With some DIY spray chalk paint, a stencil template and an idea, your kids can create their own (washable!) guerrilla art! This isn't just outdoor fun - its a great lesson in activism!
All, Change, Make

Change: Share Messages of Love with Chalk Art Paint

With some DIY spray chalk paint, a stencil template and an idea, your kids can create their own (washable!) guerrilla art! This isn't just outdoor fun - its a great lesson in activism!

In the grand tradition of all those activists and artists who have challenged, changed and inspired before us, we decided to LITERALLY take our messages to the street today! We have been guerilla-arting love and equality all morning with washable spray chalk paint and stenciled messages. I can’t think of an easier and more immediate way to get out with kids and teach them that there are SO many ways to participate in our political system. Today, be inspired by the peace, the love that’s out there, the mobilization, action, voices and ART! Democracy affords us amazing opportunity and to make it work, we must ALL work together – on EQUAL footing. THAT is what makes us great.

I’m not going to lie, it feels AWESOME to do this on a sidewalk or brick wall downtown (after permission from business owners or the city….of course…) and feel like you’ve made your mark without actually making a store-owner or city-worker’s day harder.

BUT – if you don’t feel like gathering the supplies, if you have a better idea, if you just want to use chalk sticks on your driveway – OR – if you want to take it to the next level by figuring out how to use wheatpaste – DO IT!!! There are SO MANY ways to create guerrilla art in fun (eco-friendly…lawful) ways with kids – I’ve included a couple examples and links below. To recreate our exact look though, see the instructions below…

With some DIY spray chalk paint, a stencil template and an idea, your kids can create their own (washable!) guerrilla art! This isn't just outdoor fun - its a great lesson in activism!

SUPPLIES:

Instructions:

You can grab one of our templates for your own stencil-making – OR – just come up with a message of your own! Layout your message on a thick piece of poster board or card stock, use an x-acto knife to cut the letters out, and voila – you have your very own stencil!

Using the recipe for DIY sidewalk chalk paint (or just chalk!) fill in stencil as you’d like! Its just that easy!

With some DIY spray chalk paint, a stencil template and an idea, your kids can create their own (washable!) guerrilla art! This isn't just outdoor fun - its a great lesson in activism!

You can download the 18×24″ template below  by right-clicking and “saving as”.  If you’re  home printing, make sure to choose borderless printing – due to the the size, this will print on 4 separate pages you can then align – or just reduce/enlarge the size as you need it by changing your printer settings.

Stronger Together Chalk Paint Template

Looking for a little inspiration? Here are some of our favorites:

Dallas Clayton’s Instagram Account

Keri Smith

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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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