Stained Glass–Lead Came

My first lead came project: I love it!

When I took my first stained glass class in the fall of 2015, I was sure I would never attempt another stained glass project.  But, never say never. Once my little sun catchers were hanging in my dining room window, I was bewitched by their beauty.

To make a long story short, over the past year,  I have taken four workshops and have to my credit, two copper foil sun catchers, one lead came sun catcher (pictured above) and two glass-on-glass (GOG) on antique windows. The GOG windows were free form and I just created them as I went along. They look so pretty in my garden! The first one I made is called Flower Garden, (how creative is that?) and the second one is called Earth, wind and fire

And now, just for fun, here are some photos of our lead came workshop. On the left, don’t I look gorgeous? The photo on the right shows our instructor, Tim, demonstrating how to add Black Patina to our project to chemically blacken, or age, the lead came. It’s very messy and the fine powder creates a dust that makes it necessary to wear masks and safety glasses at this stage of the project (regular eye glasses will do, too).

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be taking another stained glass workshop on April 22; it’s a much more advanced and intricate piece, but I’m keeping it as a surprise. Drop in during the last week of April to see what’s new.

If you are a card-maker or you’re crazy for crochet, you might enjoy browsing through Globug Ideas for some new ideas and inspiration.

Have a wonderful day!

A froggie get-well card

Isn’t it great when you find just the right image for the card you’re making? 

My cousin, Pierre, is in the hospital and I wanted to make him a cheery get-well card. I took my inspiration from this comical froggie king statue that he posted to Facebook. A quick look in my digis library and up popped a frog wearing a crown. Yay!  

So, here’s how I created my little froggie card…

  • traced and detached the frog digi, using my Silhouette Cameo
  • traced and cut out a lily pad, a free image that I found using Google Search
  • created the square background using a blue polka dot background from my Silhouette library
  • coloured the frog with my Copic markers…now, here comes the fun part…
  • after colouring the frog, I used a Copic colourless blender to create lighter spots on the frog, then
  • I turned the frog over, wrong side up and, using a foam mat and an embossing tool (see photo below) I made depressions all over my little froggie king; when I turned it right side up, those little depressions appeared as bumps…the photo below shows the embossing tools and the black sponge mat.

Embossing tools and a sponge mat are very inexpensive and are must-haves in every paper-crafting studio.

After gluing the lily pad to the front of my card, I then added a “Wobble Spring” to the back of the frog and attached it to the lily pad. A little flick of the finger and the frog wiggles and wobbles.

 

 

 

 

 

I always finish the inside and back of my cards to match the front. A funny quote on the inside left panel should bring a smile to my cousin’s face.

No Globug Ideas card is  finished until it has my logo on the back.

So, that’s it for today. I hope my froggie card has inspired you to make a card for someone special in your life.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you stop in again, soon.

Gloria

Mostly Copic with a dash of Prismacolor and a sprinkling of gel pen

Mostly Copic with a dash of  Prismacolor and a sprinkling of gel pen.

I love this Power Poppy image, Everything’ Rosy. I have coloured it several times, using various colours and techniques. In this image, I added a dash of white gel pen to the edges, let’s call it artistic licence. That’s what’s so great about art, you are free to create, add, delete or alter your work any way the mood hits you.

Thanks, so much, for dropping by. I hope you will visit again, soon.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Gloria

I love my Copics more, everyday!

I love my Copics more, everyday!

I have always enjoyed colouring. In fact, I had “adult” colouring books, such as Fashion through the ages and English cottages, back in the 1990’s, before colouring became the new way to relax. Back then, I had a box of inexpensive coloured pencils and the most one could say about my coloured pictures is that they were…coloured. I didn’t know anything about shadows, shading, blending and other special effects.

Fast forward to 2017

I have been using Copic markers for about five years. I have taken a few Copic workshops and would have taken more, but they only come to my home town of Ottawa, Canada, every couple of years. That said, there are many things you can do and many resources available to help you take your colouring from basic to beautiful; from simple to spectacular. Following are some tips that have really helped me. I hope they help you, too.

  • watch free on-line tutorials–there are thousands;
  • be inspired by others’ work;
  • CASE (Copy and Share Everything)–that’s what crafters do;
  • experiment with your Copic markers to discover new and creative ways to take your work to the next level;
  • when buying digital images or stamps, be inspired by the coloured samples on the websites; a great one is Power Poppy, which shows samples by several artists for each digital image;
  • visit digital stamp sites, such as Vanilla Arts Co., which offers a free monthly digital image that comes with a speed colouring video and a “recipe” showing which media and colours were used (e.g., Copic markers, Prismacolor pencils, etc.);
  • experiment with blending colours and make notes on which colour combos blend well together;
  • keep track of which Copic markers you have by using the Copic Color Chart or Sandy Allnock’s Copic Hex Chart;
  • follow Facebook fan pages for Copic artists, such as Sandy Allnock, Vanilla Arts Co., Mo’s Digital Pencil, to name just a few.

And a few final tips…

  • if you don’t use your Copic markers regularly, the tips will dry out and will have to be replaced. At a cost of about $7.50 USD for a package of three, it can get expensive.
  • Copic Sketch markers have a shelf life of about three years, whether or not they are used unless, of course, you fill them regularly so that they don’t dry out;
  • to avoid having to buy a large quantity of Copic Various Ink Refills at one time, I always buy a marker and a refill together.
  • keep your markers in good shape by cleaning your markers and marker caps regularly.

I hope you find these tips useful. I’d love to hear and share any tips you might have about any aspect of paper crafting, Copic art, Prismacolor art, or just about anything else you can think of.

That’s it for this time. Thanks for dropping by!

Gloria

Copic Airbrush System

Copic Airbrush System

I just bought my first Copic Airbrush System! I chose the ABS-1N, which includes everything I need to become an airbrushing pro…well, that and a little practice. Here’s what’s in the kit: 

  • Air Grip
  • Air Adaptor
  • Air Can 180 (40-45 minutes of air time)
  • Air Hose
  • Air Can Holder

I tried it today on a pretty image called Pure Prairie Bouquet by Marcella Hawley of Power Poppy. I used a digital image, which I sized to a fit on a 5″x5″ piece of cardstock (the finished card is 6″x6″). I then printed out two copies and sent one copy through my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a “mask.” A mask is an cut-out duplicate of the image you want to colour. I placed it directly over the image, and then used my airbrush to create a blue background.

Let’s Add a Special Effect

To create a special effect, I put a few drops of Copic Colorless Blender on the corner of an old facecloth and dabbed it over the airbrushed area.

Next, I removed the mask and coloured the image with my Copic markers.

Here’s how it turned out… I would love to hear your comments and creative suggestions.

Pure Prairie Bouquet