Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Stained Glass Memories

Winter always reminds me of stained glass windows from time spent in the church of my childhood. I even loved how the simple frosted windows inside our poorly insulated country home seemed to shine like the grand cathedral windows I saw touring Europe. Two Quotes about stained glass windows are the inspiration for this artwork.

Some days seem to fit together like a stained glass window. A hundred little pieces of different color and mood that, when combined, create a complete picture. Maggie Stiefvater

The easiest thing to do is throw a rock. It's a lot harder to create a stained glass window. I used to get upset at the people who threw rocks but now I'd rather spend my time building the stained glass windows. Jon Foreman
1.  Paint all of GSLC pieces with black acrylic paint and a paintbrush. I am using 2 Arabian Frames, 1 8 inch Arch Frame, Phone Holder, and Gothic 6 inch border.
2.   Use Versa Mark and Ice Resin Enamels Chartreuse, Copper Glitz, Tarnished Bronze, and Torched Copper, and a Heating Tool to randomly distress outside frames and gothic fence.

3.  Tone it all down with a glaze of matte varnish and Quinacridone Gold Acrylic Paint.
4.  Carefully make photo copies of stained glass windows to fill the frames you have just embossed.
5.  Make transparencies of stained glass window patterns once again make sure they will fit inside your frames.
6.  Use a marker to outline your images and transparencies and cut out carefully.
7.  Glue Stained Glass images to back portion of frames.
8.  Use a black sharpie to distress the edges of each image.
9.  Now add the stained glass pattern transparencies on top of these images once again edging the sides with a black sharpie.
10.                Use Weldbond to glue top frame portion onto stained glass sandwiches.
11.                Use clamps to hold frames securely in place.
12.                Once dry use small screws and a screwdriver to assemble your stained glass triptych.
13.                This will now be secured to the back section of the GSLC Phone holder using a hand drill to make holes and secure with small screws and screwdriver.
14.                Place the back portion of the GSLC holder gluing with Weldbond.
15.                To further secure and add stability I applied a hinge to the back using small screws and a screwdriver.
16.                Glue Gothic Border to front portion of GSLC Phone holder cut off extra portions.
17.                Clamp together securing into place.
18.                Glue this into the slots provided.
Some final thoughts.
In a  recent post I quoted Robert Frost. Her is my Favorite Winter Poem by him:

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep!
Supplies:  Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Arabian Triptych, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Arch Top Triptych 8 Inch, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Gothic Border 6 Inch, Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts-Tablet/Ipad/Phone Holder, Paintbrush, Black Acrylic Ink, Versa Mark Ice Resin Enamels Chartreuse, Copper Glitz, Tarnished Bronze, and Torched Copper, Heating Tool, Quinacridone Gold Acrylic Paint, DecoArt DuraClear Matte Varnish, Photo Copies of Stained Glass, Transparencies of Stained Glass Patterns,  Black Sharpie, Weldbond, Marker For Tracing, Clamps, Hinges, Small Screws, Screwdriver, Hand Drill,
I cannot wait to see your interpretation of this project. Share it on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Craft Group Page on Facebook. I would love to see what new creations you are working on!

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