Chalk Stencils – make your own!
Creating Chalk-Art Stencils by Hand
Step 1: Gather the Materials
Cutting Mat – a plastic or rubber pad that protects the table surface below it.
Laminated Paper – Print out the images and get them laminated at a print shop or warehouse stationary
Recycle Plastic – if you have a steady hand, use an old stationary L-folder or piece of thin flat plastic (its best to re-use stuff if you can).
Craft Knife – Use a sharp craft knife. Avoid cutting yourself!
Marker – A permanent maker can be very handy.
Liquid chalk – see recipe at the bottom of the page.
Step 2: The Design
Two designs to choose from – the hashtag, or the circular motif. Download the .pdf’s below.
Step 3: Cut the Stencil
If using recycled plastic, print out the design and put it under the plastic. Then trace your design onto the plastic.
If you have laminated a print out – you are all good to go.
BEFORE YOU CUT, there’s one more decision to make. You have to decide what parts of the stencil you actually want to cut out. Remember, whatever you cut out will show the chalk, and whatever you don’t cut out will be blank.
Do you want the #makeitlegal words to be coloured, or a coloured surround with #makeitlegal words uncoloured?
If you can’t decide, we recommend cutting out the words, leaving a big area uncut, which will make the stencil stronger.
Once you have decided what to cut, its cutting time!
Push the blade (at an angle) into the paper or plastic, then pull slowly towards you, with the straight side of the blade facing away.
Step 4: Chalk Art Away!
Make the chalk paste (recipe below) and dab it onto the stencil.
Note: Chalk art is NOT vandalism as long as you don’t do any permanent damage. On streets and walls, it will wash away leaving no damage.
Make Your Own DIY Chalk Paints
Coloured chalk (sidewalk chalk works great)
Liquid hand sanitizer
Paintbrush, or paint dabber (a wad of fabric balled together will do)
How to Make Liquid Chalk
First, grate your chalk into very small, fine bits using your cheese grater.
Next, mix in a little bit of hand sanitizer.
Keep mixing it in slowly until it turns into the consistency of cake batter. Mix well.
Applying Your Liquid Chalk
Apply your stencil to your chalkboard, pavement or wall – stick it down with tape.
Brush or dab on the DIY liquid paste.
Press edges of stencil down firmly as you fill in.
Peel the stencil off carefully and go again!