Stencils are an easy way to make prints without having a printing press.
The prints above were created with stencils in combination with the gelatin printing plate. The words and figure are created with what I call traditional “hole” type stencils.
This was a print made from a magazine image. The purple image on the lower right is the stencils. You can see that the “holes” are where the ink is gently pushed through to the paper. See more images screen printed with stencils here.
The abstract stencils above show you the “hole” stencil on the left and the cut out masking stencil on the right. I use the masking stencil in combination with the gelatin plate to make monotype prints.
This cityscape is an example of how I use masking stencils with the gel plate for printing on paper. Enjoy more gelatin prints made with masking stencils here.
I have even worked with a couple of other artists in my town to use stencils to make a few creative crosswalk in our downtown area.
So as you can see stencil are versatile. They are all about see and creating interesting shapes.
I bet you can make and print with a few stencils today!
- Maybe you have a few stencils in your studio???
- Could you cut simple paper stencils on a fold, like hearts and trees?
- What about an alphabet stencil?
- Now use a cosmetic sponge and gently dab, up and down, to “push” ink through the stencil and on to your paper!
- Less is more with the paint.
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