Classy Kids Art

Classy Kids Art

Your kids can create mini masterpieces using stencils, rubber cement and watercolors.

5 col

Difficulty: Easy

Picture frame with matte, size of choice
Cold press heavy weight watercolor paper, same size as picture frame
Watercolor paint, colors of choice
Simple cardboard stencil of choice (Found at craft store)
Paint palette
Rubber cement
Rubber eraser
Craft knife
Small bowl of water



  1. Place the matte on the watercolor paper and trace around the inside edge of the matte using a pencil. Remove the matte and set to one side
  1. Using a pencil, make small “X”s on the watercolor paper, centered between the paper edge and the matte line on all four sides (See image below)

  1. Use a ruler and pencil to draw lines through the X’s to make a rectangle between the edge of the paper and the matte edge. Use a ruler and a craft knife to score along the new rectangle lines but don’t cut all the way through. This new rectangle will be the tear lines in the next step (See diagram below)

  1. Dip the sponge in water and run it along the pencil lines from Step 3. Enough to make the paper soggy. Carefully tear away the paper along the soggy cut lines. This will create a rough, torn look to make the paper appear aged (See images below)

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  1. Once the paper edges are torn off and the paper looks aged, turn it over so the pencil lines are on the back. Place your cardboard stencil on the paper wherever you like it and trace around it with a pencil. We used a simple flower stencil and traced around it in two places on the paper, but you can draw anything you want (See image below)

  1. Set the stencil to one side. Use a brush to apply rubber cement to the area inside the stencil/drawing. Keep in mind that anything you cover with rubber cement will be protected from your watercolor paint (See image below)

  1. Allow the rubber cement to dry for about 30 minutes or dry to the touch before moving on to the next step
  1. Paint watercolor all over the paper. Use more water for a diluted pale look or less water for a stronger look. Be creative, you can use a variety of colors or just one color (See image below)

  1. Allow the watercolor paint to dry completely for about 30 minutes or until dry to the touch before moving on to the next step
  1. Use a finger to rub off the rubber cement from the paper. You will be left with white silhouettes of the stencil shapes (See image below)

11. Place the finished picture in the frame and hang it on the wall

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