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« on: November 21, 2004 05:15:59 PM »

Hey guys! I'm the new Moderator for the Stenciling category.

I have the power to delete posts, modify them, move them, etc. If you need any help with any of that, send me a PM and I'll be glad to help. Feel free to ask me specific stenciling questions if you like as well.. just don't send me a PM asking "do you have a stencil of an airplane?" or something along those lines.

Rules:
The rules of this forum follow all of the same ones as every other one on craftster. I'd like to add that if you post a finished project or a stencil and the orignal stencil was not your own creation, please post a link to the orignal site to give the artist credit. You wouldn't like people jacking your stuff without giving you credit, would you?

Also, please use the search tool before posting a "Do you have a ______ stencil?"


Frequently Asked Questions:

1.How do I stencil?
Tutorials on site:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10173.0 - Best way to stencil tutorial
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=15045.0 - And another
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17237.0 - A multi-layer stencil tutorial
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12385.msg97866#msg97866 - How to stencil flawlessly.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3225.0 - Basic stencil tut
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44928.0 - Stenciling tutorials


Tutorials off site:
http://www.stencilrevolution.com/tutorials/ - A heap of tutorials by Stencil Revolution
http://ohmystars.net/craft/index.htm - Another one!

2.Where are some sites I can get stencils from?
Stencil sites:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/stencil_swap/ - A Livejournal community
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10782.0 - This post has useful links
http://pumpkins.goateestyle.com/stencils.php - Pumpkin stencils
http://www.pumpkinglow.com/Patterns.htm - More pumpkin stencils
http://www.livejournal.com/community/_stencilry/ - Another Livejournal Community
http://ainfos.de/downloads/schablonen/index.php - A site with political type stencils
http://photobucket.com/albums/v189/_stencils_/ - Tons of cool stencils
http://www.yeesjob.com/silhouette-catalog.htm - Good pictures to use
http://photobucket.com/albums/v432/montapop_stencils/ - More neat stencils
http://www.ballistichelmet.org/zine/tmp/ - This has a bunch of political pictures that look like they could be stenciled by someone who is quite skilled. Anti-bush and anti- war in iraq stuff. Me likey.
http://photobucket.com/albums/v673/star_stencils/ New one! Good stencils here.
http://painting.about.com/cs/stencils/a/freestencils.htm
http://scrapbook.momsbreak.com/Stencil/StencilBlock2.jpg
http://stencilpunx.mattrunningnaked.com/
http://clear.msu.edu:16080/dennie/clipart/
http://www.stencilkingdom.com/index.html
http://www.duncancumming.co.uk/photos.cfm?category=6

3. What are bridges, islands, etc, when you are stenciling?

Many stencils require you to create bridges to islands in the stencil. This allows you to have "floating" sections of a stencil, also known as islands.

Say you want to do a stencil like this:

**Removed picture inactive link** edit 02/23/07 by knitting_nyxxie

You cut out the black. but then you realize the white heart inside falls out, because it isn't connected. To stop this from happening, you make bridges!

Bridges are small pieces of paper, cardboard, that you don't cut when making a stencil to keep the "island" or disconnected piece connected to the main part of the stencil, like so:

**Removed picture inactive link** edit 02/23/07 by knitting_nyxxie

The red areas are bridges. These are the pieces you do not cut and just leave alone. Pretend they are white, and just cut the black out. After you have printed the stencil on something, use a fine point paint brush the fill in where the red pieces or bridges were, so your stencil is whole.

4. Can I make stencils in Paint shop pro? Adobe Photoshop? The Gimp? Microsoft word?

Yes. What I do is change the image to a grayscale and then play with the brightness/contrast until the image is two toned.

5. What kind of paint do I use?
Well for me, I use the cheapo 99 cent tulip fabric paint from walmart. I just use a sponge brush to paint it on. Some people also use a mixture of acryllic paint with a textile medium. The medium makes it so it isn't stiff and won't crack. Another one is Spray paint.

Any more questions, please post below.

*note, this is the old stencil sites and tutorials thread all changed up Smiley



« Last Edit: February 23, 2007 11:01:21 AM by knitting_nyxxie » THIS ROCKS   Logged

Hey guys,
Sorry about all the old broken picture posts. I no longer have the files!

picklechick
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2005 06:42:54 PM »

I have a question. I have done some stencilling before and it always seems to crack or end up not looking professional, is there any type of paint or any way to prevent that? Oh and speaking of paint what are the best paints for stencilling?

Thanks.
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2005 11:27:52 PM »

added.
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Hey guys,
Sorry about all the old broken picture posts. I no longer have the files!

crisco_disco
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2005 05:56:15 AM »

Ahhh..
what happened to the freewebs stencilry site??
is it down for good?

-scared!
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« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2005 06:12:44 AM »

Ahhh..
what happened to the freewebs stencilry site??
is it down for good?

-scared!

I dunno.
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Hey guys,
Sorry about all the old broken picture posts. I no longer have the files!

xstillxherex72
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2005 06:05:27 AM »

thnx so much for the stencilin' sites. help me alot.
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livingin77
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2005 06:33:31 AM »

You should add http://stencilpunx.mattrunningnaked.com/ for us punk rockers.  Lots of bands and politically themed stencils.
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xstillxherex72
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2005 06:44:30 AM »

You should add http://stencilpunx.mattrunningnaked.com/ for us punk rockers.  Lots of bands and politically themed stencils.

it is there, its the 4th from the bottom.
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ynneg
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2005 09:53:14 PM »

Ahhh..
what happened to the freewebs stencilry site??
is it down for good?

-scared!

I dunno.

Is this the site you mean? http://www.freewebs.com/stencilry/
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torilimcadle
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2005 04:01:07 PM »

How do you do sstenciling on Microsoft Word?  I've tried everything I could thin of, but still have no clue. 

Thanks!  (I'm not compatable with computers  Wink)
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