Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hints + Tips - 1 Layer Stencil

1. Materials Required
• paper
• thick card or acetate
• markers and pens
• image
• knife or scalpel
• cutting mat
• masking tape

2. Your Image
Choose an image you want to work with, print it out or photo copy it. Best to do so in greyscale or black and white.

3. Making Your Image Stencil Ready
Using your pens and makers fill the areas you want to cut out. Avoid creating islands in your stencil (the space that will become your stencil), keep it as one whole piece.

4. Cut It Out
Glue down your image onto the medium you wish to cut your stencil out from. Once dry then start cutting out all the areas you filled in.
Opps! I cut too much... If you cut an area that you were not meant to, masking tape is very handy to use to repair the damage.

5. Presto
You should now have one full piece of cardboard/acetate that is your stencil. Feel free to use all types of media; acrylic, aerosol, glitter and what ever else comes to mind. Though if you made yours from cardboard do be mindful of using mediums with a high water content as it will deteriorate the stencil much quicker.

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