I decided to cut my own stencil. Never tried before. I wanted a stylized rose.
I've had a sheet of stencil material for ages. It was a piece that came free with something else. I used an xacto knife and really found the cutting hard. Sort of like hacking through the plastic. I've since looked at other stencil sheets that are very thin and flexible so if I try again I'll buy those.
My plan was to stencil four roses on a thrifted lampshade. I intended to flip the stencil to get 2 leaning each way.
I managed one. It was difficult and probably not a very sound idea to try to stencil on a curved surface. Especially with a stiff sheet of stencil material. When it didn't come out well I went back in with a brush and tried to tidy it up. Not sure that helped - and I didn't get the "stencil" effect that I was looking for. One rose and I'm done! I didn't want to spend more time on something I didn't like.
The lampshade was only $1.49 I've decided it will be my "sample". I can try other things on other parts of the shade before committing to the real thing.
If any of you use stencils, have cut stencils, know anything at all about stencils send help. I'd still like to execute my idea at some point.