• Stenciling Three Layers is Better Than Five Layers

    Stenciling Three Layers is Better Than Five Layers

    I love three-tone (light, mid-tone, dark) stencil portraits. They capture light and shadow really well, if the original photograph is good. Most people seem to opt for more layers because the preview looks better. But it’s advisable to tune your upload until the three-layer stencil captures the detail you want, and go with that. This […]


  • How to Stencil a QR Code

    How to Stencil a QR Code

    There are all kinds of reasons you might want to stencil a QR code on a surface: Connecting your customers to free Wi-Fi access Transmit your vCard info Scavenger hunts Guiding people in an unfamiliar environment Registration for an event Any place where you want to publicly link to more in-depth information Click here to […]


  • 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 […]


  • What Are Registration Marks, And How Do You Use Them With Stencils?

    What Are Registration Marks, And How Do You Use Them With Stencils?

    When we talk about registration, we’re not talking about signing up for class. We’re talking about making sure that one stencil layer lines up on top of another stencil layer so that you don’t get muddy stencils. When do I need to use registration marks? There are many stencils that you don’t need to register […]


  • 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 […]