Tissue Paper Stained Glass Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

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Tissue Paper Stained Glass Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

Maia made this tissue paper stained glass yesterday. It's a fun, easy project from MaryAnn Kohl's latest book, Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters.

Great American Artists for Kids

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

I've been flipping through this book lately while nursing Daphne. Each double one or two page spread features an artist with a brief bio, a few examples of his or her work, and an art project in the style of the artist. There are so many interesting projects! Although the book is geared toward elementary school-aged kids, many of the projects have a "for younger kids" variation as well.

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

We went straight for the regular (older kids) version of this stained glass, mostly because I forgot that there was a younger kids variation. First we cut out shapes from colored tissue paper (I helped her with some of the circles), then Maia applied them to the contact paper which I had taped, sticky side out, to the window.

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright

We placed a second sheet of contact paper over the first, sandwiching the tissue paper in between. Then Maia used a sharpie to trace the shapes. Her tracings are much more freehand than the examples in the book, made by older kids.

I love how it looks!

The final step is to attach black colored masking tape around the edges to create the frame for the stained glass. I used regular masking tape (see the top photo) since that's all I had. I could have made a frame from black constuction paper as well—maybe next time. And there will definitely be a next time. Maia loved this project and wanted to make more stained glass windows right away, but unfortunately we didn't have any contact paper left.

Have any of you used this book, yet?

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  • Reply
    Sarah Aponte
    October 28, 2009 at 3:40 am

    This is another one of your great projects! I did the Yellow Umbrella project with my class and my director loved it. I will definitely try this one today. Very creative!!

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    Quince and Quire
    October 28, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Love this! I don’t have the book–it’s going on our Christmas list. Thanks!

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    Shannon
    October 28, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Just heard of this book, but now I want it! This is a great activity. Mary Ann Kohl is wonderful.

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    Jennifer
    October 28, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Looks like a great book, what a fun project.

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    Julie
    October 28, 2009 at 8:03 am

    That looks like a great book. Your project inspired me to do a stained glass pumpkin patch with my 26 month old. You can see it here:
    http://theadventuresofbear.blogspot.com/2009/10/open-ended-art-pumpkins.html
    I linked your post in it.

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    molly
    October 28, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I love the way this turned out. I was going to do something similar with pressed leaves but we had to cancel the art group due to various sicknesses around our house. Maybe when we can get everyone together again I’ll let the kids try both — it doesn’t look like a very long project, eh?

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    The Artful Parent
    October 28, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Your pumpkin patch (or, your daughter’s, I should say) looks great! Glad you were inspired…

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    The Artful Parent
    October 28, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Yay! I can’t take credit for either of the projects, though. Other creative minds came up with them. I love all the wonderful art projects out there!

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    Julie Liddle
    October 28, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    love it!

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    Julie Liddle
    October 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Glad you had fun with the Yellow Umbrella…those paintings and the music really are inspiring, aren’t they?

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    The Artful Parent
    October 28, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Nope. Not a long project at all! I think it would be easy to do both.

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    livingslowly
    October 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    What a great book. I have put it on my wish list!

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    MaryAnn Kohl
    October 28, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I wanted to offer your bloggies a fun idea. I have so many of the “Great American Artists for Kids” in my office, and I’d be honored to offer it at a discount to anyone who is interested. It is $18.95 plus shipping, so how about $15 including shipping? Email me: [email protected], say “Artful Parent” in the subject, and include your mailing address. I will send you the book, autographed if you wish, and you can just send me a check to MaryAnn Kohl when you get a chance. WHEE!!!!!!!

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    Cara
    October 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    This is a beautiful project! I can’t wait to check out this book!

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    Jill
    October 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I love the colors Maia used. Especially that they’re not typical rainbow assortment. What was her process like for choosing the colors? So beautiful!

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    MaryAnn Kohl
    October 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    XXO!

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    MaryAnn Kohl
    October 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    HI, Everyone! I love to check in on the Artful Parent now and then, and to my great surprise, here you all are having a great time with art!! Maybe I should just LIVE in this blog. ha ha. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
    I wanted to invite you all to my website to find sample projects from “Great American Artists for Kids”, plus some bonus projects that are not in the book.
    Go here: http://www.brightring.com/greatamericanartists.html
    And then scroll down to the free projects:
    Painted Crackle Crayon – based on the art of Gilbert Stuart
    Sanded Wood Spirits – based on the art of Jewell Praying Wolf James
    Memorial Plaque – based on the art of Maya Lin
    Energetic Color Blocks – based on the art of Hans Hofmann
    And the bonus ideas are there too.
    I love the stained glass. It’s a typical “contact paper with tissue” projects, but when the kids outline with a permanent marker, things start to happen!
    I love this blog!!! Thank you for all you do and the wonderful pictures, which make the blog a treasure.
    MaryAnn Kohl
    http://www.brightring.com

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    The Artful Parent
    October 28, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Wow, MaryAnn! What a great deal. Thanks!

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    The Artful Parent
    October 28, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks MaryAnn!

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    Lucia
    October 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Fabulous! Just added this to our holiday wish list. And thank you Mary Ann for the generous offer.

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    Nancy Ferdinand
    April 9, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Way to go, Maia! Windows will surely look prettier with this project. It’s nice that it’s very easy to make and child-friendly. My kids will love this. I’ll ask them to make this for their playroom windows.

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