Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hints + Tips - A Basic 2 Layer Stencil

Being a stencil artist I at times get asked by people how to cut stencils. As I'm pretty much self taught I find it hard to at times to describe my process. However I've managed to pick my brain to create what I think is an easy to follow how to guide in cutting a basic two layer stencil.

1. What you will need
• paper
• thick card or acetate
• markers and pens
• an image you want to use
• knife or scalpel
• cutting mat
• masking tape

2. Your image
Once you've selected an image you want to work with, print it out or photo copy it twice. Best to do so in greyscale or black and white so that you can focus on the contrast and tone rather than colour.

3. Getting your image stencil ready
With one of your print outs you'll be cutting out the entire image as the fill, so put one print out aside for now. With the other using your pens and makers fill the areas you want to cut out. If your planning on painting black on a white fill cut out the dark areas and if white on a black fill the light areas. Avoid creating islands in your stencil (the space that will become your stencil), keep it as one whole piece.

4. Now to cut it out
Glue down your printouts onto the medium you wish to cut your stencil out from, whether it be thick card or acetate. Once dry then start cutting out all the areas you filled in and on the other cut the entire fill area.
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. Your ready to use it
You should now have two full piece of cardboard/acetate that is your two layer stencil. Feel free to use all types of mediums; acrylic, aerosol, glitter and what ever else comes to mind to show off your stencil. You use the fill layer first then the more highly detailed layer. If you've made your stencil from cardboard do be mindful when using mediums with a high water content as the stencils tend to deteriorate much quicker.

1 comment:

  1. Hi. Can you get the acetate cut on a plotter/cutter type machine for more accuracy?
    Thank you.




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