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Stencil 101 for Kids & the Eternal Kid

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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 gansta rap through a medium indended 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.

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.

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.

Thanks, Sharon

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