Dawn Over Water [Project 1 / Creative Act XVII – Photoshop]

I created a new pattern for a stained glass project.  My very first project about 17 yrs ago was this dawn scene:

The original pattern & glass were provided by the instructor — a small business owner in Vanderhoof, BC.  But the glass available was mostly scraps she had — I liked the multi-orange piece for the sun but wasn’t too happy with some of my other choices for colour — either I picked the wrong one or the colour I wanted wasn’t available in a big enough piece of glass.  Also, my soldering had a few mistakes & I didn’t get an exact circle.

So, I always wanted to redo my dawn scene which I’ve named “Dawne Over Lake” using the spelling of my middle name.  Since I didn’t have the original pattern, I needed to make another one.

I started in Photoshop with a zoomed image of my original project.  I made a white circle about 1/2″ bigger on each side from the original size of circle.  Then on separate layers & using the brush tool in 13 pt black, I roughly followed the original lines to recreate the scene but because I was making it slightly bigger, I changed some of the lines to reflect this.

Next step, pick the colours for the new piece.  I have about 5 sheets of glass now so I shouldn’t have to buy too much.  I do have two pieces of orange glass circles but they are much too large to portray the sun here — I’ll plan something else for them, . . ., some day, . . .

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design


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