Crafts Using Old Windows
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I've been working with old barn wood, wood windows, and doors, and other western stuff. Saw your site here and was impressed...very nice work.
I painted a wooden six window pane from the 40's using the One Stroke Painting technique. I have placed this on one of my walls without a window in the room.
My favorite surface is glass. There are wonderful glass paints out there such as Folkart Enamels, Decoart Glossies, Liquitex Glossies and Pebeo paints. All 3 brands make painting on glass and even mirrors a lot of fun. What a wonderfully inexpensive way to make a boring plain surface new again.
My friend Gwen gave me some things of her mother's who had passed away. She asked me to make a picture using these keepsakes for her to save in remembrance of her. I used turn clips nailed to the frame and foam board for the back so she could take the back off and remove items anytime. I put old yellowed newspaper down before placing others items on top. There was a pin that spelled "Mother", a mustard seed necklace she always wore, a card explaing the meaning of a mustard seed for good luck, a mothers poem, her eye glasses, a favorite bracelet, her church gloves, a black and white copy of a picture of her working in her kitchen peeling potatoes, a hankie, a corsage, a rose she saved, and a poem someone had written about her when she passed. Gwen was very thrilled with the results. It made me happy to see her tears of joy.
I saw the neatest idea at an art show years ago and it was so striking I've not forgotten it. The artist had painted a picture of her grandfather as she had seen him so often... walking to the house from the barn, carrying a pail of milk in each hand. She put this behind an old screen door as if she were seeing him from inside the house. It seems it would also work with an old wooden window. If I could paint, I'd like to do something like that... it reminded me of many visits to Grandpa's farm.
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