Stained Glass Name Designs

This is a sim­ple project, and a great intro­duc­tion to the con­cept of pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive space for younger kids. Any project using their names is typ­i­cally a guar­an­teed hit!!

  • White paper, any size
  • Pen­cil and eraser
  • Black chisel tip markers
  • Water-based mark­ers in a vari­ety of colors

Pos­i­tive Space — the object or objects you are draw­ing (in this case, the let­ters)
Neg­a­tive Space — the area around and in between what­ever you are draw­ing

1. Using large “stick let­ters”, write your name so that the let­ters touch each edge of the paper as well as each other, cre­at­ing plenty of neg­a­tive spaces. (If your name has more than four let­ters, you may want to use just your ini­tials, or use a longer piece of paper.)
2. Trace over your let­ters (the pos­i­tive space) with a broad tip black marker to make them nice and thick.
3. Color in the neg­a­tive spaces inside and around your let­ters using col­or­ful mark­ers for a “stained glass” effect. (Remind stu­dents to color all one direc­tion, so their designs look neat and not scrib­bly! When I’m tak­ing to K’s, I tell them this is col­or­ing “the Kinder­garten way”, for 1st graders I say it’s the “first grade way”, etc. They really need this reminder!!)

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4 Responses to Stained Glass Name Designs

  1. Brenda Doodles August 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Love the projects, will cer­tainly be shar­ing them with my daugh­ter. Thanks for putting this and oth­ers up.

  2. TeachKidsArt August 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    Yup, Adam.… I owe you a dollar! ;)

  3. Lee January 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

    For young chil­dren would you write the children’s names for them, do you use some form on stencilling.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge January 15, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

      When stu­dents aren’t able to write their own names yet, I like to write it for them with a very light dot­ted line, which they then trace and fill in. That way they get the prac­tice of writ­ing the let­ters, and it feels (and looks) more like their own work!

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