CONTENTS

Introduction
Doing It Yourself, Customization
& Stepping It Up
6

Materials
Everything You Need to Know
to Get Started

Ed’s Favorite Things
Me Likey!

Techniques
Basic and Advanced Moves

How to Make Your
Own Stencils
It’s All About You

7
9
10

11

How-to Projects

13

1 — Let’s Face It
14
2 — T-Shirts, Two Ways
18

A. Paint with a Two-layer Stencil 18
B. Stencil with Bleach Paste
21
3 — Time to Reflect
23
4 — Plate Tectonics
25
5 — Get Plastered
27
6 — Block Party
29
7 — Shrinky Dink!
31
8 — Rock Out
33
9 — Something Sweet
34
10 — Tattoo You
37
11 — Extra Layers
38
12 — Heart Felt
41

13 — Pinup Star
43
14 — Give Me Your Leather 45
15 — Make an Impression
47
16 — Signed, Sealed, Delivered 49
17 — Contain Yourself
51
18 — Needle & Thread
52
19 — A Hairy Situation
55
20 — Au Naturel
57
21 — Cut & Paste
58
22 — Screen Test
61
23 — The Royal Treatment
63
24 — Screen Star!
65
25 — Print Junkie
67

Resources

68

Acknowledgments

68

Photo Credits

68

Stencils

22

FEATURED ARTIST










JEREMY
PELLEY

PROJECT 3

3. Apply etching cream
With a foam brush, apply a thick
layer of etching cream to the open
areas of the stencil. Completely
cover the stencil using up-and-down,
left-to-right motions. Always wear
safety goggles and gloves when
using etching cream.

Stencil a design onto a mirror using etching
cream and a stencil.

Allow the cream to sit for 10 to
20 minutes, or as directed in
the manufacturer’s instructions.

5. Rinse and reveal your
design

(FORMER ART DIRECTOR/THING
MAKER OF ATELIER ACE)

A few months ago, I was doing
a stencil installation at the
Ace Hotel New York, where
I stenciled a black gloss bird
pattern onto a matte black hotel
room wall (shown here are
some other Ace Hotel rooms I
did). There I met Jeremy Pelley,
and we immediately clicked.
Jeremy is a jack-of-all-trades
graphic designer — my kind
of guy! He and his partners,
Mathew Foster and Fritz
Mesenbrink, formed The
Official Manufacturing Co., or
OMFG Co., and have designed
collateral to drool over for The
Ace and other clients. They’ve
done etched mirrors with clever
quotations throughout the Ace
Hotel New York, so I thought
it fitting to ask him to share
this tutorial with us. They also
designed the “Kiss Me Again”
stencil using typography from
vintage sheet music.

4. Wait

MATERIALS

Mirror
Blue painter’s tape
Stencil
Spray adhesive
Foam brush
Etching cream (such as
Armour Etch)
Utility knife
Glass cleaner and damp
cloth or sponge

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Prep your mirror
Give your mirror a good wipe with
a lint-free cloth before you begin.
Remove the mirror from any frame
it is in or cover the frame with
blue painter’s tape. You do not
want to get the etching cream on
the frame.

2. Position the stencil
Spray the adhesive evenly on the
back of the stencil. Let it dry for
30 seconds or until it’s tacky to the
touch. Carefully apply the stencil
firmly to the glass. Press out any
air bubbles, especially at the edge
of the cutouts, so that the stencil is
applied smoothly.

Wipe off the etching cream with
a damp cloth or sponge. Use a
utility knife to peel up one corner
of the stencil and carefully peel
the stencil off the glass. Clean any
remaining etching cream off the
glass immediately and wipe with a
damp cloth.

6. Check out your new
custom mirror. Hang it
with pride.

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