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Learning all about Stained Glass

By Haidee Lai On the 10th and 11th May 2023, my participation in a two-day glass painting workshop organised by the Catholic Society in the Prayer Room at lunchtime, was an eye-opening activity and one that I am so glad that I decided to be part of. During the workshop, we first were given a glass pane. Then we were asked to choose a pattern to draw on it. We had to draw the outline of our chosen pattern with a black paint outliner. It required a lot of patience because we needed to be very exact as we drew the outline. It had to be perfectly precise. That is not all —- we also needed to leave it to dry overnight. Another 12 hours of waiting. The next day, it was dry and we were ready to move on to the next step. We picked the colours of paint we wanted and with those colours we had to fill in the outline. As I was spreading the paint around, I had to use a toothpick to pop bubbles in the paint and my hands got so sticky! But that was also the fun part of the workshop. The music that we listened to as we worked also added to the wonderful ambience of the workshop. This was a meaningful activity as I learnt something new and I could make a glass painting for my mom as a Mother’s Day gift, a reason why the workshop was organised which is to give us a task from the heart and a way to also remember our Blessed Mother, Mother Mary. Making stained glass would certainly be one of the memories to be treasured from my secondary school life. The look on my mom’s face when I gave her my creation from the heart makes it even more memorable.

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