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Windows and young artists ... quick and magical decorations.

Windows and young artists . . . quick An irresistible prospect to any child ever scolded for scrawling on the walls, window painting is a festive way to use a young fraffitist's talents.

You begin with large-scale line drawings on paper; these guide the painting. Tape them to the outside of a window, then apply colors from indoors. After the holidays, simply clean the glass with soapy water (don't paint on acrylic panes, since the scrubbing necessary in post-holiday cleanup can scratch them).

For the preliminary drawings, you will need felt-tip pens and large pieces of paper (try shelf paper, brown wrap, or computer paper).

For coloring, buy paintbrushes, tempera paints, and paper bowls or cups for the paints. Masking tape secures the paper to the glass and protects the window frames inside during coloring. Also have on hand some newspaper to cover the floor.

Draw images on paper first;

color in with temperas later

First, sit the young artists on the floor with sheets of paper cut slightly smaller than the window pane (if necessary, tape several pieces together). Next, have children create window-size holiday scene.

Tape the paper panel, drawing facin in, to the outside of the window. Protect the inside window frame and floor with newspaper and additional tape.

Paint on the inside of the glass

following the felt-pen lines

As children fill in with paint, we recommend they do the lightest colors first, or start with details (such as facial features, buttons, or ornaments) and then move out toward the background.

Either way, let the paint dry between colors so they don't bleed; also keep the temperas thick to prevent dripping.

When painting is finished, remove the paper drawing, newspapers, and tape. The triptych and Santa's village panel pictured in the large protograph above left were completed in an afternoon.
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