Working with glass is one of the best things about beading. The versatility of shape, color, and transparency allows us to create with some of the most beautiful materials available – from tiny seed beads to gorgeous cabochons. To showcase the beauty of glass and all that it can do, I invited glass painting artist Lyuba of zmeyssHandMade to share some of her favorite inspirations. Her Etsy shop, based in Ukraine, is filled with pretty hand painted glasswares that are a delight to see.
Inspirational Beading: When did you first get started with glass painting?
Lyuba: It was approximately 5 years ago. I quit from full day job and have time to create something new. In art store I saw stained-glass paints. Example of painting was wonderful, so nothing can't stop me, even thing that I can't draw ;) At home I took glass and make special holder for brushes.
Inspirational Beading: What is your favorite thing about your art?
Lyuba: I really like my cats set. This two pieces are parts of one whole. Black and white cats was creating for couple that like spend time together, like hot mulled wine and enjoying life. For creating this set I was inspiring with "Black cat, white cat" Kusturicas film. It was so strange and wonderful... Different world and traditions make me laugh.
Inspirational Beading: Do you remember your first piece? Where is it today?
Lyuba: Yes, I have this glass till now as a brushes holder. I took faceted glass and draw different line in which facet. There is multicolor stripes, dots and another geometrical patterns. It was transparent paints, but they afraid water. My nephews wanted draw too... first paints was end very quickly.
Inspirational Beading: Where do you look for your favorite inspiration?
Lyuba: Inspiration is around us. In small human-made things, in streets and squares. I live in Kyiv, it's a big city. We have many different beautiful things around. Old streets, river Dnipro, parks and churches. But some time I take inspiration from humans around. With my painting I want bring some positive mood into life. We should be happy and can reach this with small simple things.
Inspirational Beading: What is your favorite kind of design to make?
Lyuba: My favorite design is palm trees! They calmly and remind about summer, sea and vacations. I believe that live was gone from the sea. This palm trees always gone by couple. With this design I start trying draw by hands. It was so difficult...
This cup was first sold in my etsy store. Lady bought it for moms birthday.
Inspirational Beading: What’s the most interesting or unique thing about your design process?
Lyuba: It's not cup, but have stained-glass view too. I love create butterfly decor from free bottles. They always one of a kind even I want repeat. Unique design and bright colors perfect for nursery or another place. They united transparent parts and opaque. Compared true stained-glass my butterflies can't be broken after get a spill and have low weight. They can fasten by sucker or two sizes tape. The butterflies get flying with every gust of wind when use in nursery mobile or as free flying decor.
Inspirational Beading: Do you have a favorite color to work with?
Lyuba: Of course. My favorite colors are green and yellow. There is colors of spring, time when all world wake up after winter and get start new life. The Earth go at new circle and sun warm up all around.
Inspirational Beading: Do you have any other favorite materials?
Lyuba: Sure! I like work with wire, acrylic paints, paraffin, beads, natural fibers and alabaster. More exiting unify all this things in one creation! Sometimes it looks strange. First my creations by hands was letter tags from alabaster. I have two days before New Year night, two nephews that can't read and ten presents for them. Alabaster and acrylic paints save me, children was happy. Next year same tags was create from wire and beads, after from wire and yarn. I believe, anyone can do anything... if want it.
Inspirational Beading: What is the most exciting design in your shop right now? What makes it special?
Lyuba: This is cup with multicolor houses and nursery mobile with glowing in the dark butterflies. City cup fresh and bright. Specially for European architecture lovers. Small colorful houses, multicolor windows inspiring to wonder new story. Mobile will perfect for new born baby nursery. Low light bring magic. Painting absolutely save for health and glowing long time.
Inspirational Beading: Do you have plans for any new designs in the coming year?
Lyuba: Certainly, I plan create some lunch plates, convivial glasses and cups for child. Have some drawings for family cups set. Want try create some painted jars for wedding decoration, it would be with glitter and stones. May be some things glowing in the dark and cake candles. But with my full day job I haven't so many time as want...
Inspirational Beading: Who do you hope to inspire with your work?
Lyuba: Everyone! Talent create us successful but without work and dream we can reach our goals. If we didn't try - we can't know might or not. So just try, just do. This is my opinion and inspiration. No need begin new life from Monday or dream about perfect creation. Do it now. Do not fight, just enjoy.
You can see more of Lyuba’s work in her Etsy store zmeyssHandMade.
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