Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jane Burden Morris - In Clay

I just wanted to see her in three dimensions. So I made her out of clay. Well not quite. First. I made her out of WAX. That's because was is a stiffer material, and this stiffness makes it easier to create a complex shape without worrying about some masses like the large shoulders drying at a different rate than the narrow neck, or the neck being too soft to support the head. From this wax model, I created a rubber mold encased in plaster. The wax model was extracted from the mold by steam melting. I pressed a layer of clay against the inside of the mold, and I have to say I had to try 3 times to engineer a way for the clay to dry evenly enough to safely remove the clay figure from its mold. That was quite tricky, but I got it. Victory! Now I can smooth the clay surface (something that would have been difficult to do on the wax model) at this stage.

Having a mold means that I could make many copies!

She's still moist and pliable at the moment, she needs a nice slow drying before she hits the kiln.

Jane Burden Morris

Jane Burden Morris

Jane Burden Morris

Jane Burden Morris

Jane Burden Morris

Poppy Seed Heads - Victorian Style

Here is a simple glass painting pattern in a formal Victorian style, yet inspired by nature. The poppy seed heads are an unusual subject with understated grace.

Click on the image to reach the pattern page:

Friday, March 23, 2012

Maybe The Last of Jane Burden Morris?

This COULD be the last. I don't know. I don't know if I can stop myself if I come across another photograph. I confess to be in the process of making a 3D clay figure of her. The clay is drying right now, it should be ready in a few weeks. I will post pictures when she's done.

Click on the image to reach the pattern page:

Jane Burden Morris

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jane Burden Morris... Another One!

I still haven't exhausted the subject. I am working on two more. This is the first of a new trio:

Click on the image to reach the pattern page:

Jane Burden Morris

New website launched

This new website is devoted exclusively to stained glass painting patterns.

There is only ONE pattern right now. More will be added in the next few months. Click on the logo to check it out:

Remember to sign up for my brand new Twitter feed to receive notifications of new patterns on your mobile device:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Stained Glass Patterns - Preliminary Sketches

I currently have 22 more "victorian botanicals" in the pipeline.

Before I hand-draw and digitize them, I draw up a quick sketch while I'm watching TV... here are a few of them:

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Back In The Swing Of Things

And now for a couple of glass painting patters of Jane Burden Morris. It looks like an obsession, but now I feel that I have exhausted the subject. I will make these two in glass sometime this year - numbers 15, 17 and 18. I plan to make these out of clear textured glass only, no color, just some tracing black and grisaille. The thumbnails are colored mostly to show people where the glass pieces are.
Jane Burden Morris
Jane Burden Morris

The patterns can be found on this Jane Burden Morris Glass Painting Patterns page.


I haven't drawn any patterns for a whole year, and now I'm back in the game. Why did the drive dry up, why did it return? I have no idea, it just came and went, I have no choice but to roll with it.

Maybe I felt taken for granted, haha!

Here is a glimpse into future plans.

I want to continue working on glass painting patterns. Not because they are popular, but because I'm hoping that the availability of ready-made patterns will encourage glass enthusiasts to learn the technique. It opens up the door to so much creativity! This larger amount of possibilities, however, is just like a larger blank page; it's even more daunting and intimidating. It's a public service for the greater good of the craft.

I enjoyed the recent series of Victorian Botanicals, and plan to do many more in the future.
  • Peony
  • Lady's Slipper
  • Helleborus
  • Anemone
  • Viola
  • Uvuvula
  • Jack In The Pulpit
  • Fern
  • Primula
  • Incarvillea
  • Iris
  • Clematis
  • Papaver
  • Meconopsis
  • Hosta
  • Stink Cabbage
  • Oak Leaves and Acorns
  • Maple Leaves and Samaras

    I'm also considering adding some glass painting to some of these that have a lot of delicate details.

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Glass Cactus Garden for Your Windowsill

    Visit the SPECIAL PROJECT PAGE on for an assortment of exotic cacti and succulents to place in a clay pot and feature on the windowsill. Knobs can be made by dropping solder without flux on the cleaned leaned lines, and spines can be made with wire or other creative means.

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Painted Glass Suncatchers

    Scroll down this page of painted glass suncatchers to find a new series of cartoon animals with a modern graphic touch. These patterns require fired paints. Consider the patterns suggestions, and use grisailles, matte, enamels and silver stain to your heart's content.

    If you use Art Of Stained Glass's Online Pattern Resizer and Printer, the circles in the patterns should print in a consistent size from one pattern to the next. ART OF STAINED GLASS provides glass painting instructions.

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Victorian Stained Glass Patterns

    Click here for the pattern page for Victorian Botanical Stained Glass Patterns

    I just finished a series of stained glass patterns inspired by Victorian aesthetics, featuring some of the botanicals that were popular in illustration and graphic arts at later periods (arts & craft movement and art nouveau), such as waterlilies, cyclamens, arrowhead, snowdrops, climbing gourds and nasturtium. I blended the styles and eras a little, I hope the results are pleasing.