Wednesday, June 9, 2010


This is one of my favorite stained glass windows. It was photographed in Europe, and I thought the little angels looked just heavenly! I wanted to create a version that was more graphic, with texture, something a little more storybook, or illustrative in effect. This was easy to do by simplifying the image and adding a layer of texture.

The version above reminds me of intaglio printmaking. If you want to try this, you can use the Stamp tool in Photoshop. From the Menu choose Filters>Sketch>Stamp or if you have Snap Art, use Stylize>Line Art. I added an interesting layer of texture that I photographed in Cuba. It seems to look different with each photo and worked well with this one. A Blend Mode of Soft Light was used, and I slightly reduced the opacity of the texture layer. It might be fun to incorporate something like this into a larger piece with text and filigree. Try it and see!