Sunday, October 29, 2006

All Saints

Last year, at this time, I hosted an art class as part of a co-op. I had the idea to make stained glass images of the saints. I thought I could find templates already made and I did find an excellent St. Paul in a Dover publication, but that was all. So, I sketched my own St. Christopher and St. Therese for variety's sake, thickened the lines, and cut them out with embroidery scissors. Here is the St. Christopher...

Then I took the templates and traced them onto black cardstock with a white pencil. I cut on the white lines using an exacto knife and the results were these frames...


I made about ten of each and some simple crosses for the younger children. The project proved a bit on the difficult side, with no child coming anywhere near finishing in the two hour time frame for class. I sent them all home with extra paper to finish later. I think they had fun anyway and this year we just pulled out the leftover frames and set to work...

It took about three afternoons while Nicholas napped...



But the results were terrific!!


St. Paul by Alexander
I traced the face right out of the Dover Book

St. Christopher
Jeremy drew the faces on these for us. I love the way the little Christ child looks like he could be one of our little ones perched on Jeremy's back.


St Therese "The Little Flower" by Simeon
I drew this face, I'm embarrassed to admit. Simeon did a great job, though.


The display!!



32 comments:

Kristen said...

Amazing Suzanne! They're beautiful. What talent lies in your family--I've known it for years, but it never ceases to amaze me. God uses your gifts to inspire others! Can't wait till my girls are old enough to try it in our home!

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks, Kristen, you are too kind. Really it was a poorly planned art class from last year that worked out well for us now!

Alice said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! You are an artist!!! This is gorgeous and looks unbelievably professional.

Margaret in Minnesota said...

My thoughts were exactly the same as Alice's--these are gorgeous.

Dawn said...

Suzanne, these are just beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this craft! Blessings!

Love2Learn Mom said...

Gorgeous!

Melissa said...

Those are AMAZING!!! What a wonderful idea! So beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Bridget said...

Hook me up!!! I'll send you my address.

Lucy said...

Wow! Those are really ... wow!

Jen said...

Amazing! You have some serious talent. I would pay you money for some templates, esp the ones of the Little Flower. She's a favorite around here.

Beautiful job, and I bet the kids had a blast.

Alice said...

Suzanne, I needed to return here to tell you that if you designed about a dozen of these, it would make a phenomenal book that every homeschooler and Catholic educator in America would be very happy to own. I really hope you will consider it, because these projects are beautiful.

CMW said...

Wow! I am really impressed with your talent and your kids! When you are fully recovered, please write down specific instructions for this craft. I would love to try it next year!
Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks all! You are much too kind.

Alice, now there's an idea I hadn't ever considered. Jeremy and I always talk about writing children's books together, but the idea has always been that I write a story and he illustrate it. He has far more artistic talent than me. We never once thought that I could draw templates and he could draw the faces.

Let's see...The Good Shepherd would be nice, St Maria Goretti...other ideas, suggestions??

Anonymous said...

Any images of the Blessed Mother would be beautiful. I love the book idea!!

Denise said...

I have to agree, a book of these would be wonderful!!!

They look amazing!

Anonymous said...

I'm with everyone else -- these are astounding. Really beautiful!

My kids would love Blessed Kateri,
St. Bernadette, and St. Francis of Assisi. And I'd certainly buy your book.

Anonymous said...

Make a series of them... each book would hold saints of a kind... martyrs, heroic saints, inspirational saints...

I relaly like them :) They are a craft I would definitely do (you could also sell as a kit with the extras too)

Anonymous said...

I am overwhelmed with these amazing results. If you make a book, would you also come to my house and do the craft class with my kids (and me, too)? These ROCK!

Anonymous said...

Those are unbelievable. At first, I thought you had taken tape to make the outlines. Dover makes those stained glass coloring books. I wonder if they would be interested in a book of them?? We have bought several Dover books before for homeschooling. You would be an instant hit!!

Suzanne Temple said...

What wonderful ideas! Thank you so much! Now my gears are turning...hmmm...

Cay Gibson said...

Suzanne,
These are awesome!

Cay Gibson said...

Suzanne,
These are awesome!

Christine said...

Suzanne, you should make the frames available (sell them) to others. They are incredible!

JennGM said...

These are just amazing. I want my son to be at your art co-op!

And thanks for stopping by at my humble blog. I don't have gorgeous art like yours, though!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful work! I am amazed and delighted!

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks cay,jenngm, christine and rebecca.
How encouraging! Thank you.

Lucia said...

I like St. Therese's face. You're a good artist! And so are the boys!

Suzanne Temple said...

Thank you, lucia!

J.C. said...

Suzanne, these are simply gorgeous! I hope it's not to late to add a comment--I had tried before, but something happened... Anyway, I wondered how you achieved the striated effect on St. Christopher's shirt and the water-like marks in the river behind him. Maybe if you answer my question, you will have an excuse to display these again for any new readers who were not fortunate enough to see them last month!! Really, a very impressive project. You and your boys are truly talented!

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks, j.c. aren't those dark marks in the paper wonderful? Especially the water one. I loved that. Anyway, I was lucky enough to find paper that was designed for stained glass projects. I found it at my local parent teacher store. It came with many colors and textures.

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