Monday, September 20, 2021

How To Make a Fused Glass Abstract Landscape with Layers of Transparent Glass for Depth

Fused Glass Abstract Landscape Wave Ocean Water Ornament Sharon Warren Glass FlutterbyButterfly Tack Fuse Painting
A finished fused glass abstract landscape in mini.

I love to create landscapes and cityscapes. When I begin a project, I usually start with a reference photo from a favorite place, but for my abstract landscapes I worked from memory. I hoped that maybe not beginning with a specific image would help me create a more abstract universal image of the landscape I was imagining. 


Fused Glass Abstract Landscape Wave Ocean Water Ornament Sharon Warren Glass FlutterbyButterfly Watercolor Painting
My watercolor sketches for a fused glass abstract landscape.

My first step was to paint a few small watercolors and find the best place for my horizon, adding in distant islands and the rocky shore up close. With each iteration, I came closer to the colors and layers I wanted. I tried more greens and thought about some colors opposite blue on the color wheel but decided the yellows of the spring green were too bold. Looking at the finished little watercolor sketches, I wished for the cooler tones of blue and purple.


Fused Glass Abstract Landscape Wave Ocean Water Ornament Sharon Warren Glass FlutterbyButterfly Tack Fuse Painting
Bullseye glass in shades of blue and purple.

My next step was to find the glass palette I wanted to use. I opened my bins of Bullseye glass sorted by color family and found the shades of turquoise and sky blue that paired well with the lavender and plum. After I cut my base clear base glass, I added a metal ring for hanging.


Fused Glass Abstract Landscape Wave Ocean Water Ornament Sharon Warren Glass FlutterbyButterfly Tack Painting watercolor
Fused glass abstract landscapes in progress.

I still couldn't settle on a completely cool palette, so I created 2 versions to play with the tones. It took longer than expected to place the fiddly little bits and I become too focused on each piece. Reminding myself that this was just an abstraction, I added a second layer of color.

Fused Glass Abstract Landscape Wave Ocean Water Ornament Sharon Warren Glass FlutterbyButterfly Tack Fuse Painting
The glass layers of an unfired fused glass abstract landscape.

Layering transparent glass can create different results, like a third color, a greater color saturation, or a dilution of an area for more transparency. These effects really show after firing in my kiln. All the layers are fused together when the glass is heated to 1375 degF, but you can still feel the contours of each piece.

Fused Glass Abstract Landscape Wave Ocean Water Ornament Sharon Warren Glass FlutterbyButterfly Tack Fuse Painting
Firing my abstract fused glass mini landscapes.


I tried to avoid creating too much detail with tiny bits of darker glass or any complementary colors that might draw your eye to any specific place. I wanted the horizon and the shore to be the only focal points in the finished tiny abstract landscape.


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Friday, August 27, 2021

How to make a Fused Sun Moon and Stars

 

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My finished fused glass sun, moon and stars.

I wanted to create colorful fused glass window art of the sun, the moon and the stars that capture the light and bring a smile to your face. My suns are bright and playful, with one holding the crescent moon in its sphere. My silver moon is sweet and sleepy in a rich blue and soft lavender. These designs are inspired by the work of Alexander Girard, a mid-century modern artist. 

How to Paint Enamel Fused Glass Sun Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly Striker
The glass strikes to bright yellow and orange.

Each suncatcher begins as Bullseye transparent sheet glass that gets cut and shaped into circles. The transparent yellow and oranges are made from striker glass, a glass that starts as almost colorless and changes (or strikes) to its mature color at about 1400 degF in the kiln. You can see the changes in the above photos.

How to Paint Enamel Fused Glass Sun Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly Enamel
Painting each sun with designs from my sketchbook.

After the first firing, an opaque center is added and the details are painted by hand with fused glass enamels. I tried to create designs that were both happy and whimsical, like pictures you might find in a Richard Scarry storybook. All suncatchers were fired a second time to set the enamel designs and fuse the opaque middle circles. 

How to Paint Enamel Fused Glass Sun Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly Suns
Work by Alexander Girard


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Monday, April 26, 2021

How to paint a Fused Glass Cat Enamel Painting

How To Paint Enamel Fused Glass Cat Enamel Painting CFE Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly
Fused glass enamels from Colors for Earth.

Glass enamels come in powdered form and are mixed with a medium to paint details on glass. The glass is then fired in a kiln to a set the color and create a glossy finish. I use lead-free Colors for Earth enamels, a paint brush and a dot stylus to create patterns on cut glass.

How To Paint Enamel Fused Glass Cat Enamel Painting CFE Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly sketch
Fused glass enamel painting cat sketch.

Before I started painting, I created a sketch of my cats and chose a color palette of Bullseye glass and powdered enamels to work with. I wanted the cats to coordinate and the background patterns to feel like wallpaper. The cat silhouettes were transferred to the gray and peach glass, cut out with a Taurus ring saw and cleaned really well before painting.

How to Paint Enamel Fused Glass Cat 2 CFE Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly
Painting a fused glass enamel cat.
How to Paint Enamel Fused Glass Cat 1 CFE Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly
Painting another fused glass enamel cat.

After mixing the powdered glass enamel with the medium to a cream-like consistency, you can paint details with a brush or a stylus. Enamels are the perfect way to add details to the cat fur and the wallpaper background. Making the dots with the stylus was fairly easy, leaving a lighter spot in the center from the metal ball. The zig zag background was more difficult because the enamel would pool at the beginning of loading up my brush, but I just decided to leave it. 

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My finished fused glass enamel painted cat pair.

I fired my enamel painted cats with their dichroic glass noses in the kiln to 1350 degF to set the paints and keep the texture of the layered glass. I think their beady little eyes are so cute!


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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

How to make a Fused Glass Frit Painting Beach Ocean Sea

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Fused Glass Frit Painting of an Ocean

I wanted to create a glass painting inspired by the impressionistist Henri Edmund Cross. His neo-impressionist paintings are created with a network of tiny dots of paint that come together to form pictures. Glass frit is the perfect medium to play with this idea.

A frit painting is made from crushed glass that can be purchased sorted by size - powder, fine, medium and course. Bullseye glass sells their frit in the same color palette as their sheet glass. I used all 4 types in my painting.

Fused Glass Beach Ocean Sea Frit Painting Pointillism Dots Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly
Fused Glass Frit from Bullseye Glass

To create my frit painting, I began by laying down the course chunky frit in lines for the water. I used different shades of blue, some transparent and some opaque. I tried to move from light to dark to give the picture some perspective, taking care to glue down at various stages. I continued to add frit to get the detail I wanted, working with the smaller sizes last. 

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Fused Glass Frit Ocean Painting Progress

To finish the frit painting, I fired the glass in my kiln to 1500 degF for a full fuse and a smooth finish. The color of the sand was created in the heat of the kiln. This reaction happens between the sulfur and the lead in the french vanilla and sunset coral glasses. I added a sand dollar in an additional firing to give the glass painting dimension and texture. I like art that you can touch!

Fused Glass Beach Ocean Sea Painting Pointillism Dots Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly finished
My Fused Glass Frit Painting
Fused Glass Beach Ocean Sea Painting Pointillism Dots Sharon Warren Glass sharonwarrenglass flutterbybutterfly
The Golden Isles by Henri Edmund Cross



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Friday, October 23, 2020

Urban Sketching in Richmond Virginia

A few more watercolor paintings of some older buildings in Richmond Virginia. Each sketch was done first in Lexington Gray ink and then watercolor was added. I have included a photo of the building after each watercolor sketch, I think there were many liberties taken.

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting 808 W Franklin Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
808 West Franklin watercolor

808 West Franklin Street photo
I feel like I am struggling to include all the detail and the depth of the actual building and just overworking the colors in some places. 

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting 818 W Franklin Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
818 West Franklin Street watercolor

818 West Franklin Street photo



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Friday, September 18, 2020

Fused Glass Abstract Landscape SUNcatcher

Abstract Modern Landscape Ornament Handmade Glass Fused Sharon Warren FlutterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Bullseye Frit Tack Fuse Painting
Fused glass abstract landscape.

Getting settled into a new workshop takes some time and leaves me feeling a little abstract. So I was inspired to create a very modern and loose interpretation of a landscape. These colors were inspired by my daughter's art, a color gradient of the layers of the earth as you move from the core to the earth's surface. When I looked at her brilliant color gradations, I was reminded of a landscape looking out to sea and beyond to the mountains. Art is always in the eye of the beholder. 

Abstract Modern Landscape Ornament Handmade Glass Fused Sharon Warren FlutterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Bullseye Frit Tack Fuse Painting
Bullseye glass frit in jars.

To create each mini landscape, I layered opaque and transparent crushed glass on a solid clear base. A strip of fiber paper was inserted between layers of glass to save room for a ribbon later. Each glass landscape is heated in the kiln to 1375 degF to leave textured and dimension. 

Abstract Modern Landscape Ornament Handmade Glass Fused Sharon Warren FlutterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Bullseye Frit Tack Fuse Painting
Fused glass mini landscapes before firing.



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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Urban Sketching Watercolors

Our daughter has begun college with a virtual freshman year while living in the dorms at Virginia Commonwealth University. It is all very strange but probably pretty normal for right now. Walking around VCU before going to visit her is beautiful. Everyone is masked and Richmond is such a clean little city. 

It's wonderful to have the opportunity to sketch in ink and then work to capture some of the local buildings in watercolors. I have been trying to limit a painting to a few color mixes but maybe my choices for this one were too strong. I used a mix of Indian Red, Permanent Red and Winsor Orange for the brickwork. The tree colors seem all over the place too.

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting N Laurel Cathedral Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
North Laurel Street and South Cathedral Place

Here is a sketch of just the porch of the same red brick building done in much lighter tones. Maybe too light this time. I lost the perspective of the crosswalk but gained the detail of the brick and bushes.

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting 16 N Laurel Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
16 North Laurel Street

Here is a different building just a ways down Cathedral Place. This time I chose to paint the brick in just a mix of Indian Red and Permanent Red for a more pinky and happier tone. More lemon yellow in the bushes also makes it feel sunnier.

Urban Sketch Watercolor Painting 808 Cathedral Place Richmond Virginia Building Home Historic Handmade Sharon Warren FluterbyButterfly FlutterbyFoto Painting
808 Cathedral Place

I'm not sure anyone would recognize these buildings from my sketches, but they are fun to do and an exercise in how much detail to include and what colors to choose and lots of other things I'm trying to work on. 



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