I really like stencil art, but am not rebellious enough to go desecrate the city streets. Cutting stencils out of heavy cardboard requires a lot of patience, so instead I've opted for generic computer paper. Of course, this renders the reusable manufacturing aspect of the stencil obsolete, as paper of a certain gsm weight can only withstand soaking so much paint.
This is, the disposable stencil. Sharpen your exacto blades.
Step 1: Find Your Reference Image!
Step 2: Tracey Tracey TRACE!
Sure, there's a mass of lines in the example, but I actually traced the 'separate colours' on a different layers so I could print them out on different pages. I think this step could easily be achieved using your basic MS paint too.
Step 3: Stencil- Printing and Cutting.
I fed my printer with grimy printed-on-one-side-already paper (I always do this but CAUTION: danger of jamming printer if the paper is too grubby/crinkled/ancient). I printed out a total of 7 stencils, separating them by colour, but I also shared some pages with smaller colour patches.
Grab your exacto blades/scalpel/stanley knife, and preferably with a cutting board, to keep your blade sharp and work surfaces intact, slice away.
No need to be unnecessarily neat, this is a pretty rustic piece of low art.
Now the 'outline' layer is the trickiest, and one should exercise the most uttermost care when cutting this stencil. Before you start, pencil in stencil 'joints'. These help your stencil stability and are placed most likely where lines meet and keep your lines fairly straight and rigid, rather than any curved ones.
I AM ARTIST, HEAR ME ROAR
Use your specially acquired artistic license to denote what lines should be completely abolished, or altered to suit your stencil whim.
You'll notice on the skin layer, there's two joints connecting the 'eye holes', which I later filled in with a brush. Also, I had to enlarge the 'eye sparkle holes' to make things work. Of course, there's no foreseeing what troubles you may encounter ahead!
Step 4: Printing Your Stencil
This is- sponging stencil technique! Cut up your mum's kitchen sponges into finger sizes, and sponge away. Slow and steady is best. The sponge may stick to the paper because of the paint, so take care not to rip up your delicate disposable stencil.
You can use the same bit of sponge if the colours are complementary, as demonstrated in my paint palette, but otherwise, don't contaminate! Start with lighter colours like yellow and blue, then progress to stronger colours like red. It look better if the colours overlap properly.
Step 5: The Finale
I likee it! Might do a Card Captor Sakura one next.