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Kill the DJ
« on: July 27, 2005 09:16:31 AM »

A list of stencil tutorials from all around.  This is intended mostly for those who have a good start, but there is a beginner area.  If you are just starting and have NO IDEA where to go, hit the FAQ sticky on this message board.  It is linked below.

And yes.  Of course I want your help. 

Listings and Updated Tutorial Sites
-There are other sites that, like craftster, are constantly changing or updating.  Here is a quick list of listings and updating sites.
  +www.Stencilrevolution.com: They have excellent tutorial section as well as a tutorial section on their forum.
  +(seethesky; https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44928.0): Seethesky created a listing of 9 tutorials covering an extensive selection of stuff.  All of it will be listed individually according to topic here, but this is the basis.

The Beginner
-If you've never stenciled before, here's some resources to start.
  +The FAQ: the first sticky on the site, if you haven't been there, GO (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17814.0)
  +Bridges and Islands (Seethesky, http://img312.imageshack.us/img312/8726/islands8qc.jpg): an intro to cutting and bridging.  A simpler and shorter version of Prism's listed below.
  +Brush Options (Seethesky; http://img59.echo.cx/img59/1583/brush4uw.jpg): shows some of the options for painting stencils.  Don't forget small edging rollers at your local hardware store, it's what I use.
  +Color Coordination/Inversion (Seethesky; http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/8052/inverting0do.jpg): An introduction on how to decide how to cut your stencil depending on colors.  Reading this is nonessential, but worth a look.
  +Cutting and Bridges (Prism; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/tutorials/tutorialsview.php?id=1): an introduction to cutting and bridging.
  +Cutting Utensils (Seethesky; http://img59.echo.cx/img59/8099/cutting9mh.jpg): shows two options for cutting utencils.  Don't forget about box cutters for cardboard.

  +(flipa; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7637): very thorough but the pictures are down for now.

  +Poster Program (http://www.download.com/Poster/3000-2191_4-10357849.html?tag=lst-0-1); "Create your own posters, banners, and announcements up to 100x100 feet."  If this link doesn't work, simply go to www.download.com and search for "Poster."
  +(toozler; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7695): the Projector method.
  +Copy Store: it can be as simple as getting it blown up at the local copy store.
  +Microsoft Word: Someone help on this one?
  +MS Paint (ynneg, Thanks for the submission!)
    "I don't know about enlarging in Word, but for printing large images on multiple pages you can:
     open the image in mspaint
     go to file > page setup
     from there, you can change your image to FIT TO ?? by ?? pages. (as found in lj streetstencils)
  +MS Excel (thanks, lovesavestheday for the submission)
  "I use ms excel to print large stencils.  Put the picture into excel and expand it.  You can see how many
  pages it will print and adjust the image accordingly."

Finding Stencils - Zombie teeth has made this easy.  Found in the FAQ

Gimp (www.gimp.org)
-Excellent free picture editing software.  Akin to Photoshop, but developed by nerds in their free time.  Don't be confused by the many downloading options.  If you have windows, click on the link to the left that says "Gimp for Windows".  It can become quite complicated, so search the page for tutorials and download the extra help program found on the site.  I personally use this program.

Heat Setting
-One of the last steps in preserving your stencil if it is on fabric.  Some find it necessary, some don't.  The general idea is that you use the heat to seal the paint into the shirt to avoid bleeding, cracking, etc. and preserve the look.  Everyone does it a little differently, but here is the basic way.
  1.  Allow your shirt to dry completely.  Some say a week then heat set, some say as soon as it's dry to the touch.
  2.  Get a dry iron (do not use steam, do not fill with water), turn it to the heat setting appropriate for the fabric the paint is on.  If it's cotton, cotton settings; if it's denim, denim settings.
  3.  Place a thin cloth or paper towel over the painted area.
  4.  Iron.  Time varies, most say 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.  Move it around, don't let it sit in one area for too long.  If you do, it may burn the shirt.
  5.  Turn the shirt inside out, iron again for same amount of time.
  6.  Done.

Livejournal Communities (www.livejournal.com)
-Some are better than others, but they're also places to post pictures and questions and gain feedback.  Please note that these places are almost always less civil than Craftster.
  +StencilXcore (www.livejournal.com/community/stencilxcore): headed up by a member of this community, the kindest LJ stencil comm although with some of the youngest and most inexperienced.  However, before posting regularly you must fill out a simple application, mostly dependent upon your skillz show in pictures, not your answers.  I thoroughly enjoy this community.
  +Stencilry (www.livejournal.com/community/_stencilry): The members are a little higher on the skill rating but a little lower on the brain level.  You're less likely to get in depth feedback in this community and some of the members are just trolls.  It's still a good place to see other people's work.  Worth a look.
  +Stencil Art (www.livejournal.com/community/stencil_art): The best skills, but you get the feeling that the people who post in this community would rather be working on stencils.  A good no frills site.

MS Paint
-A standard Windows operating system painting program.  Find it under Start Menu>Accessories.  Only the most essential of options.
  +I'll be putting more stuff, but give me your tricks!

MS Word
-Most people have this and there are some simple tips and tricks to using it.
  +Printing large images on multiple pages: SOMEONE?
  +Editing in Word: simply select the picture and a format toolbar should come up.  An easier way is to right-click and select "Format Picture" from the droplist.  It contains most options like Crop, resize, placement, etc.  I'd suggest finding a different program to do this, however.
  +(Seethesky; http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/862/word6go.jpg): How to create a single layer black and white stencil picture in word.
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2005 07:21:33 PM »

Sweet! Finish this up while I make it sticky Smiley

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

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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2005 01:37:42 PM »

So... apparently the maximum allowed length for a thread is 10,000 characters (not joking, I hit it), thus the need for Pt 2.  This will simply lop off half of the first one and add it to this since it's in alphabetical order anyways.

PEOPLE.  I've only had one person (ynneg) submit any advice.  Don't be lazy or I cut you.

-Lots of methods, lots of tutorials.
  +(popple; https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17237) Explained very simply with pictures of each step
  +(withremote; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/tutorials/tutorialsview.php?id=6) Again pretty simple, if you have photoshop this'll be a good one for you.  Even if you don't it's fine.

-There are a LOT of paint choices out there.  Also see under spray paint.
  +(Seethesky; http://img59.echo.cx/img59/5594/paint5lv.jpg)
  +Some rules of thumb: use inks that say "textile," "clothing," "fabric" or "screenprinting."
  +If you use acrylics you will need to use a textile medium (See more below under textile medium).
  +I use Jacquard Textile inks.

Photo Editing
-Please refer to Gimp, Photoshop, MS Paint.

-If you're lucky enough to have it, here you go.
  +(Mr. Hopkins; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7929): how to create a very detailed stencil from photoshop.
  +(Prism; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/tutorials/tutorialsview.php?id=4): a way to create a single layer black and white stencil from a color picture.
  +(withremote; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/tutorials/tutorialsview.php?id=6) This is also under "Multi-layer."  Explanation on how to create a few layers with photoshop.
  +(Seethesky; http://img297.echo.cx/img297/631/photoshop6kf.jpg) Great crash course in making a single layer stencil in photoshop.

Preserving Your Stencil
-This applies only to stencils on fabric, and I by stencil I mean the painted area not the design you cut out.  There are three important steps in preservation: drying, heat setting, and washing.
  1.  Drying: the consensus says to let the paint dry for a week before washing.  Before heat setting, people say either until it's dry to the touch or a week.  Find out what works for you.
  2.  Heat Setting: see under Heat Setting topic above.
3. Washing: Again, the consensus says wash 5 days to a week after the paint has dried.  Also, turn the shirt inside out.  Heat set before you wash.

Shirt Making
  +(plush & draft; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/tutorials/tutorialsview.php?id=2): how to create a print for multiple shirts and using it.
  +(Ghostpatrol; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/tutorials/tutorialsview.php?id=7): Step by step how to make a shirt.  Ghostpatrol is one of the best in the biz.
  +(Seethesky; http://img294.echo.cx/img294/5273/stencilingonfabric1eo.jpg): Seethesky's guide.  Simple, straightforward like the rest of her tutorials.
  +(http://ohmystars.net/craft/index.htm): A pretty rough guide.  I'd just use the others.

Splatter Effect (klaim_fx; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10297)
-Quick tutorial on how to make splatter effects with spraypaint.  Check the additional posts on the thread to see what methods other people have used.

Spray Adhesive (tell-tale; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7893)
-The best spray adhesive tutorial I've ever seen.  Even covers safety precautions, residue issues, and questions.  He says that he's never tried with fabric, but I use these instructions for my shirts.
  +Extra Advice: give intricate areas a couple of quick extra sprays.

Spray Paint Purchasing (Spooky; http://www.stencilrevolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10838)
-An excellent discussion on what spraypaints you can purchase for your various needs.  Definitely read through the whole thread.

Stencil Construction
-For lack of a better term, what the stecil is made out of.  Many options.  I'd suggest spray adhesive for most of these.
  +(Seethesky; http://img59.echo.cx/img59/2250/paper1cq.jpg): look at this for most basic options.
  +Here are your options
     = Acetate (thin plastic available at most craft stores; overhead projector sheets; binder seperators)
     = Cardboard: You know what it is.  Warping will occur, just not as badly or as quickly.  Good for street and multiple use, but overspray and bleeding can be a problem.
     = Contact Paper: see Seethesky's advice and here (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=15045.0) in the FAQ
     = Freezer Paper: see Seethesky's advice
     = Manila Folders: Office folders usually with the little tab on top.  A little thicker than posterboard and much thinner than cardboard.  They aren't all necessarily manila, that's just the default name as far as I know.
     = Notebook paper: basically printer and notebook paper.  I would NEVER use this as it will almost certainly bleed through.  Only use if you're screwing around.
     = Posterboard/Cardstock: simply thick paper with a different texture.  Be careful as it will warp due to the paint's moisture.  You can also use any sort of thick paper from an art store, but the same warnings apply
     = Wax Paper: You cannot use wax paper.  While it is similar to contact paper it is waxy on BOTH sides and will ruin your iron. 

Textile Medium
-Textile medium is something added if you simply buy acrylic paints for fabric.  While some say it's unnecessary, the consensus is that you must use it.  It keeps the paint from cracking or fading.  A mixture of 1/2 paint and 1/2 acrylic to 2/3 paint and 1/3 acrylic is common.

-There are a LOT of stencil sites out there.  This will be updated a lot.  Please look under photo editing and Livjournals for additional sites.
  +Stencil Revolution (www.Stencilrevolution.com): the best of the best.  Contains tutorials, photo galleries, artist profiles, a forum, etc.  This is the place where I've seen the very best stencils (PLEASE take a look at logan hicks, timbo, sixten or ghostpatrol).  The forum is pretty bad if you aren't experienced in rough forums.  Be warned that the simplest or most relevant of questions can be met with confusing hostility on one post and brilliance the next.  The best artists are the nicest about answering.  A must see.
  +Threadless (www.threadless.com): a submission and vote based t-shirt company.  Artists and commoners submit designs, then people vote for the ones they like.  Lots of people take their designs from here.
  +Wooster Collective (www.woostercollective.com): an awesome resource to all thing street art.  It frequently strays from stencils as it is about everything street, but has a great headline system and set of links.  Get your street cred here.  Do it.  Do it.

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« Last Edit: August 03, 2005 02:16:46 PM by Kill the DJ » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2005 09:40:47 PM »

I use ms excel to print large stencils.  Put the picture into excel and expand it.  You can see how many pages it will print and adjust the image accordingly.
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2006 03:01:36 PM »

MS Word
+(Seethesky; http://img298.echo.cx/img298/1893/word6ff.jpg): How to create a single layer black and white stencil picture in word.

Thanks for this great thread. Unfortunately, the one link I really need does not work. When you click the link it says "You are not authorized to view this page" (error 403)
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2006 10:22:22 PM »

MS Word
+(Seethesky; http://img298.echo.cx/img298/1893/word6ff.jpg): How to create a single layer black and white stencil picture in word.

Thanks for this great thread. Unfortunately, the one link I really need does not work. When you click the link it says "You are not authorized to view this page" (error 403)

Link fixed, thanks for the heads up.
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2006 06:14:07 PM »

The easiest way to make any picture into a one-layer stencil is to use MS Paint. Paste your picture into Paint, then go to Image>Attributes and select Black and White. Then click Okay, and your picture will turn into a one-layer stencil. Sometimes you may have to edit the image afterwards using the paintbrush or pencil tool. Sometimes you have to start over and erase the background out as it may interfere with the main image you want, ex: if your picture is of a woman in front of a navy blue curtain, you will probably have to edit out the curtain in some way. This has always worked for me when I want to make an image into a stencil.

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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2006 01:46:03 PM »

Here is a new stenciling tutorial from Taelor Richards of Wo! Magazine:

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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2007 02:21:13 PM »

what about stenciling on walls??

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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2007 05:40:20 PM »

what about stenciling on walls??

It works the same as stenciling on anything else, just make sure you're in a very well ventilated area.  Do you have a question about how to do it?  I'll help as much as I can.

This isn't exactly stenciling by definition, I did it with masking tape and spray paint on my living room wall.  There's a bunch of pics and I finally added a link to the video of it.  It may help some https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=34845.0

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