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How to Make Fun Faux Stained Glass Art

Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

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Can DIY Paint Mimic the Look of Stained Glass?

My answer is yes! How would you like to make a beautiful and shiny piece of art that looks like enamel when it's dry? I used watercolor paper for this project, but it would possibly work using cardstock. Thinner paper can 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.

  • 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.
  • Use ¼” or smaller artist brushes to apply the paint. Otherwise, you can use Q-tips to dot the paint onto your art. Just be sure to use separate Q-tips for each color.

Let's get started! If you want to make the stained glass cross, it's a 5"x5" square with the cross in the center and lines dividing the space in different directions.

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Faux Stained Glass Paint Recipe

  1. Measure equal parts light corn syrup and white vinegar into a squeezable bottle. For example, combine one tablespoon syrup and one tablespoon of vinegar.
  2. Add drops of food dye to achieve the color you want. Mix dye colors to make orange, purple, blue, green, etc.
  3. Stopper the container and shake well.
  4. 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 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.
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What You'll Need

  • Faux stained glass paint
  • White watercolor paper
  • Black crayon
  • Easter egg shape (Pattern)
  • Black Sharpie marker
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Instructions

1. Draw a grouping of eggs, using the egg shape pattern, or make a template for the eggs. Draw the eggs overlapping.

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2. Add leading with the black crayon. Outline and add lines to decorate the eggs.

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3. Paint in the spaces. Carefully apply it in the spaces with different colors.

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4. Let the paint dry. This will take a few hours, so put the painting in a safe place. Do not put your fingers in the paint to check if it is dry for at least two hours. This is a lesson in patience!

  • When the paint is thoroughly dry, a chalk background can be applied around the eggs. 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.

Other Examples

Once you make one of these pictures, you'll be wanting to try others. Go to it, it's a barrel of fun.

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© 2015 Loraine Brummer

Would you try the faux painting? or leave a comment.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on April 16, 2015:

Hi, Catherine! I think this fake, stained glass art, method is more suitable as a paper art. It could probably be called faux enamel instead of stained glass. Kids really like making this art.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on April 15, 2015:

Very interesting. Can the finished painting be put in a window and will the light shine through? It would make a nice privacy screen for a window in a door. It would also be nice for a window with a bad view.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on March 05, 2015:

Hi favored! This faux stained glass paint is so much fun to work with. And a very little bit of the paint goes a long, long way. Hope you try it out.

Fay Favored from USA on March 04, 2015:

What a neat project for the family and even in the classroom. I like that there isn't anything harmful in the ingredients. Giving it a pin.