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October 07, 2008


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Oooh, I love these designs, Helen! I will need to look at your Japanese collection for an upcoming project. You gals look like you had a lot of fun experimenting. I have a jar of Versiplast that I have yet to experiment with, so now will have to try. I am no expert, but have one small suggestion: use a larger, plastic spatula. One that is almost as wide as that stencil motif would leave less trowel marks, and speed up a job if you are doing several reps. Looking forward to seeing what Di does!

Enzie Shahmiri

Hi Helen!

I would like to get your permission to use your photos and technique guide on my blog and share it with my artist friends! This is too cool!

Of course I will link back to you as well.

Please let me know!


Helen: Just a tip. regular old joint compound works fine if it is not going to get banged up to much (which it usually does not) and it is easy to sand down any edges, ridges if you want to. Then seal or paint or whatever. You can also tint it easily with acrylic paints or universal tints or pigments or crushed up pastels etc. I use a plain plastic painter scraper you can buy cheap in the paint/hardware store. Thanks

stencil helen

Thank you for your tips so far, more are welcome. I shall pass them to Di too.

stencil helen

Enzie, Yes you may use the photos from this entry. Thank you for linking us.

noel cillins

hi,was totally inspired by your website. was wonderins do you export to ireland an do you have a catologue.cannot wait to get started.thanks,my address is 23 rush hall,shannon rd.mountrath,co.laois, ireland

stencil helen

Hi Noel,Glad you liked our website. We do export to Ireland but we do not have a paper catalogue. We do have a CD rom which you can purchase via the website which includes our current range of stencils arranged in easy to access categories with a fully automated ordering system. It also gives an illustrated tutorial showing basic stencilling techniques and lots of hints and photographic examples. If you do not wish to purchase this you can order directly from our website

Aldo Cisneros

Hello Helen, I saw this symbols doing a reseach for some tattoo desings, I found these way to cool. Are they your desing? Do they have a meaning? Thanks in advance for your help!

stencil helen

Hi Aldo, These are our interpretations of Japanese crest designs. We have put bridges into the shape so that it will hold together as a stencil. I suggest that you research crest designs and shields from Japan, you may find a lot of inspiration for tattoo art.

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