DIY Activist Cookbook: How to Stencil Campaign Banners

Banners are the mainstay of any political group and if you don’t have the cash or the time to order a professionally printed one then your best option is to make one yourselves. Personally we prefer them like this anyway. To encourage others to give them a go, we figured we’d give away more state secrets and show you how to make them step by step..

You will need the following:

  • A computer with a printer and lots of paper
  • A flat (not fitted!) white double bed sheet
  • Scissors
  • An art scalpel
  • A stapler and many staples
  • Spray paint, preferably in two different colours
  • Double sided tape (preferred) or blu-tack
  • Bin bags, old newspapers and masking tape
  • A tape measure

When it comes to buying this stuff. If you’re in Dublin then we would recommend Evans Art Supply store off Mary Street for spray paint, the Montana Gold range are best for jobs like this. As regards getting a cheap bed sheet then head to Guineys on Talbot Street; many fine leftist banners have begun their lives in this shop. Buy two sheets just in case the first attempt goes horribly wrong. Pick up the other stuff from pound shops or anywhere on the cheap.

Step 1: Prep your concept art

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DIY Activist Cookbook: How to Stencil Campaign Placards

Stencilling placards requires patience and practice but its a good way of making campaign materials that will separate you from the crowd at demonstrations. Making stencils is usually left to the more arty types so we figured we’d shake it up a bit and give you a step-by-step guide so you can try making them without graduating from IADT. You will need the following:

  • A computer with a printer
  • Multitudes of sturdy card
  • Plenty of newspapers
  • Scalpels, scissors and a stapler
  • Spray paint, preferably in two different colours
  • Sellotape or masking tape
  • Blank A3 sheets (buy cheap scrap books from Easons)
  • A2 sized pieces of cardboard
  • Plasters (its inevitable really)
  • Blu-tack
  • A breadboard

Most of the above you’ll already own or can be lifted for free from green bins or by asking in supermarkets. Sadly some things will have to be bought but these will last for ages. For spray paint and art scalpels, the best/cheapest place to buy these in Dublin is Evans art supply store off Mary Street. Just buy blu-tack, paper and the like from the pound shop or anywhere cheap.

Step 1: Prep your placard backing

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