It’s been two years since the first stencils were released with a huge success. I’ve updated the stencil design after some fine tuning to take away some big blotches that were left with the old stencil. Here are the new stencils which are great for duck boats and box stands. You can even paint coolers and dog crates with these free camo stencils.
I’ve always searched for good camo stencils and never been able to find them. So, I decided to make some. It’ll take an hour or so to cut them out once you’ve printed them, but it’ll be worth it in the end. All in all its a four to five step process, depending on how much depth you want. Assuming you already have a flat duck boat brown or green as a background, you’ll need to add another similar color in large vertical patterns. You don’t have to do this, but it’ll give it more depth in the end. Next you’ll take the bark section and do the whole boat over with black as your color with the bark stencils. Take your time and don’t get in a rush. The next step is to use the grass stencil with a reed color. You’ll start to see things really take shape now. If you want even more depth to the grass and leaves, while painting them you can use two colors and just kind of glaze one color over for a blend. You don’t want to do every leaf like this, but some of them will really give it a natural feel. You don’t want a lot of contrast for that step, you want more of a gradual gradient.And finally add the leaves. I recommend some tan leaves and some drab green leaves but be creative.
I recommend using Mylar stencil material which you can get at a Hobby Lobby or a Michaels store for the best results. You can use rolled up tape on the back to hold it in place while spraying. Someone on DuckBoats.net even suggested spraying just a tiny bit of 3M Spray Adhesive to really make it stick while painting, but of course that will end with a little adhesive always left. But, it’s a duck boat, not a ski boat! If it’s sticky that means more camo is just gonna stick to it!
The images below are simulated images. I did not paint that boat, because it isn’t mine. Please try this on cardboard or something you don’t care about before you try it on your boat. You’ll want to get the technique down before you start spraying all over your boat and don’t like how it looks.
Pass these duck boat stencils on to others freely as needed. I created this pattern from scratch, using photos of leaves, saw grass and I just sketched the bark. If you guys aren’t into cutting with an Exacto knife, I suggest you buy some quality stencil kits like Styx River, Reelfoot Camo, MAX-4 or even Cabelas offers several different kits. Don’t forget to leave comments and send me photos of your finished projects. Enjoy!
Krylon just released a line of camouflage flat paint colors with Fusion technology that also sticks to plastic. These types of paints would be great for camo painting plastic layout boats like the Final Attack or other kayaks and canoes. Here is a link to Krylon’s flat paints: http://www.krylon.com/products/camouflage_paint_with_fusion_technology/