How to Decorate a Window Shade
Decorating a window shade is a fun project for a rainy day. With just a few supplies you can transform on ordinary shade into a work of art. It can be as complicated as you like if you are an accomplished artist or as simple as a child's painting. Here are a few tips to making the project go smoothly.
Lay your window shade down on a table or other flat surface. Clean it with a little all-purpose cleaner and a clean rag to remove any grease or dust that might have accumulated. Dry it with a paper towel.
Center the stencil on the shade, about 6 inches up from the bottom of the shade. Tape it in place on all four sides. You do not want it to have any wiggle room or your artwork will be smudged.
Sponge on the paint with an up and down motion, not a side to side motion. You do not want the paint to slip under the edges of the stencil. If the paint seems a little thin, tap the sponge back into the paint lightly to pick up more color. When the one color is finished, allow it to dry to the touch. Rinse out the sponge while you wait for the paint to dry.
Dampen the sponge with another color and repeat Step 3 for each color you wish to add to the stencil. If you are using several stencils, allow the paint to dry as in Step 3 and then remove the stencil. Tape the new stencil in place and continue.
Allow the artwork to dry thoroughly for several hours, longer if it is very humid out. Spray it lightly with the shellac spray so that it covers it well but without any dripping. Allow to dry and use as usual.
Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.