Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Today's discussion is on layering.

This is a very special and somewhat difficult technique.

To layer a stencil it requires much more time than a regular stencil.

Let me first begin by describing what layering is. Have you ever wanted to create a stencil that had different shades of color in it? or a picture with a picture over it, like a flag with a design on the flag?

Layering is allowing you, the stencil artist, to take a layered picture and make it into a stencil.

Let us take a simple pic like the "don't tread on me" flag. This image is a basic white and red striped flag with a snake image on the flag.

To make this flag into a stencil you must cut out the flag stripes first and then cut out the snake seperately.

To make sure you get the snake on the flag in the right spot a box light will come in handy.

You can always cut out the corners on the snake stencil to match up with the corners of the flag stencil to line it up when you apply it to an object.

This has been a brief blog and example of how to layer your stencils. So, go now and try it out. Practice makes perfect, don't give up, etc, etc, so on and again.

Monday, April 11, 2011


Today I will be teaching you a simple little technique to help you with more challenging stencils.

The most difficult stencil I have done to date is a stencil of Roy lichtenstein's pop art masterpiece. I cannot show you the picture of it due to copyright issues.

What made this particular stencil so hard was that I could not just cut out that is if I wanted to keep the stencil intact.

To solve my little problem of messing up my stencil I just created a bridge.

Usually, when creating a stencil you should make the picture black and white and cut out the black. In my case if I cut out all the black some white would come with it thus ruining my stencil.

So, to eliminate my problem I just added a bridge. A bridge is where you create a llittle strip to connect the white portions of the stencil.

The little strips will act as a bridge to keep the white parts from together. The bridge will prevent you from cutting out the white portions while you cut out the black parts.

That is the bridge technique in a nutshell. Keep on reading. I will be back next week with more.