3 Free Stenciling Tutorials + How to Make Stencils

Stencil art is currently undergoing a lively renaissance. You’ll see stencils in home décor, packaging, jewelry, graphic design, clothing, accessories, and more. Mixed-media and graffiti artists are taking stenciling to the level of fine art, and we have the graffiti industry to thank for innovative pressurized paint products, custom spray caps, and trendy stencils. But you can also make your own stencils, and one of the many advantages of cutting your own is being able to reproduce your favorite motifs and original designs in any size you want.

In this eBook, you’ll learn it all, from how to make a stencil, and how to layer stencils, to stencil tips and techniques for best results. Discover what stencils can do for you with the help of this free download.


Download these Stenciling Ideas!

Four artists share their secrets to creating each of these amazing wearable art projects.

If you’ve wondered how to make a stencil, how to use stencils in your art, or just want a little creative exploration, this eBook is for you.

Along with this free guide to making art stencils and stencil techniques, you’ll discover pages and pages of expert instruction and helpful tips to help you be successful from the start. And, with your free membership to the Cloth Paper Scissors community, you’ll have the help and support of thousands of mixed-media artists of all abilities. What are you waiting for? Download the entire free collection, join the community, and let the fun begin.

Art to Wear Clothing Article #1: Wear Your Art Out by Bianca Mandity

Tutorial #1:

The Workshop: Get Your Stencil On by Linda Blinn

Using bold graphics and step-outs, Linda explains how to use stencils with art supplies to create feathered edges, layered backgrounds, and mixed-media motifs, with a special section on cutting stencils.

DIY Cuff Bracelet Article #2: Paint n Stitch Cuffs Wrist Wearables by Mandy Russell

Tutorial #2:

Stencil & Stamp Synergy inspired by the Farmer’s Market by Lisa Thorpe

When Lisa was asked to be a judge at a pumpkin-carving festival, she decided to create an appropriate t-shirt to wear. She carved up an E-Z Cut block and used acetate to create custom stencils for color blocking, and a fun farmers’ market series was born.

Mixed-Media Necktie Crafts Article #3: From Necktie to Necklace by Jacque Kudner

Tutorial #3:

Texture & Layers with Paint and Stencils by Lisa Kesler

Lisa’s mixed-media artwork incorporates a richly textured surface, achieved with painting, stencils, found objects, and colored pencil highlights.

What are you waiting for? Take these stenciling tips and techniques and let your imagination run wild!

It’s really amazing what you can do with stencils. You can use them in the traditional sort by applying color inside a cut out shape; create a masking effect where you paint around the stencil; or by layering. You’ll learn how to do all three and how to take them to the next level with this free download. Plus you’ll also learn:

  • Foiling on adhesive stencils
  • How to make your own stencil
  • Tips for painting stencils
  • How to layer stencils

Learn how to use thrift shop store finds to make beautiful works of art.