Stencil Zone

Spenser Hensel: Starting Out

Hensel first started by converting photos to black and white images using Microsoft Word, which is a perfectly viable strategy for any beginner. The black and white image would create a stencil with a single layer (the black).

"We were using pocket knives to cut them out... but that's just really primitive..."

As Hensel became more comfortable with cutting out smaller details in his stencils, he began using thinner mediums from which to cut the stencils.

In addition to new skills, he learned new software; he started using Photoshop to convert images into gray scale, which allowed him to make up to eight different stencils, one for each layer of color.

This process of layering each seperate color can be compared to silk screening, which is commonly used to make prints, t-shirts and other items with ink.