Stenciling Art!

Stenciling art is about so much more than just painting pictures. You're going to be amazed at what you can do with a little stencil!

Anyone can create art with stencils and I hope the project ideas on this page inspire you. We'll do everything from furniture, to clothing and from floors to ceilings. We'll even visit the holidays!

Wine and Grapes Stenciled Dresser from

My favorite stenciling art projects usually involve a piece of furniture. It's exciting to transform a piece of junk into a conversation piece.

This was an old four drawer dresser. The two bottom drawers had been damaged so I cut it down to a two drawer and trimmed the bottom with a piece of wall moulding. After a coat of cream colored spray paint on went the stencils.

You can get more details about this dresser re-do, check out the Wine and Grape Stencils Project.

If this sounds like something you want to try, then at furniture painting you'll find a plenty more project samples.

Below you'll find a video that will introduce you to the idea of applying an artists paste into a stencil to create textured or embossed stenciling art. Don't miss it!

Eagle Stencil Clothes from

Stenciling art onto clothes is a very cool way to design your own unique wardrobe or perhaps breath new life into some old jeans. That's what happened here. I decided to paint a patriotic stencil on the back of a jean jacket and one thing lead to another. So, I ended up with an eagle stencil painted onto a jacket, a pair of jeans and a black t-shirt.

The best part about this project is that the eagle is on of our many free printable stencils (just check out the list on the right for more).

You may be thinking that stenciling art on fabric is different than on other surfaces and that's true. So, there's a great article on how to garment stenciling that will tell you more about decorating clothes.

Lion Head Door Knocker Stencils from

I don't know about you but I use my crafting skills to turn trash into treasure. It just fills me with pride to turn something ugly into something beautiful and unique.

Well, I can't imagine creating stenciling art that is more unique than working with Trompe Loeil Stencils. You don't have to install hardware or have a plumber come out to hang the fountain on the wall. Save your money and just paint one that looks like the real thing.

So, you may have guessed that the Lion Head Door Knockers are stenciling art paintings but did you pick up on the Lock Plates behind the door knobs as being Trompe Loeil Stencils also?

While we are on the subject of unique stenciling art, Toile Stencils are definitely rare because the detailed and ornate nature of Toile is not easy for a stencil design which tends to simplify images. If you would like to try this design style in your stenciling art we have a free pattern for you (click on the blue text).

Now let's move on to something a little less traditional!

Stenciling art comes in many varieties and tastes. If you are looking to create in a very different direction from where we've come check out the Graffiti Art Stencils.

Grapevine Stenciling Wall Borders from

Maybe you have an idea for stenciling art on the walls. There are many ways to do this including Stenciling Wall Borders like the Grapevine Stencils pictured here. It's wonderful to add a simple touch to a wall with a line up of unique hand painted designs.

Of course, if you're looking to cover a whole wall then you need to look into Stencil Wall Murals for a very fun and exciting stenciling art project. You'll also find a video to follow along as a garden mural blooms!

We are thrilled to introduce these downloadable and Printable Stencils. Instant gratification at its finest! You don't need a special printer - these designs are specially formatted to print straight from your home computer on standard letter sized paper. Once downloaded, you will have your complete stencil booklet with patterns and instructions. Just click, buy and print!

Each book will come to you as a down-loadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

Click on any Book Cover Image for Project Ideas.

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

If you'd rather get your Stencil Books in Print, just click the blue button below each book.

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Fleur de lis Stencil Book from

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

This purchase is of a PDF file which has 63 pages.

Price: $9.95

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Oriental Designs Stencil Book from

Oriental Designs: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 16 designs- Chinese Dragon, Bamboo, Oriental Figure with Coolie Hat, Ying Yang Koi Stencils, Bonsai Tree Stencil and 3 Cranes plus 10 Chinese Symbols (Eternity, Friendship, Happiness, Harmony, Long Life, Peace, Prosperity, Tranquility, Truth and Dragon.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 40 pages.

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Antique Door Hardware Stencil Book from

Antique Door Hardware: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 5 designs- Lion Head Door Knocker, Key Bow, Lock Plate and Mail Box Plaque (with two word options). These images should add a little fun and even some humor to the doors in your home while they introduce a touch of the past.

This purchase is of a PDF file with 25 pages.

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The Secret Garden Stencil Book from

The Secret Garden

Create your own private wall mural garden retreat. This collection includes 12 stencils -fountain, bleeding heart, iris, bee, butterfly, foxglove, grasshopper, hummingbird, trumpet flower, morning glory, stone wall and stone path.

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Tree Frogs Stencil Book from

Red-Eyed Tree Frogs

This book contains 4 cute Red-Eyed Tree Frogs for you to paint in your next project. Bring a little of the rain forest to your home. There are 37 pages in this pdf file which includes the stencils of all 4 frogs (each has 5 overlays) and complete instructions.

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Here is a great video that details how you can use acrylic based paste to create raised 3-D effect images through stencils. You’ll also pick up on some other tips for decorating the paste stencil image once it’s done using glitter, jewels and colored chalk. These techniques will open up your mind to create many unique arts and crafts items.

The video is almost 9 minutes long and the embossing stencil instructions start around 3 and a half minutes into it. So be patient because it’s worth the wait.

Isn’t it great to see a new stenciling idea in action? I find it much easier to learn a new technique by watching someone else. This tutorial should get you thinking about all of the great stenciling art projects you can enhance your holidays with this year (and all year ‘round for that matter!). I hope you are inspired to create some great works of art with stencils!

I want to share with you several other Card Making Videos. You'll find plenty of ideas and some new techniques.

So now you are ready to try this out, right? Here are a couple of on-line suppliers of stencil paste products.

Save up to 75% art and craft supplies! has two options for stencil paste. Both are acid-free but while one dries solid the other offers a Crackle Effect for an antique or aged appearance. Plus you’ll find a section dedicated to stenciling with a variety of pre-cut stencils. They carry a large selection of acrylic paints and fabric paints by DecoArt and others. Don’t miss their nice line up of stencil brushes.

Stencil Ease has some information on stencil paste and several varieties available for purchase. Here is the description for one of their products (it offers some insight as to how these products work):

Excellent for building surfaces and creating texture. Directions: Scoop out paste with 1" putty knife. Spread paste over Sculpture Stencil™ design with 1", 3" or 6" putty knife. Lift stencil for instant 3-D effects. Will not run or sag on vertical surfaces. Dries to the touch in 2-3 hours and dries completely overnight. Can be painted over with any paint, glaze, chalk, ink, or stain. Tinting will slow drying time and reduce raised effect. Do not mix with oils or paste on oily surface. Clean tools immediately with soap and water. Dries to a flexible, opaque and matte finish.

They also offer some great pre-cut stencil designs for home decorating, alphabets and industrial uses. You will find Americana Acrylic line of paints and fabric paints. Of course, if you can't find the stencil you need, they can custom make one for you.

Before you go - don’t forget that I (and everyone else) want to see your stenciling art. Just click on Stenciling Projects to get your masterpiece showcased here on this web site. Won’t that be exciting! Or if you have any questions or want to share information join in on the Stencil Blog. Well, I hope to hear from you soon.

Happy Stenciling,


Stencil Books from

P.S. If you're looking for Stencil Pattern Books in Print (like these) then visit our Printer's Book Shop for a large variety of stencil collections. These books are easy to follow and come with complete instructions. You'll find all of the stencil designs used as samples throughout this site.

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You'll be amazed at how many Free Stencils we have to offer to you! Just to make it easy, here are the links to all the freebies.

By the way, if you are looking for Free Christmas Stencils or Free Halloween Stencils, there were too many to list here so go to Holiday Crafts!

Airbrush Stencils

Angel Stencil

Animal Stencils

Art Deco Stencil

Art Nouveau Stencil

Butterfly Stencils

Cat Stencils

Celtic Stencils

Cool Stencils

Cross Stencil

Dinosaur Stencil

Dog Stencil

Dolphin Stencil

Eagle Stencil

Flower Stencils

Graffiti Art Stencils

Grapevine Stencil

Guitar Stencil

Heart Stencil

Letter Stencils

Palm Tree Wall Stencils

Pineapple Stencil

Free Printable Stencils

Paisley Stencil

Quilting Stencil Patterns

Rose Stencil

Skull and Crossbones Stencil

Southwestern Stencils

Sports Stencils

Stencils Quilting

Teddy Bear Stencil

Toile Stencils

Tree Stencils

Tribal Stencil

Trompe l oeil

Tropical Flower Stencil

Valentine Stencils

I hope you truly enjoy these Free Stencils! Thank you so much for visiting and coming back soon for more Stenciling Ideas!

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