Fun Faux Stained Glass Art
How would you like to make a beautiful, super bright and shiny, enamel looking when dry, stained glass, piece of art?
I used watercolor paper for this project, but it would possibly work using cardstock. I just know that thinner paper than that would warp too much. For the translucent look, use white paper.
This has to be one of my all time favorite art projects. I love the bright colors and am always amazed at how easy, and inexpensive, the paints are to make and use.
The paints are made by mixing corn syrup, vinegar and food dye. The vinegar cuts the syrupy consistency, but doesn’t change the enamel look when dry. Simply measure the ingredients into a sealable container, shake, and the paint is ready to use.
It takes a very small amount of this paint, so there is no need to mix up cupfuls for a classroom project. I mixed mine in re-closable, empty, glue and plastic squeeze bottles (inexpensive at the dollar store.)
To use the paints, I put a few drops of paint in the palette cups. (An inexpensive paint palette can be made by cutting the bottom from one-liter plastic bottles, like Coke or Pepsi.)
Use ¼” or smaller artist brushes to apply the paint. (Or you can use Q-tips to dot the paint onto your art. Just be sure to use separate Q-tips for each color.)
Faux Stained Glass Recipe
Faux Stained Glass Paint Recipe: Measure equal parts of light corn syrup and white vinegar into a squeezable bottle (one tablespoon syrup and one tablespoon of vinegar.) Add drops of food dye to achieve the color you want (mix dye colors to make orange, purple, blue green, etc.)
Stopper the container and shake well. Drop a few drops of paint into the cups of a paint palette. You’ll be surprised at how little paint it takes for an art project.
Be sure to seal the containers, when finished, to keep the paints from drying in the bottle.
I found that black crayon was a good “leading” to use on watercolor paper. Use good pressure on the crayon to get a nice black “leading.” The crayon lines will keep the paint colors separated.
Faux Stained Glass Tutorial
The stained glass cross, shown above in the introduction paragraph, is 5" x 5" square. It was simply made by drawing a cross in the center of the square and dividing the spaces around the cross.
This tutorial will be for the Easter egg grouping. Either print off the egg shape pattern or draw and egg on a piece of cardboard for a template.
Faux stained glass paint (Recipe above)
Watercolor paper, white
Easter egg shape (Pattern)
Black Sharpie marker
Easter Egg Grouping
Draw a grouping of eggs, using the egg shape pattern, or make a template for the eggs. Draw the eggs overlapping.
Black Crayola Leading
With the black crayon, outline and add lines to decorate the eggs.
Painting in the Spaces
Carefully apply the faux glass paint, filling in the spaces with different colors.
Let it Dry
Let the paint dry. This will take a few hours, so put the painting in a safe place. DO NOT put your fingers on the paint, to check if it is dry, for at least two hours. A lesson in patience!
When the paint is thoroughly dry, a chalk background can be applied around the eggs if desired. Do not apply the chalk over the paint. Remove excess chalk with a Kleenex.
If you want the leading to appear darker, go over the black crayon lines with the black Sharpie.
Once you make one of these pictures, you'll be wanting to try others. Go to it......it's a barrel of fun.
© 2015 Loraine Brummer
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