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44 Stenciled Art Innovations

From Spooky DIY Halloween Decor to Stacked Paper Portraits

— October 20, 2011 — Art & Design
Stencils are often frowned upon in the art world as a form of cheating, but these stenciled art innovations indicate there is far more substance to this art form than meets the eye.

Over the past few decades street art has taken a hold of culture. Artists armed with cans of spray paint and other artistic paraphernalia take to the streets to beautify the occasionally grim urban landscape. There are many forms of street art, encompassing everything from stickering to massive freehand murals, but none of these methods have permeated popular culture quite like stencils.

Stencils are not just for school children in the midst of learning their letters, but have earned a legitimate place in artistic expression. They are utilized by countless artists, street and otherwise, to create graphic representations of the world around them. Through layering and, in some cases, the careful application of color these artist prove that even the lowly act of tracing can produce some astonishingly beautiful pieces.

Sure to change your mind about stencils, these stenciled art innovations are masterpieces in their own right.
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Educational Graffiti Stencils
Educational Graffiti Stencils
Golan Levin Tags Up Walls with Knowledge
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Saturated Street Art
Saturated Street Art
Taylor Gonzales Uses Recognizable Figures in His Sensational Work
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42
Graffiti Phoneography
Graffiti Phoneography
Aik Beng Chia Pays Tribute to Street Stencils with 'I'm No Banksy'
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Vibrant Yarn Graffiti
Vibrant Yarn Graffiti
This Hot Tea Wildlife Street Art is Sure to Turn Heads
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40
Creative Coloring Cut Outs
Creative Coloring Cut Outs
Foster Individuality in a Child with Kimmel Kids Stencils
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39
Building-Sized Stencils
Building-Sized Stencils
Sten & Lex Show Off the Versatility of an Impressive Artform
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Imaginative Abstract Art
Imaginative Abstract Art
Artist Pearl C. Hsiung Creates Surrealist Images
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Living Graffiti Art
Living Graffiti Art
Moss Invaders by Kimi Spencer and Marko Manriquez is Eco-Friendly
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36
Colossal Chalk Creations
Colossal Chalk Creations
The Chalk Wall Installation by Dana Tanamachi is Immensely Impressive
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Boarded Playhouse Stencils
Boarded Playhouse Stencils
This New Banksy Wall Piece Takes Over the City of Angels
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Instrumentalist Street Stencils
Instrumentalist Street Stencils
The Dude Company Showcases Artists in their Element
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Thug Life Superheros (UPDATE)
Thug Life Superheros (UPDATE)
Steve Seely Recreates Two Iconic Comic Book Heroes in Gangs
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Stacked Paper Portraits
Stacked Paper Portraits
This Kris Trappenier Art is Insanely Intricate
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Crowd-Sourced Graffiti
Crowd-Sourced Graffiti
Cape Town Election Street Art Spurs Activism Through Stencils
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30
Stop-Motion Street Art
Stop-Motion Street Art
The 'Nowhere Near Here' Light Stencil Animation Features a Cute Doggie
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Public Graffiti Parties
Public Graffiti Parties
The Cans Film Festival
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Giant Urban Shadows
Giant Urban Shadows
Black Stencils by Sam3
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Boosting Graffiti Love Via Regulations
Boosting Graffiti Love Via Regulations
The Best of English Street Art
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Shutterbug Street Portraits
Shutterbug Street Portraits
Jana und JS Paints Colorful Graffiti of Photographers
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Rusted Wall Stencils
Rusted Wall Stencils
The C215 by Christian Guemy is Wall-Friendly Art
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Subversive Street Art
Subversive Street Art
Sir X Blends Whimsy & Scathing Social Commentary
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Supercar Street Art
Supercar Street Art
Xander Walker Stencils are Perfect for Gearhead Graff Fans
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Muzzled Graffiti Stencils
Muzzled Graffiti Stencils
The Banksy 'Gas Mask Boy' Surfaces for the Public at a Price
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Violent Art Stencils
Violent Art Stencils
These Prints by Irmantas Genotas are Definitely Not Children-Friendly
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Street Art History Lessons
Street Art History Lessons
Pure Evil Pearly Kings
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Lacy Street Art
Lacy Street Art
NeSpoon's Public Art Blends Granny Prints and Graffiti
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Cousin Itt Watercolors
Cousin Itt Watercolors
Natalia Sanabria Uses Illustration Watercolor to Create 2D Life
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Street Artist Stencils
Street Artist Stencils
iBanksyMachine Lets Everyday People Become Famous Artists
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Beefy Wall Stencils
Beefy Wall Stencils
DIY Ted Perez Custom Wallpaper Lets You Have a Cow
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Exquisite Cutout Art
Exquisite Cutout Art
Elsa Mora Creates Delicate Images out of Stark-White Paper
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Beautiful Hardcore Papercraft
Beautiful Hardcore Papercraft
Tom Gallant's Paper Cutouts Make Adult Magazines Classy
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Fine Art Graffiti
Fine Art Graffiti
The Work of Contemporary Painter Jaybo Monk Breaks Stereotypes
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Controversial Stencils
Controversial Stencils
Hitler and Chaplin Ad for Hut Weber
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Stylized Stencil Art
Stylized Stencil Art
David Soukup 'In The Moment' is Stencil Art at its Finest
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Post-Apocalyptic Romanticism
Post-Apocalyptic Romanticism
Social Commentary Street Art from Boxi
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Scrubbing Stencil Grafitti
Scrubbing Stencil Grafitti
The Dutch Ink 'Flight 101' Project Cleanses Old Walls Clean
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Cellphone-Inspired Stencils
Cellphone-Inspired Stencils
Smartphone UI Stencils are Targetted at App Designers
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Geishariffic Street Art
Geishariffic Street Art
Fin DAC Stencils Concubine Graffiti in a Creative and Unique Manner
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6
Sci-Fi Glitter Body Art
Sci-Fi Glitter Body Art
These 'Hunger Games'-Inspired Tattoos Are Out of This World
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Graffiti Quotes
Graffiti Quotes
Jerm IX Has Stenciled Surfaces With 2,000 Messages and Poems
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Banksy Launches Website
Banksy Launches Website
Has the World's Most Controversial Graffiti Artist Gone Mainstream?
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3
Tattooed Walls
Tattooed Walls
Ink-inspired Decals by Beepart Give Your Walls a Classic Tattoo Touch
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Graffiti Template Art
Graffiti Template Art
Patrick Thomas's Protest Stencil Toolkit Features Iconographic Imagery
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Spooky DIY Halloween Decor
Spooky DIY Halloween Decor
Haunted House Silhouettes Will Terrify Trick-or-Treaters
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