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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 art-ing 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 opportunities and to make it work, we must ALL work together – on EQUAL footing.
It is SO much fun to “spray paint” these messages, but if you don’t feel like gathering the supplies, have a better idea, just want to use chalk sticks on your driveway – OR – 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 of examples and links below to get your creativity flowing. To recreate our exact look though, see the instructions below…
Chalk Paint Art Supplies:
- A piece of poster board
- An X-Acto Knife
- A message! (You can use our template, but it’s easy to make your own too!)
- DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint – this recipe from Learn Play Imagine is our favorite for vivid colors and actual paint likeness
- Spray Bottles, Squeeze Bottles, Brushes, or Sponges
Chalk Paint Art Directions:
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! It’s 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 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 a couple of our favorites:
For a different kind of sidewalk art, grab some brushes and try making your own DIY sidewalk paint – perfect to pass out as a homemade summer party favor too!