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Here is a quick and simple tutorial for making your own stencils.
Tom likes Placebo, so I made him a stencilled t-shirt for Christmas.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1114 projects »
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  • How to stencil a stenciled artwork. Stencilling Tutorial - Step 1
    Step 1

    The first step is to pick and image with relatively simple shapes that will look good as a stencil.

  • How to stencil a stenciled artwork. Stencilling Tutorial - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using photoshop, or a similar image editing program, adjust the levels until there is a strong of a contrast between the light and dark areas of the image.

  • How to stencil a stenciled artwork. Stencilling Tutorial - Step 3
    Step 3

    Remove the background and any complex areas of the image that you don't want.

  • How to stencil a stenciled artwork. Stencilling Tutorial - Step 4
    Step 4

    De-saturate the image so that it is black and white and then play with the levels until the image is mostly pure black and pure white.

  • How to stencil a stenciled artwork. Stencilling Tutorial - Step 5
    Step 5

    Print out the image on to a thick card.

  • How to stencil a stenciled artwork. Stencilling Tutorial - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut out the black areas using a stanley knife. Use discretion if the black area will cut out a white area.

  • How to stencil a stenciled artwork. Stencilling Tutorial - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use acrylic, or fabric paint, to paint the stencil on to a flat piece of fabric.

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mcrvampire55
mcrvampire55
Thank you so much. I want to use stencils for some projects I have in mind, but I never knew wether to cut out the black or the white, lol.
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Luna's acesorios Lucii desu(L)
when you remove the mold is it sticky???
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dominic d.
dominic d.
Brian Molko from Placebo! <3 How did the desing end up?
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EmoxiTa [♥]
EmoxiTa [♥] · San Diego, California, US
yu dnt need photoshop or gimp..
picnik has this effect and its for free on tha internet
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Smiles
Smiles
Wow where does it ever end! I know it won't and I think that is why I and others just love crafting. I never come here and not see something new to learn. Really nice work! Loved it all! I am pretty new! I am looking for friends. Would you please be my friend? Later, Lisa
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JennJennJenn
JennJennJenn · Springfield, Missouri, US
Is that avi?
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Riechan
Riechan · Limbourg, Walloon Region, BE · 21 projects
what's discretion, I looked it up but the're telling me something about crime and justice ...

thanks for the tut !!
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Grace D
Grace D · London, GB · 83 projects
Ohh yay-I doing a project on Bansky and going to do his logo as a stencil thank you for the great idea Cat!!
Grace xx
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Poppa
Poppa · Manchester, England, GB · 3 projects
Brian looks awesome as a stencil. :O
How cleanly did the finished result turn out?

Nice job!
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cat c.
cat c.
try downloading gimp shop, the same as photoshop pretty much but free! Google it.
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