"Multimedia artist Rice explores the possibilities of stenciling in this collection of basic to intermediate-level projects. Rice shows crafters how to cut or burn custom stencils from their own artwork or photographs, then presents a variety of projects that showcase stenciling on materials ranging from fabric and wood to paper products and cake. Each project includes step-by-step illustrations with photographs, allowing novices to follow along with little difficulty.
Verdict This is a solid overview to the essentials of stencil-making and stenciling, and the variety of projects will appeal to crafters." - Library Journal
"The word 'stencil' is typically associated with Americana or fussy intricate patterns. Here, Rice changes our attitude with 20 projects. She excels at explaining the basics, beginning with the actual design of the project, and she provides step-by-step color photographs to augment her written instructions. Her aesthetic viewpoint does not depend on one era or one style. Rather, she delights in gathering inspiration from the world, including German paper cutting (scherenschnitte), twentieth-century rustic antiques, 'mod' and 'pop,' Victorian lace, and many others. There’s much to admire and choose from here, including shadowbox frames (with paper dolls inside), customer wallpaper, and a dancing-in-the-rain shower curtain. At the end, a rogue’s gallery—that is, 10 featured stencilers and their backgrounds, with samples of work—wrap up a motivating crafts book." - Booklist