In this category we are going to publish different kinds of vector designs that are suitable for stencil drawing technique.
A stencil is a template, usually in the form of a thin sheet of material, such as paper, plastic, wood or metal, in which a design (pattern,motif, lettering) has been cut so that paint applied to the sheet will reproduce the design on the surface beneath. The stencil is both the resulting design and the template (intermediate object ) by which we draw.
The great advantage of the stencil drawing technique is that one template can be repeatedly used. The design that we want to draw in stencil technique must be adapted. Since the design is cut out, it must contain closed curves only. A special case is if a design segment is found within an already cut segment. In this case, the cut section (island) is connected by a narrow section of material (bridge) with the segment that is located inside of it. Stencils have been widely used by the military to quickly and clearly label e.g. objects and vehicles, in industrial settings and all shapes and forms of street art...
In addition, a large number of vector designs suitable for stencil technique can be found in other categories of our site. Pay special attention to the category of Scroll saw patterns, because all the designs in that category can be used for stenciling.
All the stencil designs will be available in universal vector (svg and eps) file formats, as well as in .dwg file format which is the most commonly used 2D CAD file format.
All the stencil designs that you can download here are under Creative Commons licenses. Note: Before downloading a design, check if the license permits either non-commercial (for private use only) or commercial use of the design.
Here you can download a simple stencil pattern of a porcupine. Cute black and white stenciled illustration.
Here you can download stencil pattern of stylized rabbit. This cute stencil can be used as design element for various projects.
On this page you can download the repeating design that we found in the old book.
If you are embarking on embroidery and looking for a pattern that you can practice on, then this rose pattern might be the right one for you.
On this page you can download a Scarabaeus sacer design (or sacred scarab design).
All lovers of scroll saw decorative technique on this page can download an illustration of a cow that can be turned into a beautiful and interesting decorative object.
This is a set of four stylized sea shell design elements. All the four design elements are made using stencil technique and drawn with closed curves.
Here you can download vectorized stencil design of the harebell flower.
On this page you can download the stencil of a medieval ship whose appearance can be seen in the picture.
On this page you can download the simple stencil of conventionalized trees, which is based on an illustration found in an old book.
Here you can download vectorized stencil pattern of a fox's head. This stencil has been inspired by a picture from an old book.
Download a set of four stenciled floral designs. All the four designs are made using stencil technique and drawn with closed curves.
This is a collection of stencil patterns whose main motif, obviously, is a basket full of colorful flowers.
Download sword and wings stencil design, a simple design that can be used to symbolize the ability to rise above danger or protection from your guardian angel.
Here you can download a hand-traced vector pattern of a calligraphy bird, originally created with off-hand flourishing technique.
Stencil vector portrait of the famous Soviet pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.