5 Easy Tricks to Creating Incredible Stencils

Spray Paint Stencil masterpieces can be quite challenging, especially when creating your own from scratch. However, adding multiple layers and making the artwork look professional does take quite a lot of work, and it can be hard to understand the technique too but this is all completely achievable. It all comes down to planning.


1. PLANNING

At first, you need to make sure that you pick the Source Image. This can either be sketched by yourself or chosen via the internet.

Figure out how many colors you need and based on that, you will work out how many stencil layers you’ll need to complete your artwork.  You’ll also need to decide what size you want to use. A4 is typically the most common due to being able to print these out on a common standard printer.


2. PHOTO EDITING

After you’ve selected the image, you’ll need to edit it in an image editor. In my opinion, FOTOWORKS XL is excellent for this and a fraction of the cost of some software on the market.

First, change the image to Black and White using a GRAYSCALE FILTER. Raise the Contrast up to 100%. This will remove all of the colors which is necessary. You should keep a copy of the original piece so that you can refer back to it later on for colors and shadowing etc.





3. DRAW/SKETCH

When the templates are ready, you should draw your stencil. If there is a small area (island) that needs to be painted then you need to include a small bridge that 4connects the island to the main part of the layer. 

Everything needs to be connected and if you can’t do that then it needs to be removed! The main thing to bear in mind is that you need the stencil to be sturdy and not flimsy, especially if you plan on re-using the layers.

 


4. CHOOSING THE RIGHT MATERIAL

You can create stencils from almost anything. You don’t need to spend a fortune either! Fortunately, Acetate Sheet is ideal for making stencil layers. They’re cheap, easy to cut, transparent and re-useable.

 


5. GET CUTTING

An artists scalpel is by far the best tool to use to cut your stencil. A standard knife blade is too thick. A scalpel blade is very sharp very thin and relatively cheap too.

Cut the most detailed areas first, and then go for the others. Just don’t rush it!

 


 

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