For this year’s Halloween Window Painting I decided to experiment with something a little different, Faux Stained Glass.
This was a brand new technique that I brainstormed up. And because I wanted to share it here, I wanted to challenge myself to make it as cheap and easy as possible.
I’m not only impressed with how it turned out. It’s Awesome!
But I even surprised myself with the total cost of the supplies.
It all came in under $11.
(Cheaper if you have some already on hand)
Let me break it down for you…
Acrylic Paint @ $1.29 per bottle (Black and White not pictured)
3 rolls of Black Electricians Tape (99 feet each) @ about 70 cents each
1 Large Kitchen Sponge cut into squares @ about $1.00
Plus a lot of work during nap times = priceless
Total = $10.84
It all started with web research and pin boarding to find ideas for the style and design I wanted. I wanted to get a sort of gothic church look using mostly straight lines.
Then I sketched up some ideas and came up with the guide shown taped to the window (above)
I did the curves at the top by tying a string around my marker, and using the string compass-style to get some really nice arches.
Electrician’s Tape was surprisingly easy to work with. It will come undone when it sticks to itself. It stretches in case you cut it just a little too short. And it even bends around the arches.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve never used electrical tape on my windows before. While I’m confident I can get it off later, PLEASE take care with your own windows.
And don’t try this if you are at all unsure.
Also, I don’t know how the tape will react in very hot, very cold weather or very humid weather. You Mileage My Vary.
Here’s a shot of it all taped up (with a bonus napping cat).
If you’ve seen my projects from last year, you’ll note that my windows don’t actually have a white ‘break’ down the center. I painted in the division to create the illusion of 4 equal panels.
And because I wanted to create a Gothic arch at the top, I painted in the outside areas with several coats of black.
Next, comes my favorite part. Adding color.
I made several copies of my original guide and sat down with my son’s crayons and played until I came up with colors and patterns liked. Then I just followed my coloring as I painted the window in.
I used a simple sponge stippling technique to make the cool textured glass look (below).
You’ll want to “over-paint” the tape here (shown above). Just go for it. One coat should be perfect. You want the light to penetrate the color.
Here’s a shot from the over-painted side with the sun coming through. You can’t even see the over-paint once you get light shining through it. Once it’s all done and dry, you can come back and clean up the over-paint with black paint if you want.
I haven’t decided if I’m going to do that or not.
Here’s the final result.
I left the two center diamond panels open so cats and family can still see outside.
When it’s time to take down the paint, you’ll want to use a razor blade. You can find these in the hardware store and many craft stores.
Always keep this out of reach of children!
Press the blade even with the glass, and at something like a 20 degree angle.
Press against the glass and scrape the paint off.
It should come off fairly smoothly, and make colorful confetti and curly bits. If you want, you can put paper or plastic down to catch the bits.
Pickup, sweep or vacuum debris.
See last year’s tutorials (below) for cleanup photos.