Easy stained glass painting with wax paper and a bottle lid!
You may have seen our Eric Carle Easter Eggs recently, which were inspired by Dilly Dali Art’s Eric Carle post. Our egg project had us painting on waxed paper for the first time, and it was such a beautiful process, I thought we’d experiment a little more, using that kind of canvas.
I really didn’t have any set project in mind when we started out. The process just kind of evolved as we were painting.
Gather your supplies:
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I suspect that any paint would work for this project, but I chose our crayola washable kids paints because of their vibrant colours and glossy, translucent quality.
I gave each hooligan a square of wax paper, and encouraged them to cover the entire surface with their paints.
I thought they would simply brush the paint all over the waxed paper, but a couple of them experimented by dabbing their paint all over the surface. That’s when my idea started to come together. (in case you’re wondering, the outside photos in the next image were taken under fluorescent lighting, while the middle one was taken in natural light in front of a window).
The 3-step process:
- Have your little one dab paint all over their wax paper. Splat it on nice and thick. The closer together your paint dots are, the better it is for blending the colours together in the next step.
- Next, give them good-sized plastic lid. Our Gatorade lids were perfect, but the flat bottom of a glass or jar would work too.
- Now, press and twist the lid into the paint, blending the dots together. Occasionally swipe the lid against a piece of paper to clean it off, to prevent the dots from becoming too “muddy”.
We were all so impressed by the finished results! Some of the younger hooligans simply spread their paint around, and some chose to paint sparingly, and skipped the bottle lid step. Each child decided how they wanted to their project to look.
Isn’t this impressive?
To complete the project, I cut out some simple cardstock frames, and the hooligans glued them to them onto their paintings.
What a gorgeous way to add a pop of Spring colour to the windows!
Imagine painting a piece large enough to completely cover a window? Or to cover the panes in a french door? Hmmm, there may just be an idea for a future project here!
If you’re looking for another simple “stained glass” project to do with your hooligans, check out our stained glass easter eggs made with contact paper, tissue paper and yarn!