Hi guys, I hope you’re doing great! Today, we’re going to learn how to make a stencil easily and how you can use it for this and for any future project.
You might be wondering how I came up with this idea. And I won’t keep it as a secret from you.
It wasn’t until I decided one day that I wanted to decoupage on a wooden box and I thought of adding golden stencils on the design.
Being impatient from nature, I wanted one right away and decided to go buy one to add it to my design. And as it’s always the case when you want something so much, I didn’t manage to find anything in stores that I could use for my project. While most of them weren’t appropriate, some others were way off the available budget for that project.
This is why I decided to take things in my own hands and create one that I know I can use.
Long story short, the result was magnificent!
But let’s get to the details of stencil. What is a stencil anyway?
Stencil is a tool that we can use to reproduce a pattern as many times as we want quickly and easily with the exact same result.
A stencil is usually a thin piece of transparent plastic sheet, metal or wooden sheet in which a perforated pattern is illustrated. This pattern can be letters, numbers, flower designs, animals or anything else you can imagine.
As far as concerned the surfaces on which the stencil can be applied, this can be limited by your creativity. That being said, you can apply stencil to surfaces such as wood, glass, metal, paper, mirror, wall etc.
But how can you use stencil?
Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to use a stencil.
We can use it with a small sponge, brush, spray, or small paint roll. It always depends on the size of the stencil before I decide what I should use it with.
When the size is fairly small, I tend to prefer a small sponge and make tapped motions to apply the color. Pay extra attention to the volume of paint that you use. If you use a lot of it, there’s a great chance that you ruin your design. For this reason I advise you to make few experiments on a piece of paper before using your stencil on the surface of your object.
The fact that you can make a stencil by yourself, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find beautiful ones in stores or online. However, this post will teach you how to make a stencil rather than how to buy one.
But enough with the introduction. Let’s find out how to make a stencil then.
How to make a stencil step by step
First, you want to find a design that you like. And the best place to search is where else, on the internet. Simply google the term ‘‘stencil free download” and you’ll find a lot of results that allow you to get one for free.
If you’re creative and you’ve got talent in painting, I would recommend designing one yourself.
Print out your design on an A4 or A3 sheet, depending on the size of stencil.
You can also try to print out your design on your transparent plastic sheet immediately. In such case, you can skip step 4 and move on to step 5.
Get a transparent plastic sheet.
Place your preferred design below the transparent plastic sheet and begin designing the pattern of your design with – preferably permanent, marker.
Using a permanent market is better since the drawing dries quickly and you won’t smudge it if you touch it with your hand by accident. If it happens that you make a mistake with the marker, you can easily erase the particular part with a piece of kitchen paper and alcohol.
Right after you finish designing the pattern, start cutting it with an art knife. It’s important to have a good knife for this since precision and sharpness are the two things that matter here.
When I’m done cutting the pattern and prepared the stencil, it’s time to use it!
I begin by sticking the stencil on the surface that I want to use it on.
I would definitely recommend to stick the pattern with duct tape for better hold.
I place one piece of duct tape on top and one beneath the pattern. If the stencil’s size is very wide, I place more pieces of duct tape across the entire surface of the pattern.
Now that the stencil is stuck on the paper properly, I’ll use my color paints to see if the design of the stencil is illustrated correctly.
Since the pattern is relatively small, I prefer to pat the colors with a small sponge.
Be extra cautious with the amount of color you’re using. Don’t put too much, otherwise you might ruin your design.
I begin painting the sides of the design and I’m working my way towards the center so that the paint doesn’t go out of the pattern’s edges.
After finishing with the patting, wait for a few minutes until the paint gets fully dry.
When the paint is dry, I take the stencil away carefully and check if the stencil design is illustrated properly on paper.
That’s it! Your stencil is all set!
Now you can use it as many times you want for all kinds of projects.
Good luck and I wish you only beautiful creations!
Have you ever tried making your own stencil? I’d love to hear your thoughts