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Holiday Window Painting

Updated on August 30, 2014
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I have gleefully painted windows for a couple of decades. Learn about my technique and decorate your windows this holiday season!

Residential Window Paintings

Residential window painting for the Christmas Holiday Season
Residential window painting for the Christmas Holiday Season | Source

Painted Decorations on Windows

Painted decorations are frequently seen at Christmas time. They are applied to glass windows and often feature whimsical characters and seasonal themes. They are bright and cheery. The colors and images warm any wintry day sharing holiday spirit with all that pass by them. They delight and dazzle anyone possessing the wonder and excitement that holidays bring.

These paintings are easily applied once the technique is understood. They are a fabulous highlight any holiday or special occasion. Family favorites may be incorporated into the window designs giving the home front a unique styling. Accented with lights the painted images will almost glow at night. Learning this technique years ago has taken this author in many directions with her art.


A Beginner's Guide to Window Painting

The tricks of the trade are fully illustrated in this beginner's guide to window painting. The author and artist describes the techniques and tools needed to draw and paint simple holiday designs. Artistic talent is not a requirement. The guide includes step by step instructions for creating templates and stencils as well as a section on basic lettering. Everything an individual needs to know about this unique decorating technique may be found in the pages of this how to guide.


Creating Christmas Art

Teddy bear and stocking door glass design
Teddy bear and stocking door glass design | Source

Decorating Windows With Paint

Winter is generally a drab and dreary time with the exception of the decorating that occurs around traditional holidays. Decorating windows with paint is a great way to accent yard décor and home trimmings. Themes are only limited to the imagination.

Large windows may be used to incorporate a full holiday scene. Medium sized and smaller frames may be painted with individual characters, images, or designs that relate to an overall decorating theme.

The teddy bear in a stocking is one of this artist's original designs and one that has been repeated over the years. The color pallet is basic enough in a window painter's kit to allow for any number of characters, designs, and images to be created in paint and brush technique. Some images require deep detailing. Other images only need a stroke of a paint brush.

Santa Claus Scenes

Santa barber shop scene
Santa barber shop scene | Source

Traditional Christmas Themes

Traditional Christmas themes include Santa in various activities from packing the sled, to delivering the toys. There have been occasions where this artist has been asked to do business specific images and designs such as the one in this barber shop scene. The elf stands on a ladder trimming Santa up for his big flight on Christmas Eve. This design was an inspiration from 2005, when a large set of windows was painted at a beauty salon. The holiday duo has been part of the artist's portfolio ever since. It is interesting and fun to take traditional themes and create a unique view of the characters.

A Santa Claus painting requires a bit more experience than that of a holly leaf design. It is because of this difficulty that the first section of the Essential Window Painting Guide was presented with the basics of the window painting technique. What is needed for window preparation and supplies is listed. The projects are spelled out so that beginners may use them to get started immediately. The author shares personal experience of over 30 years in the hobby of painting holiday art.

Halloween Paintings

Christmas season is not the only time one can have painted designs on windows. Halloween painting ideas are wonderful window decorations. Generally a window painting artist's season begins in Fall. The ghost, goblins, and creepy things of this seasonal occasion make for very unique window art. This artist personally likes the pumpkin patch theme. Witches and skulls, candy corn and trick or treaters dance across windows in delightful imagery. Pumpkin paintings can be very entertaining depending on the faces chosen for the Jack O' Lantern effect.

Halloween Pumpkin Painting

Halloween Pumpkin Painting: This delightful pumpkin greets customers on the bottom of a door frame.
Halloween Pumpkin Painting: This delightful pumpkin greets customers on the bottom of a door frame. | Source

Other Holidays and Occasions for Window Painting

Thanksgiving follows in the Fall line up for window painting season. Other holidays to decorate with paint include Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's. Birthdays are fun to decorate for as well as anniversaries and new baby greetings.

Holiday decorating can be a dazzling display of temporary art work. When the season changes, clean off the previous painting and set the scene for the next celebration. These are an amusing way to demonstrate a sense of holiday spirit.

Valentine's Day Window Painting

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a unique collage of holiday images painted on the window glass of the home or office.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a unique collage of holiday images painted on the window glass of the home or office. | Source

Painted Thanksgiving Turkeys

These frolicking Thanksgiving turkeys romp through fall leaves decorating the windows of this business for the fall season.
These frolicking Thanksgiving turkeys romp through fall leaves decorating the windows of this business for the fall season. | Source

© 2014 Maria Burgess

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very cool hobby!

      Great hub.

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thank you for dropping by!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! Thanks for sharing your interest and talent! ;-)

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thank you, Robin Marie! Appreciate the visit! =)

    • Robin Marie profile image

      Robin 

      4 years ago from USA

      I love your window painting!

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thank you, Brite-Ideas!

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thank you for the visit, Nancy! Window painting has brought me a lot of joy and fun moments.

    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      love your window paintings, how pretty!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      When I was 15 years old I painted our windows for the holidays. I wasn't as accomplished at doing it as you are, but it made my Mom happy. HA! Congratulations on your first Hub. Well done! I voted it up!

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