This is an old window my mother-in-law found at a garage sale. She found one, too, and made it into a really cute collage picture frame for pictures of Sam. Mine just sat around for a while until this summer when I attempted to paint it. I liked the colors, but I forgot that I don’t have any artistic ability, so just painting the different panes different colors was as far as I got. Plus, for some reason the acrylic I was using didn’t really stick to the glass, thus the chipped spot you see in the bottom left pane. So the window just sat in my garage for like 6 months while I tried to figure out what I was going to do with it.
This is a poster I had of Van Gogh’s Irises. I’ve had this poster since high school I think, and it has traveled with me from my room at my mom and dad’s to my college dorm rooms and beyond. It’s seen better days. It was in our closet, waiting to be displayed once more, and I came across it during one of my recent decluttering binges. Poor Irises. I was going to just throw it away when I had an idea….
This is Gloss Medium and Varnish. I don’t really know what it is, except this acrylic stuff that dries clear. It can be used with acrylic paints or to adhere stuff like paper, fabric, etc to stuff. At some point it occurred to me that my forlorn Irises poster was roughly the same size as my old window. And I wondered if I could somehow use the acrylic stuff to “glue” it to the window…
I roughly (emphasis on ‘roughly’) measured a little bit of the poster that would fit inside a pane, painted the back of the cut-off bit with the acrylic stuff and pressed it down on the pane. Then, I painted another layer of the acrylic over the top, making sure to “fill” along the edges.
It was so easy to do, and didn’t take long at all. I know this because I finished it all during Sam’s nap, which today was 30 minutes for some reason. I think you could use just about anything, not just a poster — postcards, photographs, pretty pieces of paper, pages of books, etc. Yay for craftiness!