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Little known fact: I originally went to college in pursuit of an art degree. Painting, specifically. How I wound up practicing law and then writing a food blog - well, I'm not even sure I know. But my first love was art. I do still paint on occasion, though not as often as I'd like, and almost never to completion. (If you've watched my live broadcasts, you may have caught the *nearly* finished octopus on our living room wall).
Despite my deep love and affection for all things artsy, I haven't been a historically crafty mom. In fact, up until a few months ago, I could probably count on two hands the number of projects my kids and I have done together. Crafting with kids tends to stress me out, and it doesn't help that I've had a baby on my hip nearly ten years running!
Recently though, I was invited to participate in a 24 hour live broadcasting marathon - the topic of which was kids crafts. Being somewhat obsessed with live broadcasts I joined up. The show was fun and successful, so we've made it a regular thing! Every Wednesday at 4pm EST you can find me duking it out with my five kids over art supplies on Facebook. I'd be totally lying if I didn't tell you it was completely stressful. But it's also SO fun! And we're getting such great projects and decorations out of it! Not to mention, sharing my love of art with the kids is pretty fantastic.
If you watch the show, you'll often see me pull out my special "Sharpie Stash" - the kids are allowed to use them, but only with guidance and direction. (i.e. me standing over them watching their every move). I love my Sharpies. Seriously. Love.
I'm pretty sure I own every type of Sharpie that exists, but currently I'm dually obsessed with the Sharpie pens and Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers. You've seen me use the markers here before with our Magnetic Fridge Frame tutorial. I've also shared mugs, and ornaments around the holidays. Oh! And I bought some beautiful antique frames recently and had the kids each "paint" me a canvas board to frame and hang over our piano!
These tissue paper window clings have only added to my infatuation with the paint markers. If you watched us make them live (recording is here!), you saw how well the markers worked for creating beautiful smooth lines on our faux stained glass. I wasn't sure how my kids would receive the craft since it was inspired by something the YMCA preschool class did - but they were super into it.
So much so, that I don't think we'll ever have to worry about anyone accidentally walking into our glass sliding door anymore because it's absolutely covered in clings!
The process is simple enough that my four year old is able to make them on her own (although, pro tip - make sure you have scissors that haven't been dipped in yogurt. It makes cutting *so* much easier). It's simple enough for my 4 four year old, but still fun for all ages. I had a great time making several of my own. And it doesn't hurt that the result is really pretty regardless of your skill level when it comes to art.
Tissue Paper Window Clings Craft, Materials:
- Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers, colors of choice
- Tissue paper, cut into small irregularly shaped pieces
- Press and seal cling film (found near the foil, NOT the same as saran wrap)
- Something to trace like a coloring book or picture
Tissue Paper Window Clings Craft, Directions:
- Gently place a piece of cling film over the image you want to trace, sticky side down. Do not press the film onto the image.
- Using your Sharpie Paint Marker, trace the image with as much or little detail as preferred.
- If your underlying paper is disposable, cut the cling into the shape you want while it is still attached to the paper (it's easier to cut this way), making sure to leave enough around the perimiter of the image to allow the cling to stick to a surface after tissue paper has been added.
- Then remove cling and place it sticky side up on your work surface. (If your image can't be cut, carefully pull the cling off and then cut it to size).
- Press tissue paper bits into the cling (you have to use a little bit of force) until you have filled the image area.
- Press onto a smooth surface like a glass window or door, and enjoy!
More reasons to love these markers: they mark opaque and glossy on light and dark surfaces, can be used on virtually any surface: metal, pottery, wood, rubber, glass, plastic, stone, and more, they're quick-drying (really quick!), and they're resistant to water, fading, and abrasion. The Sharpie Oil Based Paint Markers are also AP Certified, and Xylene free.
I got my at Michaels and you should be sure to check your local newspaper and online for Michaels coupons while supplies last. If you make this craft, be sure to post a picture to instagram and tag me (@MommyNamedApril) as well as Sharpie (@Sharpie) - you can also hashtag it #MamaLovesFood and #SharpiePaintCreate!
FYI - All Sharpie Paint Markers are BOGO 50% off at Michaels June 5th through 11th and again June 19th through 25th while supplies last!