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How to make a stenciled graffiti piece.
I just love M.I.A., and I saw this image and knew I had to do something. So fun and easy, its almost common sense... unless you suck at photoshop.

Posted by Robert T. from Tampa, Florida, United States • Published
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  • How to paint a stencilled painting. M.I.A. Graffiti - Step 1
    Step 1

    Find a photo that you think will be real fun to stencil.
    Like this one

  • How to paint a stencilled painting. M.I.A. Graffiti - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make sure you get the correct colors. Unfortunately, i didn't have purple, and when i took these photos, I really did the face in black.

  • How to paint a stencilled painting. M.I.A. Graffiti - Step 3
    Step 3

    Alright, so now you need some time of photo editing software where you can edit the photo, take away color, dodge away, and make it like this. If you have no idea what you're doing, contact me and I can make it for you!

    Make sure there is no close offs, where black connects and creates a white island (like her face would be an island if there wasn't that bridge connecting to her neck).

    Here, i edited out where it said M I A in Metallica font so I could spray it a different colour.

  • How to paint a stencilled painting. M.I.A. Graffiti - Step 4
    Step 4

    I only used two separate stencils. Make sure they are the same size so that they fit like a puzzle.

  • How to paint a stencilled painting. M.I.A. Graffiti - Step 5
    Step 5

    Next, after you print them out, Start cutting! cut out only black, because cutting out white would be pointless and ruin things. :)

  • How to paint a stencilled painting. M.I.A. Graffiti - Step 6
    Step 6

    Find a place to spray, A garage, back yard, just not inside people. Thats asking for lung problems!

  • How to paint a stencilled painting. M.I.A. Graffiti - Step 7
    Step 7

    Be sure to put some things on your papers to way it down. The more room under the spaces where you cut, the more it bleeds out, giving it a foggy look.

  • How to paint a stencilled painting. M.I.A. Graffiti - Step 8
    Step 8

    Peel away and Voila!

    Yeah, I did silver triangles as well.

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tarrah.
tarrah. · California, California, US · 8 projects
heyyy do you have the picture? x]
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Jessi T.
Jessi T.
=3 very nice ! =D
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Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1398 projects
Yay MIA is great and your stencil looks awesome!
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