Category: Technical Stenciling

  • How To Make Oversize Stencils on your Craft or Laser Cutter

    How To Make Oversize Stencils on your Craft or Laser Cutter

    You downloaded the nifty SVG stencils for Halloween or your favorite band. And you can cut them at up to 12″ x 24″ on your Cricut if you have the extra-long mat (and extra-long stencil material). That’s pretty good. But what if you want to stencil something that people will look at outside, at greater […]

  • 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 […]

  • Use MidJourney to generate stencil-ready art

    Use MidJourney to generate stencil-ready art

    You’ve seen AI-generated art, whether you know it or not. Marketers have been using it to generate ‘composite’ faces for years. You, know, that guy who looks like Tom Cruise with a little bit of Matt Damon mixed in? The combination seemed just a little too real. Anyhow, those same tools are available to everybody […]

  • Removing Extra Bridges from a Stencil

    Removing Extra Bridges from a Stencil

    You paint a stencil with bridges in it, and everything is cool until you get to the darkest layer, and WOW—those bridges really stand out. They stand out because the surface under the bridge is white, and when you paint black next to white, the contrast is really distracting. Take this example of an image […]

  • How to Paint any Stencil on Any Surface Using Just Black and White Paint

    How to Paint any Stencil on Any Surface Using Just Black and White Paint

    Today’s Bay Stencil Challenge was to paint any stencil on any surface using just black and white paint. So we chose some color stencils like Wonder Woman and the Police Call Box, and we put them up on light- and dark-colored surfaces, as well as a bright red surface. We practiced with these stencils, learned […]

  • Filling In Gaps Left by Bridges

    Filling In Gaps Left by Bridges

    Most stencils need to have at least a few bridges. Without bridges, the islands in the stencil just fall out when you cut them. And when you paint a stencil with bridges, there are going to be gaps in the paint where the bridges were. You can address this by eliminating the bridges in the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Vector Files for Stencil Cutting

    Vector Files for Stencil Cutting

    If you’re cutting a stencil by hand, it doesn’t matter whether you have a vector or a raster file. But when you cut with a machine (like a Cricut or a Silhouette Cameo), you definitely want a vector file. For many of these machines, it’s possible to upload a raster file to their design program, […]

  • 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: […]