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…
- A piece of posterboard
- An X-Acto Knife
- A message! (You can use our template, but its easy to make your own too!)
- DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint – this recipe is our favorite for vivid colors and actual paint likeness
- Spray Bottles, Squeeze Bottles, Brushes or Sponges
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!
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.
Looking for a little inspiration? Here are some of our favorites:
JANUARY 20, 4:30 PM EST…more to follow soon – I’ve put this blog post out at the Eleventh Hour and will update shortly with complete templates and inspiration links! 😀