Multilayer color realistic stenciling isnât all quick and easy. Sure, you can crank one out in an hour, but it takes time and practice to be able to repeat the process and know how to tweak it for each different stencil.
In this instructable, I will attempt to show you your optionsâ¦from image sources, to differing outputs, and all in between.
Although this is an attempt at a comprehensive stencil tutorial, this is still my methods, my individual knowledge, and my perspective. So, Iâm sure that many others will have input and direction that differs. There are many before me that have done a great job with their instructions, and I thought I should give mine.
This is kind of a struggle for me, because I feel like it is perhaps giving away some of my âsecretsâ, well methods, but still ive spent pleanty of time perfecting my technique and giving it up isnât that easy, but thatâs how we all progress isnât it?
1 donât be convinced that everything I say is magic, steps will work differently for
different images, the best way to find out is just to try.
2 if you prefer a different method, thatâs great, this is for community learning, no one is
saying these are the best or only methods.
3 feel free to let me know how you feel about these techniques, and how they turn out. I
donât assume to know it all, and would be grateful to learn from you too.
Let the learning begin!
Step 1: The Plan
First, decide the image that you want to paint. The possibilities are endless so you may need some direction. For me stencils are location specific, so I have to find the right place before I make the stencils. Perhaps you just want to slap them up everywhere, in that case just decide on your imagery. Once you have a subject in mind, you have multiple options.
1- hand draw an image.
2- Find photographs/images online
3- Take your own photos
If you hand draw your image you have to keep in mind how a line drawing translates to a stencil. If you are new to the process I would suggest just finding an image. With thick lines itâs easy to convert a drawing to a one color line image, but I prefer multi layers.
If you CAN take your own images, DO IT! I know itâs easy to just snag one off the web, but come on donât be lazy. When making art, and I consider stenciling a form of art, its best to use your own source material. You can take the perfect image and have many to choose from, and never worry about copyrights. Digital cameras are more than easy to come by these days anyway.
If for some reason you cant take your own image, for instance you want to stencil a penguin and there doesnât happen to be a penguin hanging around your house at the time, use the Internet. I prefer a search like âGoogle Imagesâ. Places like this give you the option to search by image size. Pick âlarge images onlyâ from the dropdown at the top. This will eliminate the possibility (and probability) of you getting images with a resolution lower than you can use. Sometimes you can get away with the âmedium imagesâ and even small, but I would search the large first.