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Alvin Cutting Mats


Professional quality for all kinds of graphic arts, hobby, craft, shop and industrial applications, these self-healing and reversible cutting mats are 3mm thick and extra durable. made from a unique composite vinyl material, designed for both rotary blades and straight utility blades, they provide a long-lasting, non-glare surface that can be cut and slashed constantly without showing marks or cutting lines

Alvin Cutting Mats

Art Alternatives Cutting Mats


Protect your desk or work table from sharp blades, writing instruments and other art and craft tools. Cut paper, film, textiles and more. The cutting mat's resilient surface heals so completely that cutting leaves no visible trace.

Art Alternatives Cutting Mats

Foam Board Cutters


Need a special cutter for foam board? We offer three solutions. A large format table mounted foam board cutter called the Javelin by Foster Keencut. This cutter comes in various lenths up to 10 feet and cuts straight lines in the board, like a trimmer. Then we have the Logan Foamwerks cutters that cut holes, circles and grooves in to the foam board and then we offer the excellent Excalibur cutter an upright cutter that cuts foam board as well as mat board and glass, and Sabre, another flat table based cutter.

Foam Board Cutters

Knives


An assortment of cutting knives and tools for cutting including X-Acto and Olfa knife and Box Cutters

Knives

Paper and Board Trimmers


Large scale and office size papar trimmers. Ranging from the large scale Neolt to the handy X-Acto paper and board trimmers.

Paper and Board Trimmers

Replacement Blades


Replacement blades for X-Acto, Olfa and other knives.

Replacement Blades

Scissors

Stencil Art: Building Bridges in Positive and Negative Space

Stencils are one of the easiest and fun art projects, and can be used for a huge variety of things. T-shirts, posters, street art, wall art, fine art—stencils can be used for almost anything! Literally! The best stencils are images, words, or a combination of both, created in a clever way.

Stencil Design
Designing your stencil is just the first step. You can create the stencil out of any subject, as long as you follow a few hints. Anything can be a stencil, as long as it can be recreated in black and white, or more accurately, positive and negative space. A good stencil design plays to this "limitation" of using only positive and negative space, and the creative mind can take a subject into an interesting place by thinking about how to use the positive and negative space creatively. Just remember which "space" you intend to cut out of the stencil.

Build Bridges
The main key to creating a good stencil is an artwork that can be cut out without creating "islands". Islands are areas of your work that are completely surrounded by the negative space, and will essentially be cut out of whatever you're using to create your stencil. Islands are commonly circles, like the inside of an "O". A good stencil has "bridges" that connect all of the islands together, so that nothing falls out of the piece unintentionally. Bridges not only make the stencil functional, they make it strong as well, so that you can use it more than once.

Paper Choices
You can cut a stencil out of almost any type of paper or flat medium, depending on your usage. If you're creating street art with spray paint, then you might need to create your stencil from something stronger, like foam board, gator board, or card board.

Stencils for Fabric
If you're creating stencils for use on fabrics, then contact paper or freezer paper are your best options because they will stick to your fabric. If you're using transparency paper, or any plastic paper that does not come with a sticky side, then you will need to use temporary spray adhesive to bond your stencil to the fabric or canvas.

Paint Choices
The most common paint choice for stenciling is spray paint. You can also use fabric paints, acrylic paints, watercolors, and yes, even body paints! Again, the paint choice will depend on the final use of the stencil.

Cutting Tools
There are a plethora of cutting implements out there. But the best for stencil work, we have found, are still a great pair of scissors, especially for detail work, and a set of very sharp X-acto knives.

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