The painting was pretty easy but very time-consuming. This one window probably took 4 hours, although it could have gone faster had I not tried to color both sides. First, I used a 10/0 liner brush to lay down the lead lines with the GG leading. Lead lines are not too difficult if you can maintain a steady hand, but the biggest help to getting the lines straight was my 5x craft magnifying light. I let the leading dry for a couple of hours, then came back and filled in the panes with color. I got a little overzealous with trying to mix colors together for a swirled, "old-world" stained glass look, and so some of the panes look a little thick in my opinion. I've got some ideas for how to avoid that in the future.
Things I learned:
- Use a craft lamp with a magnifying lense.
- DO the lead lines on both sides, but you don't have to color both sides of the window. The color on both sides makes the glass look extra thick - which could be useful for certain applications, but in the case of stained glass the panes are very thin. So color one side, then use clear on the other side. The color will show through equally and trust me, you'll have a really hard time trying to figure out which side is the clear or colored one.
- If you make a mistake or decide you don't like the finished window, the GG paint scrapes off really easily with a finger nail
- Use a toothpick to swirl colors together
- The leading lines can be gently "shaped" into a straighter line by smooshing with a toothpick or the edge of a fingernail if they end up too wobbly.