Introduction: Multi-Layer Stencilling at Home

Hi Guys!

This guide shows you how to make screen-printing-like at home! This is a very cool technique used to make the same painting or poster a few times. This is very similar to making stencils with industrial machines.

A very good example of screen printing is Marilyn Monroe's Diptych by Andy Warhol. I like this diptych very much and wanted to make one of my own at home, using home-found materials.

So here are a few steps for you to make your own screen-printing-like paintings!

Have fun!


1. 4 x picture or something you would like to draw, printed on paper

2. 4 x canvases (you can choose any number you'd like)

3. 4 x acrylic colors (preferably 1 dark tone, 1 mid-tone, and 2 light tones)

4. 1 Medium flat painting brush

5. 3 x plastic dividers

6. 1 Utility knife

7. 1 sponge

8. A surface that might get messy a bit (such as cardboard)

Step 1: Paint the Canvases With Base Color

So after you gathered everything and chose your favorite picture to draw, it is time to get started.

First, we need to paint all the canvases with a base color. I recommend choosing light colors, each for one canvas.
Take the flat brush and paint each canvas with one color for your choosing. Make sure to cover all the canvas, including the edges. A thin layer may be enough, just make sure it's fully covered with the color.

Let dry for approximately 15 minutes, or until fully dried.

Step 2: Carving #1

While our canvases are drying, pick one of the printed pictures, a plastic divider, and the utility knife.

In this step and the next two, we are making stencils out of plastic dividers. Cool, right?

For starters, place the picture onto the plastic divider, making it on top of one another. If it helps, you can tape one to another to prevent the stencil to move while carving.

The first carving is very easy and simple. Look at the layout of the picture you chose. I chose the picture of three beers. Therefore I looked at the layout of the three beers (all-together) and carved out the layout, using (carefully) the utility knife.

Step 3: Carving #2

Now, after we carved the basic layout of our picture, we need to get into details. Look at the picture you have. Choose large details that need to be a part of our painting. Those are the details that define the inner picture, so make sure you choose to carve enough.

Notice! The details you are carving OUT will be painted. Everything you don't carve, will not be painted, therefore the layout should not be carved out. Imagine if this was a black and white negative-picture (I edited my picture in to make it black and white, to help me choose what to carve-out).

Step 4: Carving #3

Last but not least, we are making our 3rd stencil.

Now you need to choose the specific details that define your picture. Mostly it is inner details and more delicate to carve, so watch out while carving.

Step 5: Time to Paint! 1st Stencil

Now that our canvases are all dried up, and we have our stencils, we watch the magic happen.

For this step, you will need the dark, mid, and light-tone colors, sponge, the canvases and the stencils.

Take one canvas, and the first stencil we made.

1. Place the stencil over the canvas.

2. Hold the stencil with one hand (or place tape on it)

3. Slightly dip the sponge in the dark-color and pat the stencil onto the canvas, mostly on the un-covered places.

4. After finished, carefully remove the stencil from the canvas. Watch out not to smudge some color onto the canvas.

Do this step for all the canvases you have. Let dry for approximately 15 minutes, or until fully dried.

Step 6: 2nd and 3rd Stencil

After the canvases are dried up, we repeat the previous step but now with the second stencil, we made with a slight change. Now choose the mid-color to paint the stencil.

Place the second stencil onto the canvas, make sure it is right in place (in the position that will create the image you'd like).

After dried, place the 3rd stencil making sure it is in place, pick the light-tone color you pocked earlier and repeat the previous step.

Do this for all other canvases as well. If there are tiny spots this is just fine! This what makes it special and yours!

Step 7: Done!

Now we just need everything to dry up.

There you go! You made your first stencil-made picture, way to go!

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial.