Ah, finally — I finished the pattern for my bed panels. I call it Red Sun at Night.
This Photoshop [Ps] rendering does not do justice to the colours & flow of the stained glass. To portray the glass colours, I copy the pieces from photos of the sheets of glass. There are problems:
- It is almost impossible to photograph the beauty of stained glass — that in itself is an art. Unless the glass is totally opaque, whatever colour the sheet is leaning against comes through.
e.g. when the camera sees the yellow/white glass with the blue walls behind them, it ‘squashes’ the colours to come up with green — but when you see the 3D panel in actual light, the yellow is distinctly separate from the blue behind it.
- The flash of a camera distorts how ‘real’ light shines through, or off, the glass.
e.g. the red glass shows up a lot brighter than in actuality — without a flash, it’s darker. And no matter what, the yellow flow practically disappears within the overpowering red.
- My pattern for the panel is scaled to its actual size, while the glass photos are smaller — thus, any flow patterns look larger than they actually are.
- Since almost every piece has a pair, I simply use the same copy for the same colour & size — they appear to be mirror images of each other when each piece will be unique. I will try to get the flow direction similar.
Of course I need to keep the background in mind when selecting glass. The white iridescent has large stretches of clear & the blue wall will be seen through it [much like in the triangle pieces above, it appears to be beigey-yellow behind the white -- that's my workbench].
The angle of the rays also proved challenging — until I used Π [pi] in my calculations. Now I think they’re more balanced.
I took a head-on shot of the bed [not so easy considering how high the headboard posts are] & in Ps, placed the panels & fabric headboard in their approximate places [no, the flowers on the brocade are not that big -- photo not at same scale -- they're about the size of the flowers on the dark blue pillow].
The two panels will sit in stained frames attached to the posts & the fabric section. I really like how the light blue glass matches the wall — & that blue will be peeking through the white & yellow glass pieces. So very exciting. So, so cool.
Now to print this multi-page pattern & make sure it’s taped together perfectly square [well, as close as I can get it]. Then, I can start cutting some blue glass tonight — maybe all the white. Yahoo! Like Yabba-dabba-doo Yahoo!