Magazine article Sunset

Windows and Young Artists ... Quick and Magical Decorations

Magazine article Sunset

Windows and Young Artists ... Quick and Magical Decorations

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Windows and young artists . . . quick An irresistible prospect to any child ever scolded for scrawling on the walls, window painting is a festive way to use a young fraffitist's talents.

You begin with large-scale line drawings on paper; these guide the painting. Tape them to the outside of a window, then apply colors from indoors. After the holidays, simply clean the glass with soapy water (don't paint on acrylic panes, since the scrubbing necessary in post-holiday cleanup can scratch them).

For the preliminary drawings, you will need felt-tip pens and large pieces of paper (try shelf paper, brown wrap, or computer paper).

For coloring, buy paintbrushes, tempera paints, and paper bowls or cups for the paints. Masking tape secures the paper to the glass and protects the window frames inside during coloring. Also have on hand some newspaper to cover the floor.

Draw images on paper first;

color in with temperas later

First, sit the young artists on the floor with sheets of paper cut slightly smaller than the window pane (if necessary, tape several pieces together). …

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