Don't you love making your kids think that you have totally lost your mind? Try painting on the windows!Spring has started to poke it's head up here so we decided it was time to make the house look like it. This is our learning room window and I had hoped to pick up an ivy garland to drape over the top but since we are all feeling blah and not much like running out anywhere, I decided to dress the window up with some paint. Yes, that's right. It's paint. But never fear, it washes off quickly and easily with a little warm water & vinegar. I just used warm water and that was enough but the vinegar might come in handy once the paint has been on their awhile.
I only had blue tempera paint in the craft closet left over from the popcorn bluebonnets that we made many moons ago. I was able to add a little yellow food coloring to make the green but I think that the paint produces a better color. As soon as we get to the craft store, we are going to add butterflies and ladybugs and all of the other things that remind us of spring! I have promised the children that the lower windows are reserved for them. Here is the recipe:
2 Tbl. dried tempera paint
1 Tbl. warm water
1 tsp. dish liquid
Mix water and paint until paint is dissolved. Slowly mix in soap (so as not to make bubbles). Paint with brush or sponge, just watch out for globs and drips. The paint dries pretty fast but you might encourage your children to be patient before adding multiple layers to get a really vibrant color. The first coat was kind of thin. Also, if you add a little more paint or a little less water, it does make the paint thicker but you still will need to do a couple of coats to get vivid colors.
I'll post another picture when the window is finished.