Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Sgraffito Challenge!!! (#1 of 4)

A Murder of Crows Awaits...

Hi Everyone! 
Welcome to the first of four weekly Fused Glass Sgraffito Challenges for the month of July!
I'd like to present this challenge as a continuation of the 30 in 30 Challenge that we did in January; so if you missed that one, it's NEVER too late to go back and start at the beginning! 

This week's Challenge offers you the opportunity to improve your basic sgraffito drawing skills, as well as to work on some lovely artistic problem solving skills!  

This challenge is the opposite of the "White Challenge" from the 30 in 30.  Black objects present us with a similar problem.  In order to make something appear white, you need to focus on the shadows which give the white object its form.  Reversing this idea, you'll be looking for and picking out areas that can be highlighted to give a black crow its form. 

Your challenge is to create a powder sgraffito drawing of a crow, with the goal of giving it FORM (not just a silhouette)  
You can create as many drawings as you like, and you may use this photo or any photo reference you find.  
l chose this reference photo because it's a fine example of good composition, and it also offers those of you who are 'messing with color' a nice opportunity to advance your skills.  

The photo was taken by Steve Lyddon, and taken from the website  This is a great website!  Professional and amateur photographers offer their photos here for artists to use as reference photos in their work.  Copyright free!  Thank you photographers!  

Be sure to photograph your drawings and add them here using the Inlinkz link, and also to the photo folder on the Fused Glass Sgraffito Facebook Page so we can build a "Murder of Crows" and continue discussion there.  If you're not yet a member of the group just send me a request to join on Facebook.  Happy Crowing!


  1. thanks Kelly- I find your work and the challenges so inspirational. I couldnt get the link to the photos for free use to work- could you check it? Sounds like a very useful resource.

  2. Kelly Crosser AlgeJuly 2, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Thanks Lois, I made a type error, the link should work now! :)

  3. Kathy Monte, love your picture and your blog. Just beautiful!


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