Stencils Don’t Have Color…Only Paint Has Color

True or false: stencils have color.

False! The paint has the color, not the stencil. I painted three stencils each of which was color separated in a different way on I painted a tomato, a captain america and a telephone to show you how the color separation affects how you finally use the stencil once you cut it.

captain america stencil

In stenciling, the paint is either blocked or not blocked by the stencil. The stencil adds no color. Only the paint has color.

Check out the video below to see how the different interpretations with different colors (including black and white) came out.

Get the tomatoes stencil.

Get the Captain America stencil.

Get the rotary phone stencil.