Today I want to invite you into our studio to look at an approach we used on some windows we recently installed.
Maybe you’ll use this method exactly as you see it here today.
Or maybe you’ll make changes, giving it a life that’s all your own.
Whatever you do, I’m sure you’ll find the demonstration useful.
Most writing on art is by people who are not artists: thus all the misconceptions
Eugène Delacroix, quoted in Der Blaue Reiter Almanach
(Edited by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, 1911)
Do a face on white glass in strong outline only: step back, and the face goes to nothing; strengthen the outline till the forms are quite monstrous – the outline of the nose as broad as the bridge of it – still, at a given distance, it goes to nothing; the expression varies every step back you take. But now, take a matting brush, with a film so thin that it is hardly more than dirty water; put it on the back of the glass (so as not to wash up your outline); badger it flat, so as just to dim the glass less than “ground glass” is dimmed; – and you will find your outline looks almost the same at each distance. It is the pure light that plays tricks, and it will play them through a pinhole.”
Stained Glass Work by C.W. Whall - Chapter VI
(London: John Hogg of Paternoster Row, 1905)