STENCIL A POEM – Printmaking, Colour, Shape

Students use markers with water to create a stencil print that reflects a Haiku they have written.

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STENCIL A POEM – Printmaking, Colour, Shape


  • Crayola Broad Tip Markers - 24 Count
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers - 12 Count
  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Write-On Overhead Transparencies - 14 cm x 21.6 cm (5 ½" x 8 ½") - 1 per student
  • Water Containers
  • Small Pieces of Sponge - about 3 cm x 3 cm (1 ½" x 1 ½") - 1 per student
  • Paper Towels
  • Masking Tape
  • Pencils


Step 1
  1. Choose the Haiku you want to use.
  2. Trace the outline of the transparency onto a piece of paper.
  3. Draw a shape that will best reflect your Haiku in that rectangle.
  4. Make your shape as big as the rectangle.
  5. Place the transparency on top of your drawing.
  6. Use a marker to trace your shape onto the transparency.
Step 2
  1. Cut out the shape.
  2. Save the scraps of transparency.
Step 3
  1. Wipe the marker off the shape with a damp sponge.
  2. Dry it with paper towel or a tissue.
Step 4
  1. Roll some small loops of tape with the sticky side facing out.
  2. Place them on the back of your plastic shape.
Step 5
  1. Centre your shape on the paper and press it into place.
  2. Use a white or other colour crayon to draw some patterns on the paper around your shape.
  3. Set your paper aside.
Step 6
  1. Use some of the scrap plastic to test colours and practice the technique.
  2. Hold a piece of plastic in place on the paper.
  3. Draw some marker ink along the edge of the plastic.
  4. make sure the marker ink is only on the plastic not the paper.
Step 7
  1. Place the small sponge into the water.
  2. Squeeze some of the water out of the sponge.
Step 8
  1. Place the damp sponge on top of the ink .
  2. Drag the ink onto the paper.
  3. Try with different colours.
  4. Experiment with how wet you make the sponge.
    - What happens to the marker colour when the sponge is almost dry?
    - What happens to the marker colour when the sponge is very wet?
    - What is the right amount of water in your sponge to get the effect you like?
Step 9
  1. Now you are ready to complete your stencil print.
  2. Use the same technique and the effects you discovered.
Step 10
  1. Decide if there is anything else you want to do with the print before removing the transparency from the paper.
  2. When you are satisfied gently remove the transparency from the paper.
  3. Be careful because the tape may tear the paper.
Step 11
  1. Write your Haiku inside the shape.
  2. You may want to use markers to add a pattern inside the outer edge of the shape.
  3. View your finished work with fresh eyes.
    - How does the image contribute to the Haiku?
    - How does the Haiku contribute to the image?
    - What do you like best about your artwork? Why?
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 1,

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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