June 4, 2023

How To Create A Multi-layered Stencil | Video Tutorial

Over the years I have given this tutorial about 100 times to kids in the shop and now I can tell them to watch the video, because there are actually quite a few steps even though it is very easy. My good friend Kenji Nakayama showed me how to cut multi-layer stencils a long time ago, and without giving away all of his secrets, here’s the Diet Coke Light version. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can download a legal trial version here. As for supplies and what not, Kenji recommends regular computer paper, not pizza boxes or any bullshit like that. This isn’t some crappy scissor cut shit that you slap up on the streets to make a statement, this is some gallery hanging art-type shit. You need a regular thin paper so it doesn’t tear and that way you can get the finest cuts. Also, pick up a cutting mat, and an X-Acto Knife with plenty of blades. Dull blades tear stencils and after cutting for 7 hours you might end up taking the blade to your arm if you tear a stencil. Good luck, be patient and if you get frustrated walk away. This is supposed to be fun, not work!

2 thoughts on “How To Create A Multi-layered Stencil | Video Tutorial

  1. Yeah, I’m not professional or anything but I do a night here and there. It’s a solid program for sure…very easy for beginners.

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