Memories of Whidbey: Heron
|Memories of Whidbey: Heron|
fused glass art
I thought I would share a few photos I took during the making. I won't cover the entire process (I'll leave that to Gail!), but here are some photos that provide a glimpse of what goes into creating a piece of my fused glass art.
The image I chose for screen printing was from a photograph I took during a visit to Whidbey Island last year when I was taking a class from Richard LaLonde (see this blog post for more information about my mandala class with Richard: Mandala Workshop, Richard Lalonde). The photo was taken just before sunset while I was sitting on the beach. I took a couple of photos, including a close-up. The close-up image of the heron offered excellent contrast for screen printing.
|Heron on a rock out-crop, Whidbey Island|
photo by Dana Worley
The image was edited and then burned to screen. I had purchased a used Lectralite UV exposure unit from another glass artist. Since this was my first test drive, I created a couple of screens to experiment with exposure time.
|Screen print after exposure and washout|
I screen printed a 5" circle of glass with black glass enamel, and then combined it with a lovely piece of System 96 opal art glass (these opal art glasses are no longer in production -- I am going to miss them!).
Into the kiln the piece went, along with two other pieces screened with the same image.
|Screenprinted fused glass images,|
in the kiln and ready for firing
I tack-fused frit and fused glass pebbles in a second firing. Finally, the glass was mounted in a stand. Here is a close-up of the finished glass.
|Close-up of finished fused glass piece|
Memories of Whidbey: Heron was delivered to a gallery today for inclusion in the Logan Fine Art Fall Salon. If you would like to know more about this piece or any of my other work, you can leave a comment below or contact me via email.
- See Gail Stouffer's web site for class information: https://stoufferstudios.com/
- Info about classes with Richard LaLonde can be found at: http://richardlalonde.com/
- EZScreenPrint screen printing material: https://ezscreenprint.com/
- Here's a great youtube video on the screen printing process, using Color Line screen pastes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4F5qrNR4iU
- The black and white screen print image used in this tutorial is available for purchase and immediate download in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/595369017/great-blue-heron-screen-printing-image
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