Art, Crafts, Family, Home Decor, Kids

Scratch Art & My Love for Suncatching Window Art

This is my daughter’s project that she did absolutely 100% herself with the instruction from the video below. As I am working from home I 100% appreciated she was able to do this independently!

So I don’t know why but I’ve always called this stained glass art but apparently it’s scratch art and stained glass art is something different.

I just want to say how much I love scratch art! My kids’ art teacher has been amazing during the quarantine and has posted many fun activities for kids to try. I super appreciate her and this is her video on how to make scratch art.

So this type of art is one that reminds me of stained glass. There are tons of different stained glass inspired art projects from sun catchers you can color or paint to wax paper stained glass.

Also check out this fun post by Chelsey at Buggy and Buddy for some other ideas for creating sunny window art.

While I was searching for good examples of stained glass art, I found this more advanced version of faux stained glass on Etsy and I must have it!

Please don’t you all buy it out before I get the chance to purchase it, or talk someone into purchasing it as a gift for me!

Why would I purchase faux stained glass when the real deal is available? Well cost is a factor and is also the difference between crying a little when kids break my stuff or being truly devastated at the loss of a beautiful treasure.

I absolutely understand the saying “This is why we can’t have nice things” in this season of my life!

Although we still do have nice things (that we acquired before we all were trying to cohabitate in the same space). You are about to understand where my love of stained glass comes from…

This is one of my mom’s beautiful pieces of stained glass. We have moved it many times to try and avoid damaging it. I have yet to find it’s forever home in our house.

I am looking for an extra special place to display it. It is just now occurring to me that it wants to live in my office so I can enjoy it almost everyday.

Mom collected stained glass pieces for years because it goes beautifully with the character of our Victorian home.

Since we have windows a plenty in our home, we have a plethora of places to display window art. Our real stained glass has just been moving around to different rooms to reduce the risk that the kids (or adults) will damage them.

These panels are still in our family room and are still in pretty good condition so far! There are 2 of these panel pieces and this style of hanging light (showed below) is easy enough to find out antique shopping so they have been “voted to stay” in the living room for the time being.

Stained glass isn’t Billy’s favorite style so all the stained glass pieces may end up in mine and mom’s spaces in the house eventually lol.

Additionally we also have 2 stained glass dragonfly lamps somewhere in the house and I just love them.

They do weigh a million pounds though so we are happy to have sturdy furniture to display them on.

Sorry I don’t have a picture of those at the moment. They have been lost in the shuffle. If you are wondering “how do you lose 2 fairly large heavy lamps in a house”?

Well you have certainly underestimated the amount of possessions we have stock piled over the years.

We are in the midst of a massive downsizing but the stained glass will be on display in our home for many years to come because it makes most all of our family members smile when it catches their eye.

It’s inspiring! My daughter made this stained glass roof for her cousin’s house on Minecraft on the same day I was working on this post. I can’t deny my child and sometimes we share a brain😆

Anyway I will add a photo of the dragonfly lamps whenever I locate and put them on display again. They are not the best lighting for projects so other brighter lamps took priority over the beautiful stained glass ones.

Bonus picture of more stained glass and our dirty window😆 Did I mention I have stained glass Christmas ornaments I received from my friend Mel?

I don’t think she knew how much I appreciated this gift, maybe she will after she reads this post. I’ll make sure to share pictures of the ornaments when I put up the Christmas tree this year. I’m not committed enough to go dig through the attic to post pictures today😆

Now that we have more functional spaces in our house we are able to start adding back some of the decorative elements to the rooms. We had put a lot of things away for safe-keeping while we sorted and rearranged everything.

Funny, this post wasn’t intended to showcase mine and my mom’s love of sun-catching art but I believe it did just that.

I hope seeing her collection honored brings back some wonderful memories for my mom when she reads this.

I keep trying to get her to write for my blog. Mom, I know you are reading this, please feel free to correct me if I got any details wrong or if you have something to add to the story😁❤

Scratch Art by my Daughter, which somehow led to me talking about every piece of stained glass we own😆

Anyway back to the original point of this post, I have a super fun idea using scratch art. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see what I do with this technique, I bet it will surprise most of you!

I am not super fast at getting out posts these days but I don’t believe I was ever that quick to begin with lol. I ask for patience while we work through our new schedule. It’s going very well but the days are full to the brim!

I hope everyone is also doing well in these weird times. Please let us know what you and/or your family is doing for fun.

I know not everyone had a craft store stashed in the rooms of their home, but feel free to share even if it’s not craft related. We watch TV, read, garden, and rearrange furniture too lol.

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