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Ken Wingard: Turning Photos Into Window Art

Ken Wingard: Turning Photos Into Window Art

Materials
  • Digital image of your favorite photos
  • Clear vinyl self-adhesive decals
  • Ruler, exacto knife/straight edge, pencils
  • Window cleaner spray

Directions:

  1. Find an image that is the right orientation.
  2. Crop it so it’s the same proportions as the window (size the photo to fit your window using a computer program like Photoshop or iphoto – or have your copy or print center help you or do it for you). Note: If windows are divided into small panes, measure the individual squares (to come from the one big printout).
  3. Bring it to a print shop and ask them to print on a clear self adhesive vinyl decal for straight adhesion. The film backing adhesive can be permanent, or adjustable (easier to reposition). Note: If you want the window to be opaque – so you can’t see through it – print on white vinyl decals).
  4. Clean window well with a window cleaner or vinegar and water.
  5. Peel off backing at one corner, align vinyl properly on window; affix to window.
  6. Continue to peel and stick until entire sticker is in place.
  7. You can remove air bubbles by using a driver’s license or credit card to squeegee.
  8. Pierce any air bubbles with a pin and smooth over. NOTE: The decals cost about $10 square foot. NOTE: The decals should last about 3 years plus if used outside, and 10 years plus if used inside.

For more, visit Ken Wingard at KennethWingard.com and follow him on Twitter @KennethWingard.

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