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Easy Renaissance and Medieval
Stained Glass Windows for Kids

Here's an inexpensive and fun way to teach kids about stained glass windows. My kids and girl scout troop enjoyed this craft. This is also a good activity to add to a study of the Renaissance and Medieval historical periods, architecture, cathedrals, or a study of art in general.

This is a washable craft. Some places that you might do this craft are: on a window in your house, on a clear glass plate or serving platter, on a sheet of window glass with taped edges, or on a sheet of plexi-glass.

SUPPLIES:

Your painting surface (options are described above) Inexpensive Oily Soap Paint whose recipe is listed in the "Article Archive" of this website.

Flour finger paint recipe below
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of water
1 tablespoon of liquid detergent
mixing bowl
Black powdered tempera*
Paintbrush
Squeeze bottle

DIRECTIONS FOR FLOUR FINGER PAINT:

1. Combine the flour, detergent, and water in the mixing bowl. Stir until they form a smooth paste. This may take a minute or two. It needs to be the consistency of mayonnaise. If it is too thick and heavy, it will slide off of your painting surface.
2. Blend in enough of the black powdered tempera paint to get the color you desire. A little bit will create a silver or pewter look, or add more to get solid black.
3. Cover and set aside until you are ready for it.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Plan your stained glass painting on paper.
2. Make a simple sketch of the “lead” outlines and “colored glass” areas. The leading is the black, brass, or silver outlines you see around a real piece of stained glass art.
3. Place your leading in the squeeze bottle. Shake it down to remove any air bubbles.
4. Make your outlines from your paper sketch with the squeeze bottle. Let the outlines dry for a few hours.
5. When your outlines are completely dry, paint with the interior areas with the Inexpensive Oily Soap Paints.

These artworks can be left up or washed off. So long as you do not use anything porous to paint on, no stains should remain. If so, just use a little bleach or bleach water to remove the color. Any streaking on windows can be cleared up with white vinegar or vinegar and water spritz.

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