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Stencils create a learning shade.

You can start with your own window shade

TWO CATS PLUS TWO CATS equal light-hearted learning in an unexpected place: a pull-down shade decorated with stenciled shapes and acrylic paints. Window shades do little more than darken a room and then get out of the way, but in this children's room a 74-inch-wide shade teaches an arithmetic lesson. With a few simple supplies, you can make one like it.

You can use an existing shade if it is in good condition, or replace it with canvas (with finished side edges). If you remove an old shade, mark which way the shade rolls before stapling on the new material.

Copy the simple, two-color stencil patterns at right, or design your own. Or, you may want to buy ready-made stencils.

To make stencils, you'll need clear acetate, a permanent felt-tip marker, a craft knife, a 1-inch-thick sponge, acrylic paint, masking tape, and paper plates (to hold paint).

Size stencils to fit your shade and draw them on paper. Overlay and trace each drawing onto acetate, then cut out the outline. Save the inside shape and cut out any desired details.

Determine where the figures will appear on the shade and align the stencils with masking tape. Daub paint over each stencil with a piece of sponge. Carefully remove the stencil and repeat as many times as needed. After cleaning the stencil, you can flip it over to make mirror-image shapes. When the paint has dried, use the inner stencil to add details.

Francoise Kirkman designed this shade.
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Title Annotation:window shade with stencil designs
Author:Whiteley, Peter O.
Publication:Sunset
Date:Jun 1, 1992
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