Christmas Art Prints With Stencils
You can create some Christmas Art easily with stencils!
Most Holiday decorations only extend as far as the tree, a few lights, a nativity scene and maybe a few cards taped to the door. Well, I want you to consider a new way to invite the holiday’s home. Maybe you have a couple of framed art prints hanging around (over the fireplace or behind the sofa)? Imagine replacing them temporarily with holiday art prints. It’s so easy to create your own Christmas art and complete your festive mood. Using stencils of course.
With stencils you choose the colors that will match the theme of your traditional decorations. What is your Christmas theme? Is it angels, reindeers, Santa Claus or snowflakes? You can find the perfect stencils to create art prints that will carry your Christmas theme to the walls.
The Reindeer Prints above were made with simple two overlay designs. They were painted on a plain white background. Then I matted and framed them using ready made frames with matts that I found at a local craft supply store. It was a very easy project and they look great over the fireplace. You can find them in the downloadable book below but remember that any stencil works for this Christmas Art Project.
Christmas: A Book of Stencils - This collection includes 9 designs: Santa Claus, a Reindeer, a Christmas Tree (with options for decorations), a Candle with Holly Accents, Bells with a Bow, a Gingerbread Boy and Girl, and a String of Lights.
This purchase is of a PDF file which has 42 pages.
Don’t be afraid to mix it up! Use two or more stencils together to create a more complex art piece. Use an angel stencil and surround her with some unique star stencils. Or you can paint a Santa Claus with some Christmas Tree Stencils. Use a larger image as a focal point and then put smaller images around it.
Or try one of the Free Printable Christmas Stencils we have on this site!
When creating your own stencil Christmas art, you can choose whatever colors best match your decor. Do you stay with the traditional red and green or do you like to dazzle it up with silver and gold? Maybe you’re into retro and you have a silver tree decorated with hot pink and neon green ornaments? The point is that since you’re creating your own art, be yourself. Have a good time!
One of my favorite Christmas Craft Ideas is to pair Christmas stencils with words. Picture two individual prints each a picture of an angel in tones of gold with the words Peace and Joy. This is an opportunity to display the sentiments that mean the most to you.
Here are a few Free Christmas Stencils that you can use to pair with an image. Enjoy!
You may be curious about what type of paper works best for creating stencil art prints. You want a paper that has a smooth finish to allow the stencil to lay flat on the surface so that the edges of the painting will be clean and crisp. Also, you want a matte finish that will readily accept paint. Make sure it is heavyweight and thick so that the wet paint won’t cause the paper to bubble and stretch.
As far as paints go, I use Acrylic Craft Paints. I find that the thicker the paint the better the results. A thin paint will be more likely to run under your stencil. So don’t cheap out on paint.
I recommend Strathmore Windpower Bristol Pads (either the smooth or the vellum).
Just a fun note about the Strathmore Windpower line of Artist Papers, they are made with 100% wind power – a pollution-free, renewable energy resource.
I hope that now you have some great ideas about how you can decorate with stencil Christmas art prints. You are only limited by your own imagination (and I know there is no limit there). You can choose the size, colors, theme, framing…Let’s face it – you’re in charge. I know you’ll have fun with these great Christmas projects.
So go get ‘em and Happy Stenciling! Most of all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
P.S. See how you can set a unique table with custom painted cloth napkins for a fun Homemade Christmas Crafts idea!