Multi-layered stencils are used to create images with more detail and depth than you can achieve with single layered stencils. The image is built up using 2 or more different layers of stencils, each layer being a different colour or part of the image. In this way you can create more complex and interesting designs.
In this tutorial we will be using our James Dean 4 layered stencil design. We will be painting it using spray paints on the surface of an interior wall, but you could use a brush or roller to paint this stencil. And instead of a wall this could be painted on any surface... an art canvas, a fabric bag, an item of furniture etc, the method is exactly the same.
As you can see the different elements that make up the final image have been separated between the 4 different stencil layers. Each stencil layer will have registration marks cut into them so that you can quickly and easily line up each stencil layer.
In this tutorial we will be painting the James Dean stencil in monotone colours - Black, gray, light gray and white but this is only a guide, I'm sure that you will want to experiment with using different colours.