by Lucy Fyles
Art Therapy: Stained Glass
Publisher: Jacqui Small LLP
Number of designs: 100
This is a lovely book filled with a huge range of different stained glass windows.Some are religious, some contain scenes, and others include views of nature. One of my favourite aspects of the book is the fact that all of the images are of real stained glass windows, and the book contains a key at the back stating where each window can be found. I discovered that if you google the information you can then find images of the original window and use that colour scheme to add colour to your image. Then you don’t have to stress over colour choices.
I know many of us, me included, can spend hours agonizing over which colour to use for an image. This often stops us from starting our colouring because we’re so worried about making a mistake or it not looking like we’d imagined. Having a ready-existing colour scheme takes away all of that stress and worry. You already know what it’ll look like and it almost turns it into a colour by numbers.
- Complexity: Beginner to Intermediate
- Book Size: 8.2 x 11.8 inches
- Design Borders: Varies
- Design Lines: hand-drawn, so it varies
- Paper: above average thickness
- Printing: double-sided
- Binding: glue-bound, with hard covers
You can see my take on this below with an image of the original window (from the Victoria Baths in Manchester, England.) This book is perfect for those of you who are anxious colourers, or those who simply want to zone out and colour. You won’t have to think about picking out colour schemes and making them work. The image outline thickness ranges from thin and delicate to very bold and black, so there are loads of different levels of difficulty. You can also adapt it to your level of concentration – if your vision or hand control are affected you’ll still be able to find an image to colour that fits your abilities.
This book is well suited to felt-tips to give a really vibrant effect. Coloured pencils give a softer, translucent effect, as if light is shining through the window. Watercolours give it a realistic glassy effect. I used the Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolour pencils for this image, which I then painted lightly over with a wet brush.
Be careful when using watercolours; this isn’t watercolour paper, so it does crinkle a bit if you get it too wet. I’d advise placing some spare paper or card underneath to avoid ruining subsequent pages. I love the effect it gave and this was only my second attempt at watercolour so give it a go!