Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Free lighthouse stencil

In keeping with the festive season I will  be making free stencils available and thought it appropriate to start with a lighthouse. If you would like to use the stencil please print out the black and white design and follow the steps below.
One request is that if you do use the stencils please donate something, however small, to one of your local charities in the spirit of giving.





Using either masking tape or adhesive putty stick the design to the stencil material. Stick all four corners and sides as well so that the design does not move. 
You can cut either on a self-healing cutting board or on a piece of corrugated cardboard. It is essential to use some kind of protection when you cut or you will end up with a heavily scored table surface!

Hold your knife at a slight angle as this will give you a clean, bevelled edge. Start cutting your design from the centre, cutting smaller areas before larger ones as the more you cut into your material the weaker it will become. 

Cut towards you, always bearing in mind that you are using a razor sharp blade so keep extra fingers out of the way – this sounds pretty obvious but you do tend to get so involved in what you are doing that slip-ups do occur. 

Cut curves in one fluid stroke turning the stencil rather than attempting to get your arm around the corners. 
The little bits that you cut should almost pop out of the stencil or should come free with a little pressure.

Mistakes and cut bridges can be easily fixed by applying a little adhesive tape to both sides of the stencil and recutting the area.


Here the stencil has been used in shades of blue.
A more colourful version.

For a free shell stencil click here and for a free yacht stencil click here. Have Fun!

8 comments:

  1. Hi Wendy, I would like to use a version of your lighthouse stencil for my business logo. Could you please let me know if this would be acceptable? Thanks, Ross

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Ross,

      Yes, that will be fine but please honour my request to make a small donation to any charity of your choice in your area. That way my stencils do good all over the world!

      Regards

      Wendy.

      Delete
  2. I have also used your stencil in a logo for a company and will donate to a charity of my choice hope that is ok?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Christina,

      Great and thanks for your donation.

      Regards

      Wendy.

      Delete
  3. Hi Wendy,

    I LOVE your designs! I also want to use it as a logo. I LOVE and agree with the "giving back" concept and it is a huge part of my business acumen. I will donate locally.

    Christine D.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Many thanks, Christine. Glad to hear that.

      Delete
  4. Hi Wendy
    The lighthouse stencil is great but like a few others I would like to use it as a logo for an organisation. I will make a donation to a local charity for using it thanks!

    ReplyDelete

It would be great to hear from you and any tips that you might want to pass on to others.