Category: Technical Stenciling

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    Use Midjourney to Make a Repeating Wall or Floor Stencil

    You’ve seen high-impact rooms with repeating patterns stenciled on the wall or floor. We generated some repeating interior wall stencils together some time ago. But what about making your own custom pattern? I made a dozen custom patterns in an hour or so with MidJourney version 5. (Remember, we used the AI to generate stencil-ready…

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    How to Paint an Oversize Stencil Using Registration Marks

    In a recent post, we painted a three-panel giraffe to warm you up to multi-panel stencils. Now we’re going to paint a four-panel stencil that uses registration marks on all the corners. It’s easy to follow the video example, but the key steps are shown here. Steps to paint a 3-layer, 4-panel stencil Assuming that…

  • 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). Take this giraffe for example. It’s a good looking-stencil, but with the giraffe’s head smaller than my hand, it’s…

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    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…

  • Frida Kahlo AI generated stencil image

    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 by hand using exact-o blade

    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…

  • wonder woman and callbox stenciled on the wall in various combinations with different surface colors

    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…

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    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…

  • power tabletop laser for cutting stencils

    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…

  • Stencil of a woman's face lifted from craft cutter

    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…