Sunday, 19 October 2014

Manor House glass painting


This is the last post about my trip to The Manor House Hotel with my mum, and I feel sad writing it!  We had such a good time that I'm sad it's all over and I'm back home and back at work.  

The final class we took was glass painting.  I don't think I've ever shown any glass painting on my blog before and I can't find any examples of my work, but this was something I used to do a lot of in my late teens.  I even took it up again when I lived in Poland - I would paint on empty vodka bottles!

We were given free rein in this class.  The tutor gave her talk and showed us some examples and techniques and off we went.  I'd just been silk painting and wanted to use the same flower motif as I'd found it easy to draw and very effective too.  I chose a short square vase and used a Pewter relief.  The relief forms a barrier for the paint and stands up above the surface.


I gave it a quick blast with the hair drier before painting in the flowers and little leaves.


I am very pleased with it, but when I gave it another blast with the hair drier so it was dry enough for me to carry back to the hotel room, the paint blobbed a little.

Having finished the vase, I started on a candle glass.


This time I used a pearl relief and really like the colour, though I think the finished item looks better when you look through from the other side to the back of the work.  I did the flowers freehand though of course you can trace a pattern.


I already knew I loved glass painting before the class and I did enjoy it.  I have no idea why I haven't done any in years... I feel a new hobby coming on!

The next day we drove home.  It took me 8 hours of driving, including 3 stops as shortly after setting off I had a panic attack.  I couldn't shake the anxiety so it was a thoroughly horrible 8 hour journey with me having anxiety attacks the whole way home...  Such a shame to end the holiday on that note.  I had to rest all day Saturday as I think the episode really shook me up.  7pm on Saturday saw me asking Mr CA if it was bedtime yet!

11 comments:

margaret said...

so sorry to read about your anxiety attack thank goodness you have Mum with you and were not alone on that journey home. Glass painting looks lovely, my elder daughter does it, she uses my empty wine bottles.

Christine said...

Looks like another fun class. Sorry your journey home was so stressful

Rachel said...

What a dreadful journey home - and after such a wonderful week!

Sandra :) said...

Another fun class - you must have had a BLAST with your mom! Sorry about your trip home though - that's a crappy way to end such a fantastic adventure :(

Jillayne said...

Love your glass painting! I've never seen it before so it's all new to me but looks so beautiful.
I'm so sorry about your anxiety attack - I can't imagine how hard it would have been to have drive all those hours feeling that way... hopefully in time the memory of it will be crowded out by the wonderful memories of your weekend crafting with your Mom. Thinking of you...

ukcitycrafter said...

Your glass painting is lovely Wendy, sorry to hear you had panic attacks on the way back and hope you're ok now.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful glass painting! I love the flower motif. Why was the drive home so stressful? So sorry you had to go through that...

pennydog said...

Lovely glass painting- could you paint on the inside of the glass if you prefer viewing it from the inside when you paint on the outside? Just a thought, a fiddly thought.

Jane Galley said...

There is something so relaxing about glass painting. Glad you had a wonderful time. Hope you've recovered from the journey

Flickenstichlerin said...

Very beautiful, love your color choices. Nice decoration idea.
Greetings,
Sylvia

Sheryl S. said...

Beautiful glasswork. I think you should do more of it, I like your flower design. Awful about the panic attacks- I know what they are like.