Sunday, August 22, 2010

Artistic Polar Bear Challenge: 100 Ways In 100 Days. #98 - Faux Stained Glass

Ahhhhh.  There's nothing like spending a beautiful Sunday at the Gold Coast Art Fair.  In it's 53rd year, it's the oldest and largest art festival in Chicago.  Set in Grant Park  right across from the Art Institute, it's a beautiful setting to stroll and admire the wares of about 500 fabulous artists.

 A speed painting performance artist plies his trade

Being immersed in so many incredible works of art kicked Right Brain into high gear.  Friends of mine are going to be starting a stained glass class soon, and that planted a little kernel of an idea.

I mixed some heavy body acrylic paint with some Micaceous Iron Oxide.  I put the mixture in a squeeze bottle with a tapered tip, and used it to create the stained glass 'lead lines'.

Then Clear Tar gel was poured into an outlined area.  The heavy body paint lines acted as 'dams' to corral the gel.  A toothpick was dipped in fluid acrylics mixed with more tar gel, and swirled through the uncolored gel in the outlined areas.

Each little section was completed one at a time, until the whole piece was finished.
Faux Stained Glass Bear

I didn't know that tar gel could be so much darned fun.  This is one of my favorites.

We're down to the last two bears!


RHCarpenter said...

Very creative and fun! Only 2 more to go...oh...I think I'm having withdrawals already!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

This is one of my favorites too! You gor such great texture in your 'glass' areas. Wonderful!!!

debwardart said...

You are a true artist - this one is great!
I agree with Rhonda - I can feel the withdrawal chills coming on already - - -

Nancy Goldman said...

This brings back memories of my stained glass making days. I love it. Another creative idea. Is there no end with you?

Lisa Walsh said...

Rhonda, Claire, Deb, Nancy - oodles of thanks, as always!