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.
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.
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.
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 connects 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.
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.
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!
HI! I’m the guy behind this site. Living in Bristol, England, I’m an independent filmmaker, blogger and a huge fan of Stencil Graffiti Art.
Using this site, I aim to pass on some of my knowledge to others. Enjoy!