These are not your grade school stencils – or maybe they are. Stencils are more than those store bought plastic flowers, set of sign letters and wall stencils for folk art.
They are usually used to block the transfer of ink, but in gelatin printmaking and alternative screen printing processes they can be used to transfer ink as well.
A stencil is a versatile as your imagination. They can be as simple as torn newsprint or as complex as delicately cut mylar.
The power of stencil prints comes when you add your story, your voice, your images to create stencils. Stencil creation builds up your design skills. You start thinking about shape, negative space and composition.
Consider looking for ways to make your stencils personal. Use a photo or drawing of your cat, your tree or your child in your next printmaking project. I guarantee you will experience a huge emotional change in your artwork. Your work will reflect what is important to you. That emotion and passion will be felt by those viewing your art work.
If you want to explore using stencils with quick and easy screen printing methods, the join us in Pulling Screen Prints – the online printmaking course.