By Andrea Tomkins
Dig out the packing tape, some old comic books, colourful window markers and design your own window comics!
• Pages torn from some comic books (this may take some convincing). Note that secondhand shops are a great source for gently-used comics.
• Clear packing tape that is at least 1″ wide
• A dish of warm water
• Window markers
1) Cut pictures out of the comics that are the width of your packing tape. No need to be totally precise here (you will trim them later), but you don’t want any sticky stuff showing at this point.
2) Lay your picture face down on the sticky side of the tape. Rub it down, pressing while you do so. We used the back of a teaspoon but you can use your fingernail too. The goal is to transfer the picture on to the tape. Do this with a variety of different characters. (It’ll be easier to build a story around them later.)
3) Soak the tape-covered pictures in the water for several hours. We left them for the afternoon.
4) Remove the picture from the water and rub the paper off the back. It’ll gradually come off in little bits, leaving you with a translucent image. If you’re having trouble with this part, try rubbing them under a trickle of warm water.
5) Once you’ve removed the paper off your image, trim it and let it dry on a piece of paper towel. All of the stickiness of the tape should be gone.
That’s it! To make your picture cling to the window, just dampen it a bit. Use the window markers to write funny captions and dialogue for your characters.
We’d love to see your comic-book window clings! If you have a picture to share, let us know in the comments below. If you’re looking for more DIY window crafts, check out these pretty butterfly suncatchers.
Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.