Starting my first project in our new home and thought it might be fitting for a blog or for those who might like to see an easy way to add a bit of art to their home. All you need is a window like this one. Not a very large one and its in our master bathroom so it was a good first choice to add a little privacy as well.
When you select your window you begin by drawing your image. Using the tube of leadline, which you squeeze out like a tube of cake decoration you draw out the borders of you picture. I drew this in about twenty minutes, however when I first started I would take the time to trace out my image on paper which I would tape to the back of the window to use as a guide. Be careful not to rub into the wet leadline while tracing your image as it can get very messy, very quick. But don’t worry, it’s water soluble while still wet and cleans up easily.
When the leading has dried you can begin to add the tubes with colors to the window. Starting from the top you slowly squeeze out the stain and swirl it on to the window and work your way to the bottom of the section your filling. Again, be careful not to touch wet areas. It happens, and like the leadline, the colors are also water soluble. I try to do a color, let it dry, then add my next color or work on sections the don’t touch each other. This helps to keep things clean and if I get a glob that runs down its easier to fix if its not mixing with other wet colors.
Above you can see the bottom glass is dark. The paint is still wet surrounding the birds. Below the paint has dried and looks just like stained glass. Still need to finish the window and will add that photo when its done, but what your looking at here took about 5 hours of time over two days. Real easy and fun and most important it’s a very inexpensive way to add some stained glass to your home.