I have always loved to draw and I find inspiration in almost
everything around me. I visualize things mentally with little
effort (usually) and can put pencil to paper and sketch out a
rough rendering. With time and effort, I can make a design
more defined. Then I scan my drawing into Glass Eye 2000,
clean it up, and add the
If my sketch is rough, I will sometimes first scan the image into
Photoshop, zoom it by 500%, and use the eraser tool to smooth
out the lines and to make the image a clean line-art pattern. This is
because my pencil drawings often show "noise" around the intended
lines and the AutoTrace function in Glass Eye 2000 sometimes
interprets those as design lines. I also make certain my line
intersections are clearly delineated to help Glass Eye 2000
The next step is to add the image as a background into Glass
Eye 2000. I often adjust brightness and contrast to
make sure the image comes through clearly. Then in the AutoTrace
function, I will use options like speck removal and image
softening, especially if I didn't clean up the image manually in
Photoshop. Once I am satisfied with the image in the preview
pane, I let the AutoTrace command turn my background image into
a line drawing.
Next, I drag the traced lines as a
group away from the background. Now I can continue to work
on my design by adjusting the positions of the lines, adding new
lines, or deleting lines I don't want. Often I zoom in so that
I'm working on my design at larger than actual size.
After completing my final design changes, the real fun begins: I
get to experiment with coloring. Fairies are portrayed so many
different ways. Some are imps and some are more like
butterflies, but almost always very brightly colored. In my
design I wanted
to capture the maturity and desire within the fairy. So I went
with a more formal coloring scheme -- one that was inspired by
shopping for wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns with my
daughter. After all, doesn't
every bride appear angelic or fairy-like?
Adding the background and the radiating lines to the design
was simple once I determined the size of the piece I wanted to
make and the overall shape I wanted it to be. I used the Square
command to create a border for this piece. Then, to make the
radiating lines connect to the frame I simply dragged the ends
of the lines to where I wanted them to connect.
The "feel" of the project is something that comes with
practice, but Glass Eye 2000 allows for a lot of experimentation
and creativity. Have fun… that's my
~ Donna Mixon
About the artist
Mixon works from home with her husband Terry. She has a Bachelor's and
Business Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas
and has worked for over 20 years in the accounting industry.
Donna is currently disabled with Myasthenia Gravis and fibromyalgia.
Donna and Terry have been working in stained glass for a little
over two years, and have an art division called Fuzzy Designs
within Mixon Enterprises. While relatively new to stained glass,
it has been a lifelong passion. They also own and operate eKnifeShop, selling swords, knives and collectibles.
You can see their wares, including current pieces for sale,
website is currently under construction, but
several examples of their work can be found there.
You may contact Donna at
in Glass Eye 2000 format
may be used to make one or more artworks for sale or personal
enjoyment. This pattern may be printed for personal use
only and may not be sold or given away in printed or electronic