Post by Linda Germain
|© 2013 linda germain cutting stencils from magazines for gelatin printing|
I was flipping through some old magazines looking for some new masking stencils for gelatin printing. I like people in motion or with interesting negative shapes. They are harder to find than you think.
Here’s some things I learned about cutting stencils:
- Use a new sharp razor blade to get smooth cuts
- Move the paper instead of moving the blade
- Cut the tiny details first – it is more stable this way
- Try to keep as many small details as you can
- look at the image from the backside to check for interesting shape
- Your scraps may be interesting stencils too.
- Don’t be afraid to cut past the outline several times when cutting a delicate curve
- Be open to new images and shapes
Want more help exploring making stencils and printing with the gelatin plate, then join us in the next session of Make Monotypes – check out the details on the printmaking workshop page.