Put your pencil to use with a pencil art craft and spice up your sketches with some new techniques.

These pencil art crafts for kids will give you tricks and ideas that you can try out on your next art projects. They're easy to do but you'll be impressed with how much they add to your pencil art.

Follow the links below to learn how to make your own pencil art crafts:

Pencil Painting

With special pencils you can draw a watery painting.

Stencil Art

A simple way to make a stencil adds a geometric flourish to your art.

Keep reading to learn a new technique for painting with a pencil.

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Pencil Painting

Draw a picture -- and then turn it into a painting -- with these magic pencils.

What You'll Need:

  • Water-soluble colored pencils (available at art supply stores)
  • Drawing paper
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Draw a lion on a sheet of drawing paper using yellow and brown water-soluble colored pencils. (They feel and look just like colored pencils.)

Step 2: Wash over your picture using a damp paintbrush. The colors blend just like watercolor paints.

Step 3: Clean your paintbrush and let the painting dry before you change from blending one color to another color. Add other details.

Water scenes are also fun to paint using water-soluble pencils. Draw a boat at a pier by the lake, using blues for the water. Then use the blending technique to create the boat's reflection in the water. Experiment with other scenes and colors.

Continue to the next page to find out how stenciling can improve your penciling.

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Stencil Art

Stencil art is a creative way to recycle -- use the lids from old coffee cans to help you make cool geometric-patterned artwork.

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic coffee can lids
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Drawing paper
  • Colored pencils

Step 1: Draw a geometric shape -- a triangle, octagon, square, rectangle, and circle -- on several plastic coffee can lids.

Step 2: Have an adult cut out each shape from the lids.

Step 3: Use the lid with the cutout shape as your stencil. Place the stencil on paper, and outline or fill in the shape with colored pencils. Use the stencils to color in geometric patterns on paper to make gift wrapping.

You can also use the stencils to make geometric illustrations, like a round clown with a triangular hat and square hands and feet.

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