SIMPLE PATTERNS – Stencil Prints, Warm and Cool Colours

Students create simple patterns with stencil prints using warm and cool colours of tempera paint.

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SIMPLE PATTERNS – Stencil Prints, Warm and Cool Colours


  • Crayola Sketchbooks
  • Crayola Tempera Paint
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Pencils
  • Plastic Container Lids for Palettes
  • Small Pieces of Sponge - about 3 cm x 4 cm (1.25" x 1.5")
  • Tag Manilla or Cardstock Paper - 10 cm x 11.5 cm (4" x 5")
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")


Step 1
  1. Make 4 thumbnail sketches of different ideas for your stencil.
Step 2
  1. Choose the design you like best.
  2. Draw it on the piece of tag manilla.
  3. Make a straight cut from the outer edge of the tag manilla to the outline of your drawing.
  4. Cut the shape out in one piece.
  5. This is the POSITIVE shape.
Step 3
  1. Place tape across the two edges of the opening where you started cutting to join them back together.
  2. Make sure the edges are just touching each other where you tape them so the stencil is flat.
  3. This is the NEGATIVE shape.
Step 4
  1. Use 2 plastic lids for your paint.
  2. Mix a warm colour of tempera paint on one of the lids, and a cool colour on the other lid.
  3. Place the stencil on the paper and hold it firmly in place.
  4. Dab a small sponge into one of the colours of paint.
  5. Dab the paint into the open space of the stencil.
Step 5
  1. Make a simple pattern.
  2. Try painting several colours in each shape.
Step 6
  1. Experiment with both the positive and negative pieces of the stencil.

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