For four years I have wanted something other than this:
This is really not so bad, however, I'd really like to have the shade up all the way. Unfortunately until today, this was the view:
Last night I had dinner with my friend Jessica at her place ans she showed me her "window decals," - it was Japanese paper made into a decal! WELL! I can do that! So I rummaged in my paper collection and found some beautiful sheets from my trip to Korea. Shortly before my house purchase back in 2008, I was invited to Korea for a Book Arts symposium. I was so honored and it was such an amazing journey! I met wonderful people and had such incredible experiences. One was to a Korean paper "factory." The "factory" was a family operation - Father, two Sons, Mother and Grandmother, and a barn. Unbelievable. Needless to day - I brought home a lot of wonderful paper. And here, almost 6 years later I have occasion to use some of it.
I cooked some wheat paste - and pasted the paper out -
And put it on a freshly cleaned window. The watermark pattern in the paper is really beautiful.
The preliminary experience is that this is exactly what I wanted! Something to let light in - but not the neighbor's gaze.
Here it is prior to drying. As I spent the rest of the day trying to get used to all of the extra light, I still felt as though I had made the right decision. Can't wait to show you the window once the paper is dry.