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Monday, May 6, 2013

Green Stencils

Was asked about the results of a green stencil project we tried out last year and since there weren't any photos of it on the blog, I thought I would show the process all the way through.

Above, you see a frame that we used when we made our spray paint stencils. The green border is 2x2 wood with a cardboard box stapled to the back. Instead of using this frame for spray paint, we filled it with top soil. The little bag on the left is birdseed

To test out our green stencils a student volunteered this alien stencil. I will say, this stencil is much better suited for spray paint. For birdseed, you need something simpler.  You don't get the same detail with birdseed as you do spray paint. Still, we had the stencil so we gave it a go..

Next, we sprinkled the birdseed onto the stencil. The birdseed that lands on the dirt will grow. Where there is poster board, nothing will grow. We sprayed the project everyday with water from a squirt bottle to keep the dirt moist.

In a few day the birdseed began to grow. 


The last step was to take away the tag board to reveal the dirt below. I think this would be a fun project to do on a much larger surface area outside.


  1. Hi! I am a big fan of your blog. I have a couple of questions for you. I am a first year art teacher in Missouri and will be teaching a new class next year, Digital Media or what you titled your class, Computer Art. I notice that you use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. We currently only have photoshop on one desktop computer and am wondering about the licensing for moving photoshop onto multiple computers. We are a one to one school, each student has their own computer. Do you have any suggestions for me on how to go about licensing multiple computers?

  2. We originally purchased the CreTive Suite license which included Photoshop, Illustratror but also Dreamweaver .. It was a 500 seat license (I think). However, Adobe has now changed the way they license their software. You would really need to contact them and make sure they understand you're talking about educational licensing cause it make a big difference $ wise!

    1. Also, thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you like the blog. Good luck with your new class and keep us updated with how it's going!


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