Handmade Stencils are Perfect Pattern Makers

Handmade Stencils are Perfect Pattern Makers

Making your own stencil can be pretty simple, and it allows you to create some dynamic patterns. Start with a desired design and secure it under a piece of acetate or thin plastic from a see-through presentation folder with tape. Cut out your design over a self-healing mat with a sharp X-ACTO knife and a steady hand. If some of the angles on your design are straight, use a straight edge to help make a clean cut. If necessary, fix any cutting mistakes with tape.

Now use your handmade stencil design as a stepping stone to make-unique, one-of-a-kind stencil patterns. You can pencil in your stencil design on paper and use your X-ACTO knife to cut out the design. In our example, a simple triangle stencil was used to cut out multiple triangles from a variety of coordinating scrapbook papers. They were then glued onto a painted canvas and arranged randomly to make a multi-faceted diamond pattern.

If you're making your stencil for painting purposes, the best way to try and get a clean line is to use a foam or “pouncer” brush and dab the paint inside your stencil in a stippling fashion. Also, make sure your brush is not loaded with too much paint. This will help ensure that paint doesn’t get under the edge of your stencil.

A stencil can be a handy tool to create your own custom patterns and designs. The best part is that, with just a few supplies, they are easy enough to create yourself.