Sponge It, Spray It! Quick, Easy Wall Stencils | Leitha Matz | Skillshare

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Sponge It, Spray It! Quick, Easy Wall Stencils

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6 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. No More Boring Walls!

    • 2. The Pros: Hyland Mather & Mando Marie

    • 3. Create Your Design

    • 4. The Materials You Need

    • 5. Let's Paint!

    • 6. Last Thoughts

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About This Class

Why live and work with boring walls? Stencils are a quick and easy way to transform a blank wall into a work of art. In this class, I’ll show you the right way to make a wall-sized stencil that gives you stunning results.

In this class, we'll get inspired by stencil-based street art and pick out a few great moves that you can use for your own projects.

You'll have all the know-how you need to create your own wall stencil for use in your home, office or neighborhood!

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Leitha Matz



I work as the head of product at a startup, but when I'm not at the office, I'm always making things of my own. I especially love illustrating, writing and design.

Here at Skillshare, I usually focus on creating classes in printing -- everything from stencils to woodblock.

I find printmaking inspiring because anyone can quickly start making successful prints with very few tools. It really opens the doors to producing a vision of your own on all kinds of materials: t-shirts, walls, stationery, stickers and so much more.

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1. No More Boring Walls!: Hi. I'm late on a teacher classes here. It skill share in printing today I'm gonna be talking about stencils and you can use stencils to make something small, like this tote bag or something big like this wall. A wall size stencil like this is a great way to make a big impact on a surface. We'll look at some examples of real life stencils that you see out in the wild, like on the walls here in Berlin, as well as from artists from around the world. I'm gonna show you some professional artists who were doing stencils. And also, I'm gonna show you how easy it is to do wall stencils in your home or office or on the streets in your neighborhood. Stencils are really fast, easy and cheap to get started with. So you can do something very basic or you can go professional. So let's get going with designing your own stencil and thinking about your own walls and what you can do with them 2. The Pros: Hyland Mather & Mando Marie: while I was hunting Percentile Street art for this video, I ran into two artists from Amsterdam who were in the middle of a wall installation and said, This is a great opportunity to see professionals at work. So what you're doing here is layering on detail. Mandy's bringing her stencils across this way. Shape piles across this way will blend together. That's great. And this is work that you're doing Azan Art Project or a volunteer project way Have gallery exhibitions right now. J R Gallery here. Wait a few days left over so urban nation asked us to come in pain. They're awesome organization in Berlin. So thought that was a great idea. Fantastic. Mento let me record her while she worked. Watch the short, precise spray burst said she moves across the stencil. - These folks are both on Instagram, so you can check out Highland Mother at the Lost object and Nando Marie at See you through it 3. Create Your Design: when you have an idea to design your stencil, the things we need to keep in mind, our simplicity is your friend. So if you look at these two images, there's a few different reasons why this be image really isn't going to be a good stencil. For one thing, it's got a transparent wing area for another thing, there's a lot of little lines to cut out, and then certainly you've got multiple colors to deal with, so I would recommend if it's your first stencil, you go with something a little more simple, like the llama that you see on the right hand side, this very simple shape of a docks. And this is kind of perfect for this sort of project, especially as you get going. This little robot would be just fine, but you'll see that there are a few places here that you would need to do in two layers. Those things will be noticeable when you start doing your cut out, because it's going to be cut away when you do your black shape, so you would need to do all these little interior white parts on a second layer. I may go with something like this Tyrannosaurus rex. But that is also two layers. Something really complicated like this cut out is certainly possible. But again, it's going to be more of a challenge For your first time. When I went to do this Hippo, I was inspired by this little chocolate wrapper. So I drew the hippo out FREEHAND. And whether you flip it back or for that kind of doesn't matter with this little hippo. But it certainly would matter if you were using texture numbers. So now I'm gonna go through the cutting process and this I'm gonna have on double speed so that you can watch it really fast. But the key features of doing the actual cut up process of your stencil are Make sure that your fingers are out of the way and make sure that your surfaces solid is what I have Here is a print out of the explosion, and I am going to cut out the areas within. This is actually gonna be a two color print that I'm doing on plastic. And the next video we'll look at the supplies that you need to get going with your stencil project 4. The Materials You Need: what you have, a design that you're happy with. You need to get it onto a surface, and there's a variety of services that you can use. For this theory, Easiest is probably just a piece of printer paper, so this is a docks and that I have cut out of a piece of printer paper, and it's probably good for, like, maybe one or two stencils. It's not gonna hold up for very much, but it's very easy to cut, and in fact, you can print on it in a printer and get exactly the form that you need. So those are the advantages. Another way to do it that's a little more durable is a piece of like cardboard or card stock. This is a pretty heavyweight piece of card stock, and cutting through this will be a little bit more effort. But it's gonna last longer. And so I would recommend that if you're doing multiples, the thing that's gonna last the longest for you is plastic. So this is a lighter weight plastic, one that's used for overheads. I remember these from when I was in elementary school. We had overhead plastic that the teacher would write on and throw things up on the screen. I think kids are now using computers for this, but the plastic is still available at places like you know, Staples or or Amazon or Office Depot or supply stores like that. So you can see that I've cut out design on this design would be one layer of the stencil. This circle would be the background layer. And so it takes just a little bit more effort to get an Exacto knife through here. But again, this is gonna hold up for, ah lot of prints on so you can use it for it by being a more sponging or whatever you're going to be using for your stencil application. So if you're doing while paint and you are sponging it on, I might recommend going to your hardware store and looking for the little sample sizes that they have. You can get some really interesting colors that are, you know, maybe not your standard red, yellow blue. They're also priced a little more cheaply so you can do some experimentation with the colors. Now, of course, thespian paints are now coming in Ah, lot of different colors as well I just have black here. What you're gonna find is that thes days spray pain is even being marketed to people who are doing street art, whereas it used to be vandalism. Nowadays it's accepted and used as commissioned work. You'll also need a few other materials. I use masking tape, and if I'm doing sponging, I use just a old kitchen sponge. And, of course, you can use gloves if you want to protect your fingers from the over spray on. Really, that's about it. Those are the basic materials you need. You need your stencil, and you can find my list of tips, including the supplies that you'll need, why you need them and my list of paint brands all underneath the class resource of section . 5. Let's Paint!: So before you get going on the real thing, I recommend you practice on some cardboard. So, for example, what I'm using here is a sponge. But you can use spray paint just a Z easily and just go through and give it a try. See what you like and see what kinds of effects you get. It's not going to be exactly like the real thing when you go on a wall, but you'll get a feel for the materials. If you don't find Mylar that's large enough for your project, don't forget that you can take smaller pieces of plastic or Mylar and just taped them together. That's what I'm doing here for the dinosaur print that I'll be doing outdoors for the indoor print. I've just taped two pieces of Mylar together, and I've done a little squiggle on them just to give scale for where I'm going to be cutting that I cut this out, I'm gonna be careful about my fingers and you can see I'm just going methodically leaf by leaf through this grassy field that I'm gonna put up on my wall. So here's the area of selected. I've got a few pieces of scrap paper that I'm going to use to protect the radiator, and I'll just tape up my stencil here. I want to make sure that straight before you go and where some clothes that you don't mind getting paint on, you can get more or less texture as you do this. It all depends on your preference. I find that when I'm using a plastic stencil on a sponge, I don't get perfectly straight edges. So if that's a concern for you, I would recommend that you make your stencil out of contact paper or just form it with masking tape directly on the wall and that will keep your edges is straight as they can possibly be. But for this project, I don't mind the kind of rough, organic look you can see. I'm just moving that stencil over as soon as it's dry and I'll finish this out with some hand done. Touch ups just toe make it look a little bit more integrated. And here is the finished product, a field of grass on the wall, right below our chalkboard. I might clean it up a little bit, but I'm pretty happy with the results here Now let's look at an outdoor stencil I set up next to a playground so you'll hear Children in the background throughout this video. For this design, I'm using a combination of spraying on a few hand painted bits and a stencil to get the eyes right afterward. 6. Last Thoughts: So I hope you now learn everything you need to know to get started with making a stencil in your home office or somewhere in your house or apartment. We're seeing really big in your neighborhood stencils air such a great way to get going in making an art form that is visually impactful, very inexpensive on very easy to get going with. So I hope that you've had a great time watching this video, and I hope to see something that you've done very soon.