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Faber-Castell Connector Paints with the Pochoir Color Process

Art and Lesson Plan by Edwin Leary, Art Consultant, Minnesota and Florida
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Lesson Plan
Grades 9-12, College
Sax Lesson Plans, Art


Faber-Castell® Connector Paints offer a unique paint and paint delivery of detachable color tablets that can be connected into various creative and purposefulcolor combinations. Bright, rich colors dry to a velvety smooth, flat finish. They are perfect for all water-based painting techniques, including the Pochoir French,pronounced POE-schwar) Color Process. The Pochoir Process is intended to add color to small areas of relief prints through a stencil method. The laydown of a flat colored area in a printmaking process is accomplished before the final print.


  • The arts are inherently experimental and actively engage learners in the process of creating, interpreting and responding to art materials and processes fromsimple to complex.
  • The organizational structure of art allows the learner to move from creating a black and white block print to adding color through an innovative process called “Pochoir”, converting a material, “Connector Paints” into a medium.


Supplies Needed

Faber-Castell® Watercolor Connector Paints, 24 color 1438857
Perfect Print Paper, 60 lb. wt., 12" x 18", Pack of 100 246982
Stencil Paper, 12" x 18", Pack of 20 452681
Utility-Stencil Knife, with blade and safety cap 248953
Stencil Brushes, white bristles, 6 assorted sizes, Pack of 6 462062
Scratch Foam Printing Plates, 9" x 12", Pack of 48 408108
Wooden Stylus Sticks, 4 1/2" Box of 100 085949
Soft Rubber Brayer, 4" wide, soft grip handle, each 411156
Sax® True Flow Block Printing Ink, 6 assorted 5 oz, colors 1429280
Ink Mixing trays, clear plastic, 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" 090907
Rubbing Sticks, smooth plastic with flat end, each 410248


Content Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques and processes.
Content Standard #3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas.
Content Standard #5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.


Step 1

Create a block printing plate in wood, linoleum, or foam. Roll with ink and print a proof. Examine the print at the proof state for open areas that would be enhanced by adding color.

Step 2

Using the proof state as a guide, cut out of the stencil paper those areas that would be in color. Note: If you are using multiple colors, all these areas can be cut out of the same stencil sheet.

Step 3

Small triangular registration marks can be cut into the corners of the stencil to ensure correct positioning onto the final print paper.

Step 4

Mark registration corners (lightly with pencil) onto the final paper for the correct positioning of the stencil and final.

Step 5

Add colors, Faber-Castell® Connector Paints, to the final print paper through the open areas of the stencil, using the stencil brush with VERY little paint, in a DABBING, not painting, motion.

Step 6

Position the inked block exactly over the registration marks. Turn over the paper and block to rub, pressing on the back of the final paper with a baren, spoon, or rubbing stick.

Step 7

Lift the final print and curate with “Title, edition number, and name-date.”

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