Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Most Beautiful Art We've Ever Created

Using Stencils to Create Beautiful Art With Kids
I always let my kids do their own artwork and even if they aren't doing it the way I envisioned, I never interfere and help them finish.  I do this for two reasons:

1.  Because I want them to be responsible and be proud of their own artwork
2.  Because I'm terrible at art and probably wouldn't do any better than they could.  I would illustrate this by posting a picture of my own artwork but I do have some pride.

However, I have recently found something that helps us create beautiful artwork: stencils!  Now, since I am art-challenged I will admit that when Cheri from Stencils Online contacted me about doing a review and a giveaway, I was stumped.  I had to ask her, "What exactly do I do with stencils?  Can my four year old do anything with them?  Or is this an adult project?"

Cheri assured me that my daughter could participate and would enjoy it and boy was she right!  To get started, I taped the stencil to some paper and at first, we used a paintbrush:

For paint projects, I always use an old egg carton to contain the paint and it works really well.  For those who have been reading my site for awhile, notice how Munchkin Girl (almost four) is doing a much better job holding the paintbrush?  Our work on fine motor skills is really paying off!

Next, we tried using a sponge to do the painting and that worked like a charm!  She really enjoyed dipping the paint and it took her a long time (20 minutes) to cover the entire butterfly.  I just put some paint on a paper plate and gave her a sponge.  Much to my surprise, this turned out to be really easy!

preschooler using stencil to make a butterfly

She was SOOO impressed with the final product when we pulled the tape and stencil off the paper.  She oohed and ahhhed and she deemed it, "The most beautiful project I've ever done!" (her words, not mine)

They have all different kinds of stencils.  We did a unicorn next and they even sent trucks, dinosaurs, and frogs for my little guy!

preschooler made a unicorn using stencils

They have a full range of animal stencils and craft stencils.   I can envision using these stencils to create amazing gifts for teachers and grandparents, and I have to say, that I'm really glad they contacted me for this opportunity!  You should also visit their FB page at
They also offered to give one of my readers $50 to use for buying stencils!!  So, if you want to do this project at home, feel free to enter the sweepstakes below.  AND, they are offering 15% to all my readers.  If you order, enter the code "mommy" and you will get 15% off for the next two weeks.  Oh, and don't forget to vote for me below too pretty please!!

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**Note: I received this product free of charge in return for the review, and was paid to do a fair evaluation.  The opinion is 100% my own.  See the rest of the sweepstakes regulations in the Rafflecopter form.

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  1. So fun!! I'm as artistic as (insert bad simile here). Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  2. I think these stencils are fabulous

  3. I love stencils! This will be a great addition to for my toddler's art collection!

  4. I would love to have some of these stencils. They look great.
    kathyluman@gmail dot com

  5. My little girl saw this and said "Mommy, we have got to get a pretty butterfly one too!" Thanks for the chance to win some!

  6. I love stencilling. They're perfect for making handmade cards.

  7. I guess I never thought of doing stencils! That's an awesome idea!

  8. This looks like a lot of fun!

  9. I would love to win this. I've been looking at stenciling projects and I can't wait to try some.

  10. My kids have enjoyed small stencils so far. We have never used large ones like these - they look great!

  11. The butterfly looks beautiful, Munchkin Girl did an amazing job at sponging the paint. I take it the butterfly is quite large. Oh the possibilities! Look forward to seeing further posts and what else you guys come up with using these!

  12. These are so intricate and beautiful!

  13. I love these! I would have so much fun with them since I'm remodeling our bathroom right now :)

  14. I have a wall I want to stencil.This place has everything I could think off, giving me great ideas. Sent link to my hubby too, he airbrushes and is always looking for new stencils

  15. These look like a lot of fun! (Miz Vickik)

  16. Thanks for the chance to win.

  17. These look great! Thanks for the opportunity!

  18. Your art is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! I would love to try them out.

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