Picture Windows

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Project by justjoel posted 06-08-2013 01:58 PM 2831 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was time to retire the cold frame for the season, and I wanted to put the windows from it on the fence in the main veggie garden area, but there just wasn’t room (and I’ll not likely be using a cold frame next season). So what do to with the windows? Give them back to Gene? Naw, he doesn’t want them.

Well, then I got this wild hair of an idea about a week ago when I was cleaning up and planting in an area out front, and came up with these.

I like the sunflower well enough, but the center of the morning glory is too large. It’s strange painting on glass as you have to paint backwards; foreground first instead of background. And unless you scrape it off and start over, once you layer on a second coat, what is under it is there for good. You certainly have to plan ahead more than with painting on an opaque surface.

I painted the sunflower first, then the morning glory (both of these flowers are planted near here). And I figured out after I painted the center that I could draw on the outside of the glass with dry erase markers to outline what I was doing – worked great (just like a coloring book or paint-by-numbers sheet).

I shaded the not-flower parts of the glass with various colors/layers of spray paint, and sealed the whole thing with more layers (it is just acrylic paint that would not stand up to much water) then sealed the whole back with some tar paper.

I’m not showing pictures of the larger area where these are hung, as that is a minor project by itself and that will come later.

Just 5 minutes after I hung these, a neighbor I’d never spoken to walked by with children and dogs in tow and commented on these, saying that she has a couple of old windows and knows what she is going to do with them now. I have one more window that I think I’ll paint a butterfly on and hang in the backyard. My friend that gave me these windows has half a dozen more, and I think I might get some from him to paint up for an artisan’s fair at a local nursery for September.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 06-08-2013 02:22 PM

This just goes to show that you have always had your own window on reality Joel! Love the windows, they are a great idea that would brighten up any area of a garden.

-- My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Ale

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posted 06-08-2013 02:25 PM

magnificent … I wish I had a fence!

and you’ve met another neighbour… awesome

I do wish I had your creative skills

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-08-2013 03:15 PM

This is awesome Joel. How is it you never run out of ideas…or fence to put things on?!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 06-08-2013 05:05 PM

Your ideas are wonderful, Joel. I think art and gardening belong together.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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