I have had a busy week!
Over the weekend I was a very excited student at .Emma Butler-Cole Aikens stained glass taster workshop in the Scottish Borders.
It was held at the beautiful Abbotsford House.
It was a bit of a grey day, however the excitement of trying out something which I had never tried before brightened everything!
I LOVE stained glass so much... yet I have never tried making it.
I thought it would be ridiculously difficult. Emma the talented tutor made it suddenly accessible!
Emma makes some beautiful pieces including church windows, if you have time check out her website Here
Well... this is how we started, although I got so absorbed in making the glass panel I forgot to take photos of the leading and soldering process.
|my panel after cutting, leading and soldering joints.|
But instead of the mermaids I decided to use the drawing room wallpaper as my inspiration. We didn't have long to draw out the design as this really was just a beginners workshop so I simplified the design so I could do something achievable in the time.
Then we used posca pens to outline our designs
Finally filling in the design with glass paints.
Everyone produced something special!
I was very pleased with my first stained glass attempt... I just love trying new workshops, I have no idea if I will be able to use some of the process in what I do but I am certainly impressed by the possibilities.
Then to finish off a lovely break I had a beautiful day out at Bowhill House, again in the Scottish Borders. The house is not open to the public on a regular basis but the extensive gardens and country trails are.
|Bowhill house from across the lake|
|me beside Bowhill lake|