At the TEMPTU PRO showroom we get quite a few requests for custom stencils. Many times though, these stencils are easy enough for artists to make on their own, with a few simple tools. Here is an easy step by step way to make your own custom stencil designs.
1. First you will need to buy clear Acetate or Frisket, which can be purchased at most art stores. Most people use Acetate to protect artwork or make overheard transparencies. Frisket, on the other hand, has an adhesive, so you can adhere your design to the skin or any other surface. You will also need an X-Acto knife and something you can cut the stencil on so you will not damage anything underneath.
2. You can then draw your design onto the acetate or frisket or you can print the design using a laser printer. You will need to draw using a permanent marker, so be sure you are careful, since you cannot erase.
3. When creating your design, remember any negative space within the image must always connect with negative space on the outside of the
image. Leave a millimeter sized bridge connecting the two.
4. Now you are ready to cut out your design with the X-Acto knife. Again, be sure you use a cutting board or cardboard, as to not harm any surfaces with the knife. If you are using Frisket, you will peel off the back sheet so you can place your stencil on the skin with the adhesive on the back.
And now you have your custom stencil!
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