How to Make a Stencil
Stencils are the fastest way to create a repeated pattern. They can be used on most surfaces including walls, furniture, gift wrap and fabric. Create a design as simple or as intricate as you like and turn it into a stencil that you can use over and over again.
What You Need:
- Construction paper
- Card stock paper
- Tempera or acrylic paint
- Paint brush or sponge
- Craft knife
What You Do:
- Have your child draw out a design onto a piece of card stock paper.
- Encourage him to carefully cut out his design using a craft knife. You might need to monitor your child to make sure he is using the knife correctly.
- Have him place his stencil how he wants it on a sheet of construction paper.
- Gently sponge paint, or brush paint over the cut-out sections of the stencil. Make sure he covers all areas while keeping the stencil as still as possible.
- Slowly lift the stencil off of the construction paper. Have him repeat this process until he's happy with his final work of art.
Helpful Hint: Creating a design from nature is a great way to begin. This allows your child to physically choose something in his surroundings and draw directly from observation.
Helpful Tip: Allow the stencil to dry completely, or dab off wet paint before changing colors. Alternatively, if you want a "mixed-color" look, mix wet paint into wet paint as you stencil.