Stained Glass Flowers




Hey guys.

Let me show you how I drew this in Clip studio Paint. It’s nothing hard nor fancy.

First, I searched up pictures online of stained glass with flowers to get an idea of what I wanted. I also searched up flowers and stained glass separately to study them, mostly their aesthetics. These images will help me in the coloring process later on too as I am terrible at picking colors on my own.

With the help of the images, I did my sketch. It looked like this.

It’s very rough but I captured the spacing and the general form of the main elements- the flowers. I then went on to making an even more detailed sketch. This was done on a layer above this one.

As you can see, there were various types of patterns in my sketch. I tried to give each object it’s own unique pattern, with the empyty spaces around them having a unique curvy-circular pattern. I also used two types of line thicknesses. This helped to differenciate the objects in the sketch so it didn’t look confusing.

To do the top piece, I decided to make the canvas wider. It was still the sketching stage so drastic changes were still welcomed. I did this part on a new layer because unlike our sketches on the layer below, this was not a sketch and would be used in the final line art.

On this new layer I drew the line of symetry using the symmetry ruler. It’s super easy. Just click on the Ruler tool from the Tools palette at the side, then select the Symmetrical Ruler from the options.

Then, I held down the Shift key then drew the ruler on to the canvas. This made the line vertically straight . Remember to unclick shift if not using a keyboard.

It’s going to be symetrical so I needed to find the center of my canvas. To do this, I went to the View menu at the top then scrolled down to select Grid. The grid was now visible on my canvas.

To adjust it to show the centre, I went to the View menu again, but this time I scrolled down and selected Grid/Ruler Bar settings. I then changed the start point of the grid to Center, set the Gap to 600 because it’s the centre of my canvas width of 12000. Finally, I changed the Number of Divisions to 1. Clicked ok.

Then, I selected the Move tool from the Tool palette at the side and dragged the layer with the Symmetrical ruler on it untill the ruler was lined up as close as possible to the center grid line. Once this was done, I went back to the View menu and unchecked Grid so that it was no longer visible again because I no longer needed it.

Anything I drew on one side of the line would also be drawn on the other side. With this, I drew the symmetrical top part of my design. To my surprise, the Continuous curve tool also worked with the Symmetrical ruler which made it easier.

To get ride of the Symmetrical ruler I first clicked on the layer with the ruler on it, then in the layer palette I unchecked all the options that were checked in the drop down menu under the Ruler icon.

After the the top piece was completed, I finished the sketch below it so that it connected with the top piece. Then, on the layer with the top piece already drawn onto it, I redrew what was on the sketch layer using only either brush sizes of 2 or 4. For the lines, I used either the G-Pen or the Continuous curve tool. For the Curve tool, I chose the Spline option with the Anti-Aliasing set to weak as it made it easier to draw those curvy lines quickly and smoothly.

After I finished my line art, I placed my sketches in a folder and turned off the viibility. Below the line art layer, I created a new layer and set it’s color to purple and the line art layer to black for easy identification. On this new layer I applied my colors using the Fill Tool.

But since I am terrible at choosing colors, I opened the Sub-View window by going to the Window menu above then clicked the Sub view option. Then, I imported all my reference images that I found at the begining into the Sub view window. From there, I easily picked the colors that I liked and used the Refer other layers Fill tool to add in the colors based on the line art layer.

I first filled in all the objects with a solid color, then changed them by picking colors that were close to the solid color I had painted them in before. Then I filled in the spaces outside the plants.

For the texture, I downloaded this material from the Clip Studio Paint Asset Store.

I applied a texture that I liked with the tiling option selected and placed it between the layer with the colors on it and the one with the line art on it. I then set this layer’s blending mode to Overlay then rasterized the layer.

The texture made the colors too washed out, so I darkened the colors on the texture layer by going to the Edit menu above then scrolling down to select Tonal Correction > Hue/Saturation/ Brightness. I then lowered the Luminosity slider to darkened the colors.

I then used a textured brush tool to erase and add parts back onto the texture layer in areas where I felt the pattern was to repetitive or rather made it obvious that the texture was being repeted.

Then I exported the whole project as a picture to my photo library then imported it back into my file because I was too lazy to move them all into one layer, duplicate it, then merge one of the folders to have the final image on a single layer to work with while also having the other pieces on their separate layers, caugh caugh.

Once imported, I rasterized the image and applied a Chromatic Aberation to it because I felt this effect would make it looke more like glass.

I downloaded it from the Asset store, then went to the Window menu above then scrolled down to Auto Action. Once the Auto action window poped up, I selected the auto action I had just downloaded then clicked the play button at the bottom.

I felt the Chromatic Aberation effect was a bit too srong, so I went into it’s folder and used the move tool to sort of move each of the three images in it so it’s not so intense.

Then, I duplicated the Line art layer, and move it to the very top, above the cromatic aberation image as well.

And that’s how I made this image. Thank you for reading, hope you found this helpful as well. Bye.

If you want to try this for yourself, here is the line art on a transparent background for you to try it. No need to credit me but just make it clear that you didn't draw the line art yourself. You're welcome 😊



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