I love the idea of DIY window art in solidarity during this period of social distancing. We have lots of kiddos in the neighborhood who play outside. It’s one of the things we like most about living here. It’s a nice place to start a family.
I wanted to give DIY window art a shot with the goal of adding a little cheer to this bizarre season, and obviously there is nothing more cheerful than rainbows. I decided to use paint so the sunlight would be able to shine through the rainbows. It’s gorgeous in the afternoon and lights the room up with joy. Honestly we would keep this DIY window art up year round!
I already had the paint supplies I needed and quickly got to work.
The day was full of painting rainbows on our windows and listening to 80’s music. Occasionally the kids from our block would ride up on their bikes to check out my progress. I would wave and get back to my dance and paint party! I’m thrilled with how these DIY window art turned out!
Now I need to tell you all the fun tips and tricks to paint your own! Let’s get to making.
Supplies needed for DIY window art :
Paint brushes and trays
Paper towels or an old rag
A good playlist!
The first thing you need is water based acrylic paint. It can be whatever brand you prefer, and in no way has to be a paint specifically designated for window art. I used this brand for the most part. The next thing you need is tape to protect the window frame. You don’t want to drip paint in tiny crevices you can’t clean.
Once you have set up your art space with all the necessary supplies, you can begin to paint the windows. I chose a blue and orange based color pallet then painted one large rainbow and used it to gauge the rest of the smaller rainbows. There was no specific plan; It was just about having fun!
To clean off the paint, first use a damp Magic Eraser to break it up. It takes a little scrubbing on any thick patches of paint. I would say have two erasers handy, one for when you’re painting (to fix mistakes), and a fresh one for when you clean off all the paint. After the eraser, use a paper towel to finish clearing off the cloudy paint water from the window. Finally, spray with window cleaner to clear away any leftover streaks and you’re done!
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