I came across a great blog article by My Little 3 and Me entitled Fall Art- Window Painting. I had seen window art before but never took the time to learn how to do it. My Little 3 and Me created a video where you can watch how it is done which may be helpful while doing this project as well.
After watching the video I was inspired to have my children make their own window art. I decided to have them make tape resist pumpkins for the fall season.
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Here are directions on how to set things up. If you have an older child who can handle blue painter’s tape then you can have them place the tape in the shape of a pumpkin. My kids are only 22-months-old so I figured I’d set it up for them.
Once the contact paper was in place and the pumpkin shape was created with the tape, I squirted a small amount of yellow and red paint on the contact paper. Because I decided to put yellow and red paint instead of just orange, I was able to explain to them that yellow and red make orange.
My daughter always tends to go all out with the paints. She often ditches the brushes in replacement for her fingers. My son is more careful and would prefer to not get himself dirty. I encouraged them both to spread out the paint and to cover as much of the white as they could—my daughter did it automatically. In order to help my son grasp this concept, I would point to a white area and ask, “Can you paint here?” When he did I’d say “Yay!”.
When done painting you can set the paper out to dry naturally or you can use a blow dryer on the cool setting (image 1).
Once the paint is dry you can remove the tape, revealing the pumpkin! Sometimes paint will leak under the tape. I don’t mind this but if you do, you can use a cotton swab to wipe up the excess paint (image 2).
Now you can take a second piece of contact paper and carefully place it over the painted area. Make sure to do this slowly and press down the contact paper evenly (image 3).
You can now remove the backing and place the art up on the window!
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