So, You Want to Paint Holiday Windows?

Updated on July 21, 2016
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I have gleefully painted windows for a couple of decades. Learn about my technique and decorate your windows this holiday season!

If you have ever thought about painting beautiful art on windows, this is the how-to guide you've been looking for. Painting holiday windows has been a hobby of mine for many, many years.

These painting techniques are the trade secrets I have developed over 30 years as a successful holiday artist and window painter. Colorful window dressings are especially popular around Christmas and I have a lot of fun creating them. So can you.

Learn how to paint your own windows at home with this easy-to-follow art tutorial. Using Tempera, a washable watercolor paint, you can create traditional images or designs of your own.

These painting techniques can be applied to the inside or outside of window glass for any holiday or special occasion. Discover which art supplies and tools are used. With these tips and tricks, you will be painting your holiday windows and be the envy of your neighbors!

What You'll Need

My favorite paint medium is the Student Grade Tempera by Blick Art. Yes, it is poster paint, but it is a special mixture. I have used Tempera since 1978 and it works well for me in the dry, desert climate of Southern Nevada. I have found it to be the best paint for my holiday paintings. All of the designs on this page are painted with it.

Add to your primary color pallet with a set of fluorescent paints. These vivid colors pop off the window when used as fill or highlights. A little goes a long way with these beautiful neon colors, so use sparingly!

A singing snowman painted at the bottom of a door panel.
A singing snowman painted at the bottom of a door panel. | Source

How Durable Is Tempera?

Tempera is a watercolor paint and it is very durable for painting window art. It will last a long time if it is not exposed to direct rain or a water source and is not applied too thick.

This singing snowman is painted on the lower part of a door frame. If I don't remove it, the snowman will remain bright and colorful for many months or even years. The images do get scratched here and there by people bumping into them, but overall they last a very long time. Direct sunlight will fade colorful pigments over time but your image will stay bright for the season.

Load your initial holiday Tempera paint kit with Christmas decoration colors: white, green, and red. This will get you on your way to decorating for the holidays. Add black, blue, and yellow for outlines and highlighting. These are enough colors to get you started painting basic images.

Paint Tip: Tempera keeps for the long term. Store it just like a food product, at temperatures around 70 degrees, it will last for a couple of years. Unless, of course, you use it all!

Artist paint brush set for window painters.
Artist paint brush set for window painters. | Source
Candles and poinsettias painted with fluorescent Tempera.
Candles and poinsettias painted with fluorescent Tempera. | Source

Artist's Brushes

The brushes used for window painting are soft with bristles that leave fine strokes. Window painters use a variety of paint brushes in their set of tools. These are my personal set of brushes and you can see I have had some of them a long time. They have held up well because I take care not to leave them with paint in the bristles and clean them out when I am finished with a project.

Recommended Artists Brushes:

  • 1 large lettering quill
  • 1 medium lettering quill
  • 1 fine pin striping brush
  • 1 fan brush
  • 3 2" common paint brushes
  • 2 2" sable brushes for filling in color

Paintbrush Tip: Always wash out your artist's brushes as soon as you are done painting with them. This prevents the colors from bleeding together. Designate one brush only for white paint and you will always have the bright white you need for Santa's beard! Your brush sets are an investment so care for them wisely. With the right care you will use these paint brushes for years!

Holiday Greetings

The centerpiece of every holiday window scene is its greeting. The lettering in your design will be the focal point of your painting. Cursive and plain text fonts are fun to create, but a little challenging. Decorate the plain text with holiday-related images and sparkles! Cursive lettering is pretty all on its own.

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Painting Windows

Happy holidays painted on a residential window set.
Happy holidays painted on a residential window set. | Source
Happy Holidays lettering in a window painting.
Happy Holidays lettering in a window painting. | Source

The best part of painting windows for the holiday is the cheer you can share with the folks that stop to talk to you or comment on your work. The kids will love to watch you paint and they will want to help!. People of all sorts will stop to chat.

You can be politically correct and generic in your window greetings with just Happy Holidays or Season's Greetings. There are some shop owners that will want you to blatantly paint, MERRY CHRISTMAS across the store front.

It's your art, test it out!

Wait!

Before you paint, prime your surface! Washing windows is part of the routine. Your paint will adhere better if the window is free of dust, dirt, and oils.

Window washing can be fun if you approach it the way Tool Girl does when she demonstrates her professional window washing techniques.

Window Washing Tip: Use a couple of drops of dish washing soap in the wash bucket. Windows come out sparkling clean and ready for paint!

How to Wash Windows Like a Pro

How to Paint a Snowman

This snowy couple will warm up the coldest winter with their cuddly hug. The painted snow pair will make it to spring without washing away! Careful they don't melt your heart! Images like this can be created easily with just a few pointers.
This snowy couple will warm up the coldest winter with their cuddly hug. The painted snow pair will make it to spring without washing away! Careful they don't melt your heart! Images like this can be created easily with just a few pointers. | Source
Painting a snowman.
Painting a snowman. | Source

Now that you know which supplies you need, it will be easy to begin painting an image. We will start with a snowman. Before you paint you need to draw the image out so you have an outline to work in.

  1. Draw the design's basic shapes. A snowman needs three stacked circles for the body and head.
  2. Draw the hat with a rectangle for the body and a thick line for the brim. Don't forget to draw a line for the hat band.
  3. Draw lines for the scarf and arms. You can use black sticks like the image or snowy arms with mittens.
  4. From here you can get your paint ready for filling in the colors. You will need white (lots of it!), black, red, and green.
  5. Now you have the outlines completed for the image. This whimsical figure can be completed quickly if you follow the window painting instructions below.

Brush Tips:

  • The body and hat of the snowman was applied with a wide paint brush. The scarf was done with about a lettering quill. The details can be applied with a liner or a pin striping brush.
  • Practice painting with Tempera until you get the feel of the paint. It may take a couple of coats to get an image solid so expect it.

Snowman Painting Instructions:

  1. Start painting with a base coat then add layers of paint for the details. Fill in the largest area with the base color. A snowman needs white paint for the first layer.
  2. Fill in the secondary base color. Apply the scarf color (whatever color you want to use!) Paint the snowman's hat.
  3. Detail the snowman. Put in the eyes, nose, and so on.
  4. Outline the white areas in blue or black and the darker areas in white.

Painting Santa

Snowman are relatively easy images, but when you decide Santa is the theme, do note that these paintings will take you a few hours to complete.

I like to paint silhouettes or cartoon images of Santa Claus, as I have trouble with faces and humans. I like to do landscapes. A tree doesn't have any facial features to mess up!

Santa does more than deliver gifts at Christmas. He can be found almost anywhere. Paint him diving down the chimney, riding a motorcycle, or lounging at the beach. His activity is only limited by your imagination. I have even painted his sled team delivering pizza! He is a very versatile subject.

Santa gets his trim on for the Holiday season by his barber elf. My Santa's always come out a little goofy, but I do paint them occasionally. This design is one I will offer a beauty salon or a barber shop.
Santa gets his trim on for the Holiday season by his barber elf. My Santa's always come out a little goofy, but I do paint them occasionally. This design is one I will offer a beauty salon or a barber shop. | Source
A reindeer team.
A reindeer team. | Source

If we are going to paint Santa Claus, we must not forget his faithful team: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen. How about Comet and Cupid, Donner and Blitzen?

Develop a good reindeer image and crown your scene with dear ol' Rudolph! Reindeer are the most featured animals in Christmas art themes. With decorations of sleigh bells and sled harnesses, they can be painted pulling Santa's sled or they can be a solo feature in a window design. Paint a reindeer portrait with holly leaves nestled in their horns. Their big, watery, laughing eyes and soft, fuzzy faces are a neat accent to a side window next to a greeting center piece.

Holiday Wreaths

Hand-painted window art on the interior of a restaurant.
Hand-painted window art on the interior of a restaurant. | Source

Wreaths are a staple Holiday decorating design. They can be painted in leaf form, with pine needle texture, or even a using stippling brush effect. They don't always have to be green either! They are ideal for trimming doors or awkwardly spaced windows, decorated with pretty bows, pine cones, toys, or candy. Wreaths are fun to paint!

Wreaths can accent large windows and be shaped in different ways. My wreath design this year was a heart-shaped image. Showcase your Christmas tree by painting a wreath frame on your picture window. Leave your drapes parted and enjoy the lights dancing on the wreath as well as the tree itself!

Thank You for Visiting!

I am so glad you stopped by. Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, and Merry Christmas!

© 2012 Maria Burgess

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      Nicole 2 weeks ago

      I am painting a holiday window at home. We have a large picture window. I am painting on the inside because we live in Fairbanks, Ak, so painting on the outside of the window isn't doable. What can I do do that our holiday painted window is more visible for passerbys? It looks great inside but not quite so easy to see from infront of the house.

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      Maria Burgess 2 weeks ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Tempera does not mix well with anything. Follow the directions I gave the commenter above with the polyurethane and acrylics. Let your paint dry completely before adding the next coat or layer. Charge what you feel your talent is worth. $20 + a panel is not unreasonable if the painting is super detailed. Happy holidays!! ❤

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      Maria Burgess 2 weeks ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      If that is the only paint you can get in your area switch up to the acrylic. You'll need a white polyurethane base coat first. Draw out your scene. Fill in large areas with the base paint and leave fine lines open where your design changes so you can define your images for detailing with the acrylic colors. Allow the base coat to dry for several hours.

      The acrylic works best in areas that attract a lot of moisture and humidity.

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      Adrienne 3 weeks ago

      Hey so I was wanting to bring back the holiday cheer with painting fun scenes that made me smile when I would see them on Windows as a kid. I also live to draw paint ect. But I was wondering what a price guide would be . I don't want to over charge ...I was thinking banners two windows 90degree angle a word like joy and a character Rudolph a present with a puppy comong out what have you and charging 80 would that be fees able what have you charged for say per character per window of course depending on size and detail ......

      Oh and I'm in Colorado so it gets pretty cold out here will tempura paint be good to use with possibly a indoor outdoor white base mixed in?

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      Bianca 6 weeks ago

      I am painting Windows this year. The only temper paint I can find is thin and jelly looking. What can I do to thicken it.

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      Lisa Fowles 2 months ago

      Thanks for the tips. Next question how do you price your windows? Do you go back and remove the drawings after. And best way to remove the paint.

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      Lynn 3 months ago

      I live in Vancouver bc. I'm a beginner. It rains all the time here. What type of paints should I use on the outside windows that I don't have to scrape off later. And what should I charge for doing it

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      Maria Burgess 14 months ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Caroline, there is a technique which uses acrylics to ward off moisture damage. Apply a coat of polyurethane or common flat house paint to the design base. You will have to draw out the design first and fill the entire area to be painted in with this base coat. Let it dry 24 hours. Draw the design again and fill in the colors and details with acrylics. If you can reverse your design and your window interior does not "weep" or collect moisture painting on the inside is possible with tempera. I wish you much luck and water-resistant art!

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      Caroline 15 months ago

      I want to do this to our windows at the school I work for, but I noticed you said they are washable paints and we live in Clearwater, so it rains whenever. Is there a different paint you would suggest for humid/rainy climates?

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      Maria Burgess 2 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      It is a lot of fun once you get the basics down, Jessy. Keep trying. It took me a long time to get the details straight that I depend on for my designs. Thank you for stopping by!

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      Jessy Shaw 2 years ago

      My husband and I are small business owners and we just bought a new property with some broken storefront windows and doors. The overall building is in great shape but the front could use some work. I have always wanted to do something like this, not only during the holidays! I think that it is such a fun idea and can definitely attract the eye of customers. I will have to try these out this holiday season!

      http://accessdoorandglass.com/commercial.html

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      Maria Burgess 2 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I use only Blick brand Tempera paints. They hold up well here. If you want to branch out into a more durable medium, a base coat of latex house paint works well with acrylic for accents and details. This generally will not flake or peel.

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      Nicola Gore 2 years ago

      can anyone tell me the best paints and markers to use. I painyed windows christmas gone but the paint kept flaking

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      Maria Burgess 2 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I will have to check that out. I am currently picking up ideas for waterproof paint and the type you recommend sounds like a great addition to the paint box. I am very lucky it is quite dry most of the time where I live so I get away with using Tempera. I appreciate your comments and your visit. Thank you!

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      karey the sign lady 2 years ago

      i have been painting christmas windows for over 20 yrs. and watched my mom my entire life. I use liquid cel vinyl by cartoon color. It cost alote but its dry waterproof but removes with windex and a scraper with. this paint is solid coverage. you will love it.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I am glad it was helpful! My paintings have brought me a lot of joy. Areas that are prone to weather issues do require something more sturdy than Tempura. Use a base of latex, from your local hardware store, then do the designs and details with the acrylic paints. I can use Tempura because the weather in the desert drops in temperatures without the moisture. Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment.

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      claudia 3 years ago

      Hi..have been painting on windows as a kgn teacher and then on the thrift shop where I volunteer. Now asked to paint at Country Club and am grateful for your advice. We are in a cold mountainous area, so am concerned with tempera and snow, have only used acrylic and know that tempera has to be easier, but am concerned.

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @getupandgrow: (Thank you!) The process is fairly simple. You have to know my little secret --a spray misting bottle and little bit of patience. This takes about 15 minutes for a standard picture window. If you don't remove it the way I recommend it can get really messy.

      Thank you for your visit and comment!

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      getupandgrow 3 years ago

      Love this lens, and think you're amazingly talented. Just one question-does the paint come off easily once the holidays (or other occasion) are over?

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      Maria Burgess 3 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Mommie-Moola: Let me know how it turns out! I would love to see your paintings. =) Thanks for visiting!

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      LadyCharlie 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens...This is a form of Art that I hadn't thought of and I do a lot of Artwork. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mommie-Moola 3 years ago

      Great How-to Lens - I might actually try this!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @LadyCharlie: Thank you, LadyCharlie! I would love to see what you get to do after reading this! Christmas art in window painting is an absolute thrill if you love Christmas as much as I do! Appreciate you comments, lady! =)

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @chocochipchip: Let me know how it turned out. Thanks for the visit! =)

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      This is so fun! I love your lens! Gonna try it!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @TanjaCrouch: In a climate like Southern Nevada, you start with the base paints and work your way up on the outside of the windows. In an area that may be subject to extreme cold or heavy rains and humidity, starting backwards is the best course of action to follow. Thank you for the inquiry. It helps me develop better tips. To find out more, order the guide and it is all there for you in detail. Happy Holidays! =)

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      TanjaCrouch 4 years ago

      I'm a little confused. Don't you paint on the inside of the glass so that you have to do the highlights first and layer up in opposite order? And how do you do that?

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @DLeighAlexander: Thank you! Merry Christmas to you as well! =)

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      DLeighAlexander 4 years ago

      Very nice! Merry Christmas to you.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @RoadMonkey: Paint your designs on the interior side of the glass. That technique is highlighted in The Essential Window Painting Guide.You need to be aware of the window "sweating" though. If it does, than acrylic or latex would be the way to decorated. They are a rubbery paint medium that won't melt off the window like tempera might with a moist glass surface. There are tips for making your Tempera water proof in my book, too. Clean off is the same, but would take a bit more time and effort. Thank you for your visit today!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @BarbaraCasey: It only takes one painting to get you hooked! Stencils are a great way to trace out design images to fill in with paint if you cannot draw. Designs and letters are included in the document when you download The Essential Window Painting Guide. Thank you for your visit! =)

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Wow. Just wow. Hmmm... I have sliding glass doors for the first time in many years. Stencils, huh?

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      I love seeing the shop windows painted for Christmas and never thought about doing it for myself. Maybe an idea to try - though, as I live in Northern Ireland, I need to find paint that WILL stand up to rain but also clean off easily after Christmas.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @lanerlue: I bet your windows freeze over. I would try doing a painting backwards where you live. Start with the outlines and work your way in. This way you don't have to deal with the snow or cold and neither does your paint. Removal is tricky with this project so make sure you tape off the area and use a drop cloth.

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      lanerlue 4 years ago

      @MBurgess: I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota and it does get pretty cold. Last year I bought the special Rich Art Window Paint, and it worked great. But, it is so expensive and there aren't a lot of colors to choose from.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @lanerlue: What I can recommend you can find in my book. The paint tips are written in detail there. What kind of climate do you live in? That makes a huge difference. Some people do use household latex to do windows, but it is a royal pain to remove. Paint flakes for me if the temperatures are too cold or the paint is really old or the wrong kind. I love the Blick Art Tempera as it has never let me down.

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      lanerlue 4 years ago

      I am looking for a nice vibrant paint that is thick enough not to require several coats and does not flake off. Will the tempera paint you recommend do all of this?

      Do I need to add anything to the paint to make it stick better to the window? Some other sites recommend adding dish soap so the paint doesn't flake off the window. Do you ever have this problem?

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @kepezzo: That is a really good age to start out. Let her practice on your sliding glass doors! =)

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @sousababy: It has taken me years to paint like this. I love the versitility of glass. It can be anything you want it to be. Thanks for your comments! =)

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      kepezzo 4 years ago

      Will show to my 8yrs old daughter...she will go crazy....thnx for ideas.

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      I admire artists who can paint on various surfaces - it's harder than it looks.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @kira-spellman: Thank you, Kira! I hope that you do find your holiday painter self and join me on this fun hobby. If you have any questions, message me. I would be glad to help!

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      kira-spellman 4 years ago

      What a gift that you have given to share so many tricks of the trade for the sheer joy of sharing! Every year I tell myself "I'm going to start doing this" and I don't know that I will get to Christmas decorate in time as I need time to practice and gather supplies. There is time to start practicing for other holidays of the year, though! Thank you so very much for re-inspiring the artist in me! I love what you do! It is beautiful!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @NatureFan LM: You are welcome! If you do decide to use the directions, let me know what you painted! =) Thanks for the visit and comment =)

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      NatureFan LM 4 years ago

      Very, very cool! I never really thought about how windows like these were made, and never considered I could make some of my own. Thanks for sharing!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @anonymous: Thank you! =)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i really like this

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've never thought of painting my windows for Christmas but I think your lens has inspired me to try doing a few windows this year.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @anonymous: Thank you Ms. Susan (Tipi)! I appreciate you visiting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      A happy window decorating holiday season coming up with your excellent tutorial and beautiful results...your snow couple look cozy warm! :)

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @takkhisa: Thanks takkhis!

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Your lenses are always beautiful and informative! This lens is actually more than beautiful. Take care :)

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Cynthia Haltom: Maybe we can inspire you to paint once more! Thank you for dropping by!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I like to paint with tempra paint it's been a long time since I painted on a window.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @anonymous: Thanks for dropping in! That is a great forum and a good way to get started in facepainting if anyone wants to check it out.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great page. found you on the facepainting forum!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @MarieJS: Thanks for your comment and visit! It is something I have done since 1978. I have a lot of fun with it!

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      MarieJS 4 years ago

      Now thst's a new profession to me..."Holiday Window Painter"....but it's cool...Love this@

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @julieannbrady: I bet she had some great images! Thanks for stopping by! =)

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      I love painted windows -- one of my sisters is the official artist in our family and has done many an artistic painted window in her time. I remember her apartment in Columbus, Ohio when she attended CCAD. It was always decorated with something. Great page!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @graphite75: Thank you for the comment!

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      Tom 4 years ago

      I just seen you other window painting lens, so I had to check this one out too even though Christmas is over. I really dig the window paintings, they are so cool!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      What an awesome idea. Great lense!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @mrdata: Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment! I appreciate it! =)

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Another great lens from you. Big thanks!

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Ruthi: Thanks again, Ruthi! =) I am very honored by this award!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Back to say, Congratulations on your Squidoo Purple Star award! Well deserved! It is obvious that you are not only a talented window painting artist but also a talented Squidoo Lensmaster and article writer.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Ruthi: I do have a lot of fun when I paint and it can also be a very moving experience when I get in the "zone" while painting. I have been trying to find a painting apprentice to share this with when I found Squidoo. I appreciate you taking time out to comment, Ms. Ruthi!

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      What fun you must have had as a holiday window painting artist! You are quite talented! Thank you for sharing your trade secrets and detailed instructions and video how-tos for those who may wish to paint window dressings for the holidays.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Linda BookLady: And I bet you had fun making that money while you were at it! Thanks for the compliment, Linda!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Very nicely done! I did that one year and made a lot of money.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @wbl: Let me know if you do, I'd love to hear what design you chose! Thanks for the visit and for taking time out to comment. Have an AWESOME Holiday!! =)

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      wbl 4 years ago

      wow nice idea to make colorful the window.. I will try it

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @rray001 lm: It can be for businesses but starting at home will help you understand how to craft designs and themes to sell later. Thanks for visiting and for the comment! Have a great Holiday! Merry Christmas!

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      rray001 lm 5 years ago

      I enjoyed the lens, this is something we could do at home. At first I thought is was for business.

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @bengraham: You are welcome! Thank you for the visit and taking time out to comment. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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      bengraham 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing- cant wait for Christmas now!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @tamron lm: Thanks for the recommend! The more back links, the better I hear. There is so much I could share on this subject but it's production ;) I appreciate you taking time out to comment.

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @cleanyoucar: Thanks! Appreciate your visit!!

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      tamron lm 5 years ago

      Wow what a long lens! You lens inspired me to write a post in my career blog and I recommended your lens. Heres the link http://unknownhighpayingjobs.blogspot.com/2012/12/... I am not finished with the post so only you can see it in draft. Hope Ya Like It?

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Great ideas here!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @cmadden: I'll bet you had fun doing it! =) Thanks for visiting!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      A number of years ago, while working in a bank, we (the employees) were conned into painting the windows of the bank for Christmas. Three guesses who ended up doing most of it?

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @OhMe: Thank you so much for the visit and blessing! (comments working from dashboard..hmm...) And yes it is a lot of fun!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I think it would be great fun to paint Holiday Windows and I sure enjoyed seeing your great work and reading about how to do this. Thanks.

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Judy Filarecki: I was in hysterics when I found that video!! Window Washing Tip: Use a drop or two of dawn soap in my wash bucket. ..Judy, I can't post at this time to your profile.(bug!) I wanted to let you know I was featuring one of your lenses here in the side bar! Thanks so much for the comment and the visit!

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Thanks for so much for all the great information. I never thought about what paint was used. The window washing video was fun to watch. i just wish they had mentioned what they used to clean them. I never seem to succeed without streaks.

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @choosehappy: Yes they are! They are a great example of holiday decor! Thank you very much for the visit and comment! =)

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      That swarvoski rabbit is gorgeous and those snowman salt n pepper shakers are too cute ;) Blessed!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @retrochalet: Thank you! It's still under development but coming along nicely. Thanks very much for your visit!

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      Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer 5 years ago from Hedgesville, WV

      Nice job on this lens

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @CraftyandClever: He was wonderful to watch. Thanks for the visit, compliment, and the *SQuid-Like*! Have a great Holiday!

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      CraftyandClever 5 years ago from everywhere but mostly Cali

      I love Bob Ross and his paintings. I love the idea and the steps to do it. Kudos!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @anonymous: yw! More added to content and images soon!!! Stay Tuned! =) Thanks for the visit!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awesome and very helpful! love it!

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @anonymous: It's just knocking on doors and talking to folks. Once you have landed one business I guarantee you won't have to wait long for someone to come ask you to paint the next business over and then several of them. I am working on a video series at the moment that will cover a lot more ground. Thank you for the visit and the comment!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There is one hugely important piece missing from this otherwise awesome article: how do you market your business and get clients? A little info on the business side of things would be helpful.

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      Barbara2659 5 years ago

      This lens is awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Such a wonderful lens. I enjoyed very much.

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      AustriaChick 5 years ago

      Fun lens , loved it!