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Picture of Faux Stained Glass Window
I really liked the idea of faking stained glass. I have some very boring windows that are un-curtainable but need to provide privacy for our fishbowl house. Buying a door with stained glass is pricey and getting a new door is silly when our door is in good shape. So I tried in vain to look up someone elses project for faking stainded glass and kept coming up with some not so convienent ideas that involved a lot of work and products that I couldnt find in my area. So here is my easy and fast project for privacy stained glass.

Step 1: Step #1

Picture of Step #1
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Gather your stuffs. You will need:

a ruler
a sharpi marker or any old permenant marker
puffy fabric paint (i used tulip brand)
acrylic metallic paint (i used plaid "folk art")
a foam brush
paper plate
a stained glass pattern ( i obviously hand copied mine off of an internet search for "stained glass pattern")


To start, clean your window. It can be any glass window. I did this on GLASS not plexiglass so I only know that this works on glass.
( Dont be afraid! I have done this once already and I cleaned it off with soap and water 5 months after I painted it. So it is perfect for renters or commitment worriers). Get your sketch.

Step 2: Step #2 pattern

Picture of Step #2 pattern
For this next step remember that perfection is not necessary. It needs to look nice but I never worry about exact measurements. Transfer the lines of your sketch to the window using your ruler (or other strait edge) and your sharpi. Or transfer your pattern free hand. My first window pattern was done free hand. This pattern just happens to need a strait edge.
The sharpi can be easily erased with a paper towel and water if you mess up, so again, dont worry. The paint is going to cover up the sharpi so you will not see it. I am painting on the inside so I am using the sharpi on the inside as well.
 
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DevaStacia1 year ago
Hi! Nice job! I did this once on a "broadcasting live" bathroom window. I even made it match my lil rug and shower curtain. Just so you know, you can also do this non-permanently! There's a line of paints and "leading" from Gallery Glass. The nice thing about that brand is, if you ever tire of the design or change Colours inside, you can peal the whole thing right off. You can even re-stick it. Handy for shower doors if you move!
porklips (author)  DevaStacia1 year ago
Thanks for the feedback. Glad that you also figured out a way to paint glass! It sounds like you missed the beginning of my instructions that let you know that this is a non permanent craft technique, so don't be afraid to go crazy. I also used the acrylic paints because I found the gallery glass paints to be 3x expensive and actually harder to remove from my window.
porklips (author) 1 year ago
Thank you mercurycrest! a few of the pics show how much light is coming through, but I see that they aren't the best pictures to demonstrate lightage. I will see if I can dig some pictures out to show you all what it looks like from the inside. I have since removed this particular pattern and replaced it, but I can assure you that it lets in plenty of light. I didn't use a lot of dark colors and if you use the metallic type of paint it will be more like frosted glass than anything, even with the reds/greens/ect. Happy painting! ps I mixed some of the paints with a little water to dilute and make different shades.
Very well done.

I just picked up some old picture frames and am about to stain them in a similar fashion.

I'm curious as to the amount of light your technique lets through. Could you perhaps post a picture from the inside-looking out- on a sunny day?
Fantastic, I have done this many times before using those same craft paints, but here's a trick. Mix your acrylic paints with water soluble varnish. Now a little goes a long way 1/8 cup of varnish only needs about a teaspoon of paint for the desired effect. You will have beautiful colours with a nice level of transparency. The only problem is the folk paints are quite opaque to begin with, the best way is to ask for tiny little amounts of paint tint from a paint shop. Use this stuff even more sparingly. It will shine with a translucent like jewel quality.
excellent cost saving idea.... thanks!
I like the varnish idea. I'll have to try that. I always mix a little dish soap in. The windows I keep painted crank out so I can spray them down and squeegee them when I am ready to start again. My daughter just did a wonderful winter scene for me.
janedoemn2 years ago
How do you remove it? Are the paints you used water soluble?
porklips (author)  janedoemn2 years ago
These paints are water soluble and very easy to take off. I had the same paints on the same window for over five months and used a wet rag and soap and water. I did need to do a little scraping with a razor blade on the thicker areas but really easy to remove. Have fun!
I love it! So beautiful!
canida2 years ago
Wow, that looks great!
ChrysN2 years ago
Great job, that looks really nice!
Kiteman2 years ago
You can rotate your photos on your home computer (go to thumbnail view, right-click and select either "rotate clockwise" or "rotate counterclockwise"), and then re-upload them to this project without having to start it again (you, as the author, should see an "edit" button near the top-right of this page).
porklips (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
Thank you. I had a duh moment when you pointed that out! all fixed!
Cool.