My daughter Little C, and I are really into art projects lately, which means I’ve been doing a lot of research. I love searching for inspiration. When I saw an art project involving black paper, chalk, and lines of glue, I immediately knew I wanted to combine chalk and black paper for our next project. In the early morning hours, the idea to make silhouettes using contact paper came to me when I should have been sleeping. That’s when my best ideas take shape, I guess I have my daughter to thank for my bad sleeping habits. If you’d love to recreate this chalk art, read on for a step by step tutorial.
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- Contact paper
- Template You can purchase the ones I used off of Etsy by clicking here.
- Black card stock paper
- Chalk pastels
- Print your template. You can purchase the template I used from clicking the link in the list of materials, but you can also go with any subject you want. I have done gorillas, monkeys, butterflies, and frogs before with this same contact paper resist method. Just google ________ template, and you should be able to find a template for just about anything. I just happened to fall in love with the ballerina silhouettes we used.
- Cut a piece of contact paper slightly bigger than your template, and staple your template to your contact paper. I do this so the paper doesn’t slide around as I am cutting my template out. If you are not familiar with contact paper, I will explain a little more about what contact paper is at the end of this post. Just scroll down for more information!
- Cut carefully around your template, as close to the outline as possible. Then peel the back of the protective paper off a little at a time, and stick the contact paper onto your black cardstock paper. If you pull the paper backing off all at one time, the sticky contact paper will curl up, and the whole image will stick together. Also, pressing your image down onto the paper a little at a time insures that you don’t have a million bubbles once you get it all pressed onto the paper. Make sure you press the image firmly down, so nothing gets underneath the edges.
- After you have firmly pressed your contact paper image onto the paper, you are ready to color on top of it with your chalk. My daughter, and I both colored a separate image, so you can see our different styles of coloring! My daughter colored hers all by herself, but I did have to go back and put a little more chalk around the edges of the image for her, so you could see the outline of the ballerina.
- When you are done coloring, it’s time to carefully peel your contact paper off. Again, you want to slowly peel the contact paper off a little at a time, you aren’t going to be able to rip the whole thing off at once. Make sure you try not to touch the black silhouette because you don’t want to get chalk on it.
- Enjoy your finished artwork! If you would like an extra layer of protection, you can spray clear finishing spray on top. This step is optional.
What Is Contact Paper?
Let’s talk about contact paper. A few people have asked me what contact paper is. Contact paper is traditionally used to line kitchen drawers and cabinet shelves and is sometimes used as a protective cover for text books. In the creative world, the sky is the limit when it comes to contact paper! For example, you can hang it on the wall sticky side out, and have your toddler stick things to it, or you can use it the way I do and do resist art with it! Contact paper usually comes in a roll, and sometimes has a grid on the back, to help you measure out how much you are cutting off of the roll. You just cut off as much as you need for your project, and then you peel off the white paper backing, to reveal the sticky side.
I find my contact paper on Amazon, but it’s also available in craft stores, hardware stores (since it’s shelf liner), and it can even be found in some Super Markets and Dollar Stores. I am not positive if it is available world wide.
Now that you know how amazing contact paper is, I hope you are inspired to get creative! There are just so many possibilities for this method, and I love the fact that contact paper gives my toddler the ability to create stunning artwork while having fun. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment, and I’ll be more than happy to answer.