How To Create Your Own Airbrush Art Stencils

You have a choice when deciding what and how to airbrush. One way is to use airbrush art stencils (or masks) to create your artwork. This will be the easier of the two choices.

The other way is by freehand. With freehand, you obviously use no stencils or masks which means it's a more difficult enterprise. In this article, we're going to talk about airbrush art stencils and how to create your own.

Let's start with some good news. In most cases you don't use a stencil one time and throw it away. Most stencils are reusable, so you can use it over and over again; however, this does depend, of course, on the material you use to make your stencils. The fact is different stencils can be made using a variety of different materials.

It really just depends on how a stencil will be used as to what it should be made of. Now, let's consider your costs.Over time, the stencils you purchase can really add up in terms of costs. Also, stencils you purchase limits you in your artwork.

You are limited depending on what stencils you find, which means your creativity is limited. But, there is a solution! You can create your own stencils. This will save you money and allow your creativity to soar.

So how do you create your own stencils? Here's the good news. You can create your own stencils by tracing what you want to create. What do you want to create? Find a design of that object and trace it. When you do this, it's a good idea to make copies of what you trace. This is because the stencils will get wet and eventually tear. Having copies can fix that situation. But here's another important point - keep the original. When you save the original, you can easily create more stencils.

So now you've traced the outline of what you want for a stencil, what's next? That's easy. Start cutting out the areas you've traced. Once you've done that, you're ready to start your project. Simply, lay down your stencil and start to airbrush. Here's a clue for durability. Use a plastic pocket folder. You can find these at office supply stores or anywhere they sell school supplies. These are so tough, you'll need an exacto knife to make your designs. You may be able to make more than one design out of each plastic folder. Consider getting clear plastic folders so you can use it to trace on the folder itself.

When creating your own airbrush art stencils, it is important not to rush. Take it slow so you can be sure that you're stencil is cut correctly. You want everything to match up. For instance, say you are creating a stencil of a cat. If you're not careful in your cutting, the eyes of the cat may not be the same size. Or maybe the nose is out of proportion. In fact, if you rush too much, your stencil might be useless. At first you may want to practice on scrap pieces of paper, especially early on and especially if you've never used an exacto knife.

If you take your time and develop your skill in creating your own airbrush art stencils, it will save you aggravation as well as save you money over time.


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