Face Painting

Face Painting

Painting portraits is one of the most time consuming parts of the stained glass process, but one of the most rewarding as well. As with everything it depends on the level of detail. These two faces are taken from the St Francis of Assisi and St Clare window recently installed at St Peter Chanel Church, Atlanta.

Each face starts out with the basic outline and subtle shading, working from the cartoon drawn up and approved, before you can then develop the darker shades and finer lines. Only once all the details are added and the shade is in place do we then apply the enamels and silver stain to the glass to add colour.

It takes a lot of time and patience to understand the balance between light and paint needed to create these portraits, but once you have it, you’ll never look back.



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