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Faux Stained Glass Paintings on Transparency Sheets

In the “better late than never” category, last Spring we made these super fun faux stained glass paintings in the 5th/6th grade class.

faux stained glass painting

For this project, you will need clear transparency sheets, Sharpie markers, Gallery Glass Paint (the kind used to paint suncatchers), regular acrylic paints (optional) and cardstock picture frames (also optional).  I had a bunch of transparency sheets in my classroom already and I got the glass paint FREE from an art re-swap, so I knew I wanted to do something with these materials.

This unit was tied in to Medieval stained glass art and I showed them a slideshow of stained glass and cathedrals.

To begin, sketch out your design on a piece of paper.  Place the transparency over your sketch and trace the image using Sharpie (or other permanent) marker.  Then, using the glass paint bottles, squeeze paint onto your design.  Gently use the tip of the bottle to spread around the paint.

transparency art

The glass paint has a translucent quality, so it looks lovely hung up in windows.  You can also use acrylic paints in places if you want those colors opaque.

Dry them on a drying rack overnight.  If you stack them all together they might stick.  We stored them with a piece of white copy paper in between each one.

glass paints on transparency

We taped our transparencies to card stock frames in order to hang them up on the windows more easily.

stained glass art project

You can also place tinfoil behind them for a metallic look.

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.

6 Responses to Faux Stained Glass Paintings on Transparency Sheets

  1. Dena Lester says:

    Its a beautiful post of drawing!! 🙂
    Painting is a best way ti convey your messages, your imagination through your painting.

  2. Amazing blog. Nice art. Very creative.

  3. Kate says:

    Do you know if watered down acrylic would work with the plastic transparencies? Or would it be too runny and most likely not stay in place.

  4. Kate says:

    Or do you know of any other replacement for the glass paint for a school with a very small budget? Thanks

  5. mrs oraina curry says:

    they look fantastic well done all

    my grand children and I love this work

    best of luck in your future projects

    best regards

    Mrs Oraina Curry, Alex and Amy Bates

    From Northumberland England

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