I’ve been exploring the wonderful world of stencils lately and experimented with creating my own.  Now I know you can purchase fancy equipment to create custom stencils but they are veeeerrrryyyy expensive and I wanted to try and make a stencil with what I had in the studio already.

Well I started thinking about creating a stencil from paper – remember making those gorgeous paper snowflakes – so ran with the idea and made a few “snowflakes” and other “cut-paper” stencils.  My fave turned out to be the snowflake with circles punched out.

So basically I folded my paper into a small triangle and punched out circles with my hand punch.  This made a great pattern when I unfolded it and looked amazing overlaying another stencil.

There are a few limitations with paper stencils and I’ll have a full article on stencils in an upcoming issue of The Polymer Studio.  Keep a look out.

 

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Great use of stencils. I cut mine from Tyvek envelopes which are really tough.

pauline purdum
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If you use polypropylene like document /protectors, covers, and cut it or punch out designs, you can use them over and over, even wash paint or other mediums off them

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Donna L Wood

I never thought about using snowflakes. What a simple idea, that I never would have thought of.
Thanks for an awesome tip.

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Joey B

Awesome idea. Why didn’t I think of it? Because I’m not Debbie! Seriously, thank you for that little lightbulb moment!

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Hi Debbie, Sounds like a great idea. I have always liked stencils and did many interiors of homes with professional stencils with anywhere from 2-4 overlays. When I did my stencils you would think they were hand painted as I used a great deal of shading. I did quite a few homes and really enjoyed it, however when I developed arthritis I was unable to get up on a ladder. I still have many of these expensive stencils and some that cost close to a $100. I also love working with Polymer Clay especially flowers. I also make indoor fairy… Read more »

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