Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Stained Glass Art Project {a project for any art lover!}

After a three day long craft fest with my little one, the creative spirit in me feels happy and satisfied .... BUT also itching to do more. ;)  I am hoping to have time this week and the next to share a few of my favorite projects we did.  :)

First up, the faux stained glass art project!

What You Need:

Clear contact paper
Pencil and Eraser 
Black Sharpie Marker 
Colored Pencils 
A bowl if you want a round finished product 

These projects are simple and easy, great for sitting at the table and bonding with the kids or for keeping a group of kids busy and having fun. :)

1. Plan out what you want to draw.  If you want a round shape, now is the time to trace the size bowl you want on your contact paper.  
2.  Draw out your drawing using a pencil, keeping in mind that you don't want to press too hard so that the pencil lines {when traced over or erased} don't show through on your finished piece. 
3.  Once your drawing is finished, trace it carefully with a black{or any color of your choosing} permanent sharpie marker. Erase any stray pencil marks.
4.  Color in your drawing with colored pencils.  Keep in mind the colors do look lighter when the finished product is placed in the window.  So if you want your colors as vibrant as possible, its best to press kinda hard. ;)
5.  Once you are finished with your drawing, cut it out and carefully place it onto your window.  I found the best way to do this was to peel from the top and once I had a small section peeled away I placed that onto the window, smoothed it down and then slowly peeled more off....smoothing it down as I went. 

Depending on the time of day and/or how the sun hits it, the colors in your project will be more vibrant or faded.  I love the way the look in the windows and the extra personal touch they bring to a room.  My daughter's owl one makes me smile .....I know its hard to see in the photos but she used multiple colors in each section to blend them to get her colors "just right and more fancy".  I love watching her inner artist bloom and her creativity blossom.  

I have a feeling that by the end of the summer, most of the windows in my house will have one of these on them. :)

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