I used the glass out of a cheap photo frame (please be careful).

2. If you are creating a stained glass piece from a picture, place it underneath the glass and use it as a stencil. Much easier than attempting to copy it freehand. :)

3. Now here is the secret, nail art pens. They really are brilliant and their uses are endless. Using your picture as a template create your basic outline.

4. Next ADD COLOUR. Rich, bold and bright colours look fab in the sun but pastels would also look lovely too. I used glass paints to do this and applied it using a thin paint brush.

TIP: try not to overload each section with glass paint. If you do, it will overfill and seep into the next section.

ANOTHER TIP: Wow so many tips, this one is pretty simple and maybe obvious but try mixing the colours. Despite looking quite oily they do actually mix and you can create lots of different shades. :)

5.Then just leave to dry. This may take some time and will need to be left overnight.

I really hope you have a go at this craft because it is great fun and looks beautiful in the sunshine. I would love to see your masterpieces and hear how you got on so please comment below. :)

Ps: I apologise that I haven't included any step by step photos, when I repeat this craft I will update this post.  

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