The Stuff of Life: Stencil 101 for Kids and the Eternal Kid

A book blends the edginess of graffiti with the charm of interior decorating and introduces readers to the art of the stencil

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Last week, we spotlighted 5 coloring books for the eternal kid, exploring grown-up subjects like indie music, sneaker culture, and gangsta rap through a medium intended for children. Today, we're turning the tables and looking at something that does the opposite. Ed Roth's Stencil 101: Make Your Mark with 25 Reusable Stencils and Step-by-Step Instructions takes the grown-up medium of graffiti stencils and brings it to kids— or, depending on your disposition, your inner kid—with a collection of wonderful portfolio-format stencils to customize anything from your wall to your pillowcase.

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"Stencil101 Decor: How to stencil a wall pattern with Ed Roth of Stencil1" from Ed Roth on Vimeo.

Bearing the charm of analog art in an overly digital world, Roth's stencils blend playful pastime with the kind of ultra-personalized, custom-designed touch we've come to expect of just about everything.

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To complement Stencil 101, take a peek at the how-to videos on Roth's site, as well as his extensive gallery of application ideas.


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