Category: Stenciling at Home

  • Let’s Stencil…Santa Claus

    Let’s Stencil…Santa Claus

    A perennial holiday favorite, Saint Nicholas makes a great stencil because he is reproducible with just black, white and red paint. If you want to splurge on some reindeer, you’ll need some brown, and if you want to put colored presents in his sack you’ll maybe need a splash of blue or green. Straight up […]

  • Spray Paint Stencils for Interior Walls

    Spray Paint Stencils for Interior Walls

    Don’t be afraid to use spray paint inside! That’s the take-away here, honestly. These stencils have really cool effect on interior walls. If you watch the video, you’ll get a kick out of how much fun it can be to experiment with spray paint. Although it’s in virtual reality, I urge you to take the […]

  • Sure Cuts a Lot : Import SVGs from Bay Stencil for Perfect Multi-layer Stencils

    Sure Cuts a Lot : Import SVGs from Bay Stencil for Perfect Multi-layer Stencils

    With dozens of capable craft cutters on the market, we’re fortunate that one application can support so many of them. Whether you have a Brother ScanNCut or a discontinued KNK Zing or one of the oh-so-capable Silver Bullet line, you can use Sure Cuts a Lot to cut your perfect stencil. If you start with […]

  • Use Lightburn to cut Bridged SVG Stencils from Bay Stencil

    Use Lightburn to cut Bridged SVG Stencils from Bay Stencil

    Just a few years ago, it was impossible to imagine that laser cutters would be so fast, so accurate and so inexpensive that you can have one in your garage or craft room. And yet, here they are. You may have opted for an industry-leading Epilog Laser. Or you may have bought in at a […]

  • Making Stencils with Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait

    Making Stencils with Silhouette Cameo or Silhouette Portrait

    The Cameo and Portrait from Silhouette are familiar fixtures on the craft cutting scene. The lightweight, portable Portrait is controlled by the same software as the larger and more capable Cameo: Silhouette Studio. But Silhouette Studio is licensed software, and both cutters can also be drive by Silhouette Go on an iPad or the same […]

  • Make a Stencil for Cricut using Bay Stencil and Cricut Design Space

    Make a Stencil for Cricut using Bay Stencil and Cricut Design Space

    The Cricut line of machines is amazing. For a few hundred bucks, you can put an iPad-controlled industrial-grade CNC cutter in your craft room or garage. The Cricut Explore series, and the Cricut Maker are simply excellent tools for cutting stencils out of any suitable stencil material, including vinyl, mylar, or card stock. Bay Stencil […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Stencil Tessellations Cover a Surface

    Stencil Tessellations Cover a Surface

    A tessellation is just an arrangement of shapes that cover an entire surface in a repeating pattern without any gaps. The most common example of a tessellation is just repeating squares. You’ve also seen hexagons used to tile a surface, too, I’ll bet. But you don’t have to stop with simple polygons like squares and […]

  • Making a Wall of Faces

    Making a Wall of Faces

    Make a wall of faces for your organization. It’s not as hard as it looks! Start with a blank wall. It’s probably easiest if the surface is white or nearly white. For each person, You will only paint the mid-tone and dark layers for each face. For each face, isolate the person’s face and features […]