Have you seen people painting their windows to look like stained glass and wondered "how did they do that?" Wonder no more! Follow these simple steps and you'll soon have your own colorful masterpiece to show off.
What paint should I use?
Running a business like GoRock.com, we have closet after closet of all sorts of paint! While we're usually using acrylic paint for painting rocks, for this project it was important to use washable paint. Thankfully, we had some Crayola washable paint in our supply closet.
This particular box of paint included 10 bottles, each 2 oz. in size (apple for size comparison). But, any paint labeled as washable should be fine.*
Taping your design
This was the fun part and where you can really unleash some creativity!
Our kids wanted a big heart in the middle, then "lots of triangles" around it. As we were taping, some of our triangles were turning into trapezoids and parallelograms and, suddenly, we were in the midst of a mini math lesson. 🤣
But, back to art. There's really no right or wrong way to do it. Have fun with it!
⚠️Worth noting: Initially, we couldn't find painter's tape around the house and tried an area using masking tape. Not sure if it was the tape we were using, but after about 10 minutes, we pulled off the masking tape and it left behind some adhesive. Thankfully, some Goo Gone took are of that, but we strongly recommend sticking with painter's tape.
And...about 30 minutes later. Voila!
Note: We also taped the edges of the window in case anyone painted outside of the lines.
The paint brush does matter
This was our first time doing this project and we learned some things along the way. Our biggest takeaway was: the paint brush you use does matter.
When we were gathering our supplies, we just grabbed 6-7 random brushes — the idea being, having a different brush for each color we wanted to use.
What we learned...
We started with the bright orange paint and used a flat brush with fairly stiff bristles. We were immediately discouraged because the paint was brushing on really streaky. This seemed to be due to a combination of a few things — the stiffness of the bristles, the narrower width of the brush tip and the runny consistency of the paint.
That's when we tried another brush — a mop brush with soft bristles.
As you can see, this made a huge difference! The paint brush held onto the paint better and brushed on smoothly with better coverage. The soft bristles and wider tip really made a difference.
Since we only had one of these types of brushes, we just rinsed in between colors.
Proof that having the right tool for the job makes a big difference!
Painting your design
This part of the project was pretty straightforward, but felt it was worth mentioning something we learned.
What we learned...
In one small triangle, we painted one coat, let it dry, then tried painting a second coat. Our thought was it would help darken the color. As we were painting that second coat, it was wiping away the first coat and we were having trouble getting any sort of coverage. So, we ditched that idea and finished the project using a single coat of paint.
A stained glass masterpiece!
What a fun family project! The kids loved being involved from the beginning. We decided we're going to paint some more windows around the house. Waking up and seeing that window with rays of sunshine beaming through just made us smile!
* We don't typically publish a blog post without first testing several methods and ensuring long-term results. This post was written in the midst of a global pandemic 😞and with many members of our community asking "how to do the stained glass window painting", we wanted to give it a try and report on what we learned. We specifically used Crayola washable paint. While other brands of washable paint should work fine, we do not claim responsibility for any paint that doesn't come clean or damage done.
GoRock - not your ordinary rock painting group
Paying it forward, one painted rock at a time.
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- see on a map where your painted rocks travel and spread kindness
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- read stories from those who have found your painted rocks
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