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Screen Painting


Screen PainintThe canvas on this picture is an actual window screen, I had heard about this technique but had never given it a whirl.  Thus the investigation of how’s & what’s began.

Screen Painting is an old folk art style of painting that began in Baltimore in the early 20th Century.  It takes a little bit of patience, but the results are quite interesting.

The really cool thing about screen painting, is that you can still see out the window, yet people from the street can not see in.

I took an old door and had my husband paint the entire thing black, (another form of recycling) you need a dark backdrop to see your progress and coverage of paint.  In order for it to with stand any weather conditions you need to use outdoor enamel based paint.

Beginning with a light coat of either light blue or white, you need to make sure your screen canvas is completely covered.  The brush strokes need to be light so that you do not clog the holes of the screen.

I work my way from the top of the screen painting, down to the bottom,  getting the darker elements in first, that would be the outline of the tree’s, the darker sections of the grass, behind the bridal wreath.

I will sometimes add just a little bit of Folk Art Enamel paint to the tip of the brush to enhance the colors, I have not found a huge selection of color in the outdoor enamels, without spending a fortune.  I have had several people stop and ask about the two paintings that are on my bay window in the front, this is a great way to add a little color into your life and home..



I like it,but I don’t understand. Who can see the painting, the people on the inside, the outside, or both?

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@Joe – it is the people on the outside that see the painting, apparently the homes were so close together back when in Baltimore, people didn’t like peepy neighbors!


Wow, I’ve never seen this sort of thing before. What a great idea! And great incentive to actually put a screen on our most-used door (especially if the guy installing our new door forgets to paint it the color I requested).

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What a beautiful and great idea! Nice post.
Grace and Peace,

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A different side of you, but a great challenge and you once again pulled it off!

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that is interesting I think I may try that on my window it may look nice if it had a stain glass look to it.

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