Learn to stencil is instrumental in getting a better understanding of color, design and perspective. Designs can be stenciled on any surface. Most stencils shown here are for sale. These depictions show an advanced method of shading for depth and incorporate personal style in the design.
The uses for stencils to apply an image are endless. I've found the addition of paint embellishments with different brushes and sponges result in more varied details not possible with the stencil alone. It's still a relatively simple art to pursue nonetheless. Repeating designs is the biggest advantage to a stencil. Similar to the screen print process which also produces one finished product at a time (with a stencil). It's addicting to repeat a pattern and many find it a pleasing alternative to freehand drawing or painting of more realistic scenes or portraits, unless one has years of practice. Anyone that can hold a brush can learn to stencil immediately. Practice of shading, positioning and placement of shadows can obtain more realistic visual results if desired. If you are a novice at art of any kind, a stencil can lead you to expand the depth of your knowledge and later branch out to try various other mediums and methods. If you are experienced as a "fine" artist or one who paints abstracts you will gain a valuable tool knowing how to implement a stencil pattern into your work. Some would say they cannot paint a realistic scene from a visual reference or memory but they can always execute a design with a stencil!