Handmade Stencils are Perfect Pattern Makers
Making your own stencil can be pretty simple, and it allows you to create some dynamic patterns. Start with a desired design and secure it under a piece of acetate or thin plastic from a see-through presentation folder with tape. Cut out your design over a self-healing mat with a sharp X-ACTO knife and a steady hand. If some of the angles on your design are straight, use a straight edge to help make a clean cut. If necessary, fix any cutting mistakes with tape.
Now use your handmade stencil design as a stepping stone to make-unique, one-of-a-kind stencil patterns. You can pencil in your stencil design on paper and use your X-ACTO knife to cut out the design. In our example, a simple triangle stencil was used to cut out multiple triangles from a variety of coordinating scrapbook papers. They were then glued onto a painted canvas and arranged randomly to make a multi-faceted diamond pattern.
If you're making your stencil for painting purposes, the best way to try and get a clean line is to use a foam or “pouncer” brush and dab the paint inside your stencil in a stippling fashion. Also, make sure your brush is not loaded with too much paint. This will help ensure that paint doesn’t get under the edge of your stencil.
A stencil can be a handy tool to create your own custom patterns and designs. The best part is that, with just a few supplies, they are easy enough to create yourself.