Stencil 101: Make Your Mark with 25 Reusable Stencils and Step-by-Step Instructions
Author: Ed Roth
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Chronicle Books has published another wonderful craft title with Stencil 101. The author, Ed Roth, is a graphic designer based in Brooklyn, where he founded the graffiti art-inspired Stencil1 design company. Stencil 101 is a collection of Roth’s favorite designs, from urban to delicate and feminine.
The book contains a brief history of stenciling, tips on how to stencil, and suggestions for materials based on the project you would like to make. Projects inside include a wall, t-shirts, a dresser, a lamp shade, sneakers, a pillowcase, and a window. The wall project is one of the best for beginners, as it is a large, flat surface, but all of the projects are easy enough even for those new to the craft. My favorite project is a cake, using cocoa powder or sugar to “paint” with! I also like the greeting card project, easily created using store bought blank cards. Both are great ways to personalize a birthday, holiday, or any other celebration! The pillowcase project is also a fun one, which can be a fun weekend DIY project to liven up your bedroom décor.
The twenty-five reusable stencils come in a wide range of designs, from swallows to an owl with a moon to a poodle and even a sumo wrestler! After using the stencils, simply clean them off and store them in the handy pocket at the end of the book, ready for your next project. The stencils are mostly large and would be best for bigger canvas projects, but there are a handful of smaller stencils.
The best tip in this book is to remember there are no rules to stenciling. “If you have something to say, say it with stencils.”
And to help you say what you have on your mind, I’ll be giving a copy away to one lucky reader! To enter, just leave a comment on this post by May 3rd and let me know which of the projects mentioned in the review you will be doing first. The winner will be notified by email.
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