The inspiration for this project comes from the stained glass windows found in Gothic cathedrals in Ireland and throughout Europe. Many of these buildings were erected during the 12th and 13th century, and later destroyed during conflicts and wars. The stone traceries (window frames) are sometimes still standing amongst the ruins of the cathedrals, but most of the glass is long gone. These windows told stories found in the Bible
In Ireland during the 1800's there was renewed interested in stained glass windows and many neo-Gothic style cathedrals were built. Work centered around a workshop called An Tur Gloine (the Tower of Glass) by Sarah Purser, who came out of the Arts & Crafts movement in England.
Stained glass windows are characterized by black leaded frames filled with bright colorful glass. For this project we will simply be painting on glass with acrylic paint or you may use the faux stained glass window paint and leading. You may choose to create a traditional looking stained glass window or simply create a painting on your window.
Begin by researching painted and stained glass windows. Your window will need to illustrate a story. This may be a Bible story (like the old cathedrals), a children's story, or some other type of literature.
Start a simple Google image search of stained glass windows. You will also be able to find stained glass patterns. These usually consist of line art that has been broken down into smaller panels.
Decide what story you will illustrate. The work can be realistic, stylized, designs, folk art style, etc.
Find or draw images needed for your design. Designs should be relatively complex, but not so detailed that you are unable to complete them.
Decide on color options.
Consider adding a border.
Tape your drawings to the back of the window pane. These can be used as guidelines since you can see them through the glass.
Paint the glass like you would on paper or canvas.
Include shading and highlights for depth and interest