Home Business - Commercial Window Painting
Commercial window painting is one of the most unique, creative and least expensive home
businesses to implement and will work for anyone with even a basic amount of artistic talent.
What is commercial window painting? Have you ever driven down a city street,
particularly during the holiday season, and seen business windows decorated with candy
canes, wreaths and gingerbread men which are painted onto the windows? Or seen a
supermarket window that proclaims "Specials Today" in bright neon orange lettering? Then,
you have probably seen an example of window painting.
Window painting is a means of painting a design on the inside of a window which can be
viewed from the outside. To do this, the artist has to learn to paint the details of the
painting in layers, working from the inside out, and allowing layers to dry in between
coats of paint.
To learn window painting, find a glass door or large-paned window and practice working
with the paints. Start with simple shapes such as circles and squares or basic characters
and cartoons. Draw them on paper, and then use your drawing as a reference for your window
design. Learn to add details such as outlining the shapes and adding backgrounds.
The paints you will use for window painting are available through most local craft
supply stores - they are non-toxic, come in many colors including neon, and are water
based (meaning they will wash off with water). You will need about eight basic colors to
get started and can add more colors as your repertoire expands.
You will need an assortment of paint brushes in many different sizes, paper towels,
window cleaner, a blow dryer (to quickly dry the paint layers), a drop cloth, some painter's
tape to protect surfaces, a trash bag for clean-up, a small ladder in some cases, and the
sketch of your planned design.
When working with a customer, get an idea of what the customer would like to appear on
the window and work up a few sketches for him. Better yet, have some sketches already
drawn from which the customer may select. Once a sketch has been selected, do not repeat
it for any other customer - keep the designs original and unique to that customer's business.
Window painting may be priced by the hour or by the project. Projects can range from
$25 for a simple "Buy Here" sign to $5,000 for an elaborate design on a 30 ft. tall glass
window front which might include a scene of skiers slaloming down a mountain. Your prices
should include the time involved to return at a later date to remove the paint from the
window. Be sure to keep your work area clean and surrounding areas well-protected.
Larger projects will come as you build your reputation and painting skills - as will
repeat customers, particularly for seasonal holiday displays. The best part is that most
designs can be accomplished within an hour or two, and you are usually able to schedule
your working hours to a time that is convenient for you.