Being of sound mind, I knew that there was a reason behind their madness. There was
a mysterious force compelling them to do something that seems so ridiculous to us normal people.
I knew that I just had to find out, or else I would go insane; just what was with
these people. A short drive to the local craft store and a friendly chat with the owner opened my eyes.
There are still lots of uses for stencils. Even today's computers can't replace some of the functions of a
Let's examine the stencil itself. It is nothing more than a thin sheet of Mylar or
plastic with holes cut out of it. It looks flimsy and requires manual labor to use it. How archaic is this?
The answer is very archaic. It is what can't be seen, heard, or touched that lives within the beauty of the
stencil. And that would be the creative talent, the genius and the innovation of both the person making the
stencil and the one using it. The light is starting to shine through.
Holidays are almost upon us and it's time to think about decorating. You have that
large sliding glass door begging for a little decoration. OK, you can go out and buy a cling vinyl decal
and slap it on the glass window and poof your done. Who is going to appreciate it or even notice the cheap
decoration? Now it's time to change gears. Buy a couple of stencils or have someone make them for you. For
the Christmas holidays, all you need is a star, snowflakes, Santa and sleigh with reindeer, and a few other
choice pieces. Now you have the creativity in your hands. You design the scene yourself. Each piece is
painted or frosted wherever you want it. You are a piece of the scene since you created it. If you don't
like it, you can change it or even personalize it with you children's names. The sky is the limit and you
go for it.
Now I am not only talking about windows; we do have walls and doors too. Did you
know that you can use a stencil to decorate a cake? Let's see a computer do that. A good stencil and a
little powdered and colored sugar and you have a knock out cake decoration. Guests will be asking you where
you had that done. Why stop here? Let's put a Santa on the cookies. Now I think you are starting to get the
Any old drab school house vintage stencil will not be very impressive. Let's get
our stencils professionally made. Bring back the computer. Professionals can take your images and by using
the computer, convert them into stencils and cut them out using a laser engraver. The details can be very
crisp and sharp. No more using an exacto knife. You may be surprised at how cheaply your designs can be
turned into beautiful stencils. Best of all, stencils are reusable.
In conclusion, don't do as I did and think of stencils as a thing of an ill
forgotten era. Rather, think of how in this age of computers we can bring back the personalization that
stencils once gave us. Once you start thinking, the possibilities are endless and rewarding.
The author's website has examples of just such stencils. Take a look at the true
beauty of these stencils and let your mind start to wander.