Spring is the time for rejuvenation. It’s that time of year when we dust off the snow, crawl out of hibernation to greet the warm breezes, longer days, and budding flowers. Since that stupid ground hog saw his shadow or something, that means Mother Nature might not be ready for spring, but we sure are–predictive rodents be damned!!!
To convey what we’re feeling on the inside even though it might be a month too early for it on the outside, we handpainted big colorful blooms on the Fleurir Old town Alexandria window. We went with less realistic, almost cartoonish flowers that felt a little more playful than your typical spring prints. This is our third handpainted window and every time we learn new tricks that make it easier and more dynamic.
To get the flowers just right we took a sketch of Emily’s and enlarged it using a projector. Our projector is the Tracer Jr. from Michaels, they aren’t cheap so make sure to use a 40% coupon that is almost always available on their app or in their weekly mailer.
We drew the flowers on brown butcher paper and taped them up on the outside of the windows, painted the outline in a dark brown, and filled in with our bright pinks and corals for the flowers, then sage and citron greens for the leaves. This time we experimented more by coming back in with a blade and scraping away portions to exaggerate the curved edges of the leaves. We also used a wooden sculpting tool (softwood won’t scratch a window) to add in swirls and details in the flowers. For some of the flowers we painted in the negative part to add a pop color, but others we left translucent to help define the flowers more.
The end result is a fresh floral window we’re hoping pushes that dumb ground hog back into his hole and lures an early spring out from behind this rather harsh winter!
This post is coming a bit late and on the coat tails of us being able to photograph it right before we took it down for Fleurir’s Valentines Day window. We loved the idea of a snow owl family, one for each member of the owners family for their Georgetown Christmas window. One of the best things about using animals for display is their ability to create whimsical narratives in small spaces.
We had way too much fun making this feathery flock! We started by loosely balling up paper and taping it together to create the owl’s main structure, then used masking tape to help define the owl form. For the plumage we used white watercolor paper that we tore by hand to get a rough feathery edge and a mix of inexpensive feathers purchased at our local craft store. To add some detail to some of the top coat of torn watercolor feathers we used a wood burner especially.
We hope you enjoy!
Brit & Emily
We’ve had the opportunity to do a few window displays for an absolutely wonderful local artisanal chocolate shop called Fleurir Chocolates. They have locations in two of the cutest spots in the D.C. metro area, Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown. If anyone knows anything about Georgetown they know it’s full of lots of extremely charming brick roads and historic town houses. Charming can also mean small, as is the case for the shops windows, so we wanted to keep display here clean and simple. We needed to design a valentines day window that could transition into spring that was also cost effective, so we decided to paint directly onto the glass.
One idea we couldn’t stay away from was arrows, they are everywhere right now. From fashion to tattoos to some super cute escort card displays, we have been witnessing our pinterest pages fill up fast with this medieval weapon. Perhaps we could blame the nations “Katniss” fever for this, but whatever the reason we were all on board! One thing that we love about them is they make for a great clean graphic statement. It was because of the graphic quality that we thought they would be great for the Georgetown shop since the windows are small and broken up into even smaller panes.
Installation for this one was easy breezy. We sketched several arrows we liked beforehand so we had something to go off of. Then we purchased small sample sizes of flat paint from Home Depot, two white and one sweet peachy pink. We began by drawing all of the stems of the arrows first to get our composition and then added all of the cute details, using only a little of the pink to add a valentines day pop! The beauty of painting directly onto the windows is clean up will be just as easy as the application. We just need our trusty straight edge blade and the paint will peel right off! We are thinking of several ideas for painted windows or mirrors for an upcoming wedding we have on our books, so stay tuned for more on this simple, but effective technique!