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For carrying them around, u can use the manilla folder trick, but also get a normal (uncut folder) and put the stencil folder in it, this way it'll look like your carrying a folder, and won't get paint on you, plus if they ask u to open it, it just looks like a folder :lol: It mite help to put something in it... or not

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at walmart there is something in the stencil section of the art supplies that is blank for you to cut what ever you want out of it... but my question is is any one else having trouble cutting stencils i know i am its like i want to cut a stencil of a face and theres spots that if i cut will make it miss sections. any ideas on how to cut i know an art teacher once told me that some times you need to use two stencils for just on imaige. any one else agree?

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banksy.co.uk is a dope site. personally i use bristol paper for my stencils. photo paper is expensive in that it is difficult to rack, but you can get 100 sheets of rc paper fpr $25.

and im not really down with the exacto. i use olfa, or utility knives. with those you can break the tip off when it gets dull and keep on cutting, no hassle of getting blades.

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I started off making stencils using cardboard and a box cutter. What works best, I've found now is a small blade (I use and Xacto #11) and plain manila folders. I tried hat stencil plastics and it was just way too weak for any good detail. Just like any type of graff it's all about practice and developing your own style.

 

I think the best stencils are the ones that are just as much about location as the stencil itself.

 

Post some stencil flicks!

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multi-layered stencils are definitely helpful if you find yourself cutting out more intricate designs. start with your most abundant color. then go to your secondary color (if any) then highlights, shadows, and you should always end it off with the outline/fine detail so that it doesn't get covered up by your larger areas of color. if you have parts that aren't going to work.... just connect them to your negative space somehow. i find it very helpful to draw a frame on whatever surface i'm cutting, that way everything will be linked to the sides and the stencil will stay pretty sturdy.. and you will always have a place to connect something to. you can go into some crazy details with single layer stencils if you plan em out right.. but i'm not going to give away all the secrets. they just come to you with practice.

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I love stencils. I go to an art (high) school and there are a shitload of graffers and stencil artists. I started doing some stencils myself, and when i start getting them up (the good ones) i show flicks. I personally use manila folders, and a #11 X-Acto blade. Since i kno manilas wont last forever, i will usually put two on top of each other and tape the sides so it wont slide. Also i spray glue and mount an image i do on paper onto the folder so its easier to cut (instead of drawing right on, you have a guide in case you want to outline the drawing onto more manilas.) After i finish cutting, the paper is fairly easy to remove without the paper ripping or anything.

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ok this is all nice and i understand how you cut it and everything... but what about like.. the little pieces in the middle? how do those stay there? like the pieces that arent attached to the frame...

Draw the whole thing out first and everything you want to cut out colored in black, then try to make all the black connected. Then figure out what parts will fall away if you dont put a small gap in the line. For example, an eyeball: Instead of cutting out the whole circle "O", cut it like this "( )" , if you catch my drift. Then you can even add a little pupil attached to one of the lines or whatever. Just look at it, think of negative space and figure it out. Its not that difficult once you get used to it.

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if you can't figure it all out, and it's causing such a fuss.. just cut out a circle in a seperate sheet of whatever you're using, and paint that onto what you've already got... i'm sure you'll figure it out though.. and while the topic of supplies is up.. i haven't seen many people mention contact paper (maybe they have, but i'm rarely online anymore)... just lay some of that over top of what you're cutting your stencil out of.. and you have a nice waterproof layer over the top.. resulting in a longer lasting stencil.. that's not the only use though.. mess around with that and see what you can come up with... i also like the heavy duty swivel knives.. mmmmmmmm... you get some sexy curves with that blade...

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