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Growing up, I remember visiting many homes whose walls were stenciled with cabbage roses and ivy. These shabby chic delights were never my preference, even as a kid, but I did admire the technique of stenciling. Years later, stenciling became an integral part of graffiti culture, and Shepherd Fairey's Obey stencil, which he created nearly 20 years ago, launched an army of Obey stencils graffitied across the country.

Now, graphic designer Ed Roth is bringing stencils back to the home front. Roth, who founded Stencil1 in ­Brooklyn in 2005, makes reusable stencils that look perfectly at home on a kitchen wall or a pillowcase. His designs have been covered by ReadyMade, The New York Times, and featured on The Martha Stewart Show.

To hear about Roth's new book, read more.

With Stencil101: Make Your Mark With 25 Reusable Stencils and Step-by-Step Instructions ($24.95), Roth has made his iconic stencils available to the general public. The book contains 25 reusable card-stock laminated stencils, and directions simple enough for even the extreme novice to master. While some of the stencils are more suited for a teenager's room (think: cassette tapes, gorilla heads), others are very design-savvy, and would look lovely in any number of rooms of your home. If you're a home DIYer looking to add some simple, cheap style to your home, I highly recommend this book.

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