Painting windows for the holidays can be a lot of fun. Not only is it a way for you to express your joy and cheer for the holidays, but it can also be an engaging activity for the kids. Generally, children love to paint. They are quite excited to try their hands at different types of canvases and surfaces, which is one of the main reasons why so many children love to draw and write on the walls. As the holidays approach, the excitement level begins to increase throughout the household. The decorations start going up and ornaments are hung from the ceilings.
Everybody’s busy doing something or other, and then suddenly, it’s time for painting the windows! And that’s also the time when most people are suddenly lost in thought, wondering about the type of paint that would be best suited for the windows. Ideally, you would want something that will stick and maintain its color throughout the duration of the holidays. However, you don’t want to use standard wall paints since they might be difficult to remove after the holidays are over. You don’t want Santa’s face on the windows throughout the year, do you?
How to Paint Your Windows Like a Pro
Using tempera paints is a great option when it comes to painting the windows in your house. Tempera is a relatively fast-drying paint that uses colored pigments which are mixed with a binder medium that is soluble in water. The paint is quite long-lasting (paintings made by artists in the Renaissance era were done using tempera, and are still in existence), yet easy to remove.
Ideally, you should use powdered tempera paints and mix just a little bit of water in the tray. In order to make the paint stick to the windows, you should also add a little bit of dish soap. Since you will probably be painting on glass, adding a bit of white paint to all other colors except the black outline can help. Some people recommend pre-mixed tempera paints, but you might have an issue with making the paint stick to the windows. It goes without saying that you need to properly clean the glass before applying the paint.
Things to Avoid When Painting Holiday Windows
There are many mistakes that people make when painting the windows. First of all, remember to never paint inside the windows unless you live in a region that sees a lot of rainfall. Painting inside will significantly hide the painting itself due to the reflection of the glass from the outside. Also, it’s highly recommended that you avoid using old paint. It won’t be long before the paint drips down on the floor. That is one of the main reasons why it’s recommended that you mix the paint yourself. It will allow the paint to stick on the walls and won’t be affected due to the changes in temperature. Follow these tips, and you should be okay!