• Spray Paint Caps and Can Pressure for Stencils

    Spray Paint Caps and Can Pressure for Stencils

    So much of what’s known and the standard applications for spray paint materials is obscured by jargon. Here’s a breakdown on caps and can pressures for the rest of us. If you’re in a hurry and just want to know what kind of can and cap to buy to use with your stencil, it’s easy: […]


  • Stencils Don’t Have Color…Only Paint Has Color

    Stencils Don’t Have Color…Only Paint Has Color

    Get the tomatoes stencil. Get the Captain America stencil. Get the rotary phone stencil.


  • What subjects make good stencils?

    What subjects make good stencils?

    What subjects make good stencils, and which ones don’t? Let’s put a pin in a list of bad / good and then talk through some examples. Bad subjects clouds landscapes artistically blurred photos black dogs rainbows and other gradients (unless the rainbows are cartoon rainbows, like this one) overexposed or underexposed shots loose group shots […]


  • Vinyl Sign versus Custom Stencil

    Vinyl Sign versus Custom Stencil

    Custom stencils allow you to make an unlimited number of signs that meet or exceed the specs of a custom vinyl sign, for less money. A custom stencil costs no more than a one-time vinyl sign Vinyl signs are expensive! With vinyl sign construction, you have to do the same things you have to do […]


  • Custom stencils for packaging

    Custom stencils for packaging

    Your small business (or even your large business) can benefit from a quick, professional and efficient way of branding all of your packaging materials. As a small business owner, you appreciate the fast service of companies like Uline. You can take advantage of their array of shipping materials to support a variety of shipping methods. […]


  • Why You Leave Out One Layer When Painting a Multi-Layer Stencil

    Why You Leave Out One Layer When Painting a Multi-Layer Stencil

    When you make a multi-layer stencil, you typically want to get more colors or more tones than you get in a single-layer stencil. But if you use all the stencils and cover all of a rectangular surface area with paint, you end up with something that looks more like a painted postcard than a work […]


  • Using Stencils In Your Original Art

    Using Stencils In Your Original Art

    A stencil from an ordinary image can be pure joy to paint. Reproducing the image on a surface is very satisfying. But is that all you can do with a stencil? Not at all. Artists of all kinds use stencils as a starting point and go far beyond the expression of the original stencil. The […]


  • Interpretative Portraits with Stencils

    Interpretative Portraits with Stencils

    Professional photographers capture the most important and interesting features of a subject. They use framing and lighting and perspective and lens selection to do all that. Some of those creative aspects of a good photograph also come out in a stencil. In particular, when shadows fall just right, those shadows are gold in the stencil […]


  • Customizing Your Stencil

    Customizing Your Stencil

    Is your stencil working for you, or is it just frustrating you? We ship non-overlapping stencils by default, but I’m here to tell you that if you want an overlapping stencil (where the surface is painted twice or more, on subsequent passes) it’s often just a few cuts away. We’ll look at a specific example […]


  • How To Work With the Surface Color

    How To Work With the Surface Color

    You may remember that we often want to leave out one of the layers of a stencil in order to let the surface show through and to keep our stencil work from looking like a giant post card. In this post we ask the question, ‘How do you work with the surface you have?’ We’ll […]