Tracing Pattern How-To Guide
So you want to dress up your field. Adding a logo with your team’s colors is a great way to add pizazz to any basic green and white playing surface. However, choosing the right kind of stencil can be a bit daunting.
A tracing pattern stencil is a great option if you want to lay out a very large image and you don’t have a ton of man power or a huge budget. It is a simple way to add value to your field. To use the tracing pattern stencil, you will have to go back to the skills you learned in kindergarten; think connect-the-dots on a much larger scale!
The tracing pattern stencil is a thin Visqueen .06mil plastic with half-moon cutouts. Because of the large size of this stencil, it can be an intimidating task. But have no fear; below is a step-by-step guide with pictures and video on how to use the tracing pattern stencil in order to dress up your field for game day.
Step 1: Find the center of the area you will be painting
- Whether it is the center of the field or the end zone, measure out the vertical and horizontal centers and string them out.
Step 2: Line up the stencil
- Line up the horizontal and vertical marks that are on the stencil to the string lines running horizontally and vertically underneath the stencil.
Step 3: Secure the stencil
- Once the stencil is centered, pull it tight and stake it down
Step 4: Dot it out
- Paint all the half-moon cutouts
Step 5: Remove the stencil
Step 6: Connect the dots
- Go back and connect the straight edges of the half-moons in the specified colors
After connecting the dots, have fun coloring in between the lines!