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Color Diffusing Paper "Stained Glass" Rose Window - Project #109

Time: 2 Class Periods
Difficulty: Easy
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Project Kit (see Products Used below steps)
Paint Brush
Water Bowl

Materials needed if not using Project Kit:
Color Diffusing Circles
Water-Based Markers
Silver Sharpie Marker
Black Sharpie Marker
Paint Brush
Water Bowl
View Project Video
Print Page

Use diffusing paper and markers to create the look of "stained glass"! This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    Fold the color diffusing circle into quarters and use a Metallic Sharpie Marker to draw a design on the first quarter.
  • Step 2
    Unfold once, so that half of the paper is showing. Flip the half circle over and trace the other side of the design where it has bled through the paper.
  • Step 3
    Repeat tracing on next two sections until the entire circle is finished and has a symmetrical design covering the entire sheet.
  • Step 4
    Outline the Metallic Sharpie Marker with Black Sharpie Marker to highlight the Metallic Sharpie and give it a shadowy look.
  • Step 5
    Fold the circle into quarters again. On the top layer, fill in the white spaces with watercolor markers; this example uses Prang Classic Markers.
  • Step 6
    Use a stiff paint brush to saturate the watercolor marker areas with water. Keep saturating the marker until it bleeds through all four layers of the diffusing paper.
  • Step 7
    Unfold the color diffusing paper and allow design to dry.

Products Used

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