The steps are not that complex, but there is a few quick tips inside for when you just want a cool, repeatable stencil in 5 minutes. It may take you more than 5 minutes to read this, but once you got it down, you can really start cranking out stencils for all sorts of things! I have access to a nice silkscreen machine, but i still use this!
For quick overview the two main tips are:
- Drag your eraser through your outlined text (for quick "stencil-ification")
- Use two colors of spray paint for sharper edges
- Access to a laser cutter
- Vector Software (I use Illustrator, you can use lots of free open-source alternatives too!)
- Spray Paint (Two Colors! I'll explain later!)
- Paper or really thin cardboard (like cereal-box thin)
- Something to spray the stencil onto (A wall, a shirt, a millipede terrarium)
- Tape (I found this nice 3 inch masking tape at Ace Hardware)
Step 1: Create Image
So I have text and a full color image that I got from the internet.
Arrange them how you want in the graphics editor.