On my desk …. stencil design


On my desk on a Wednesday happens so fast! Here’s what I have managed to squeeze in amongst all the detritus today… this is the next stencil I am going to cut. Thank you to everyone who helped out with stencil material suggestions and resources yesterday and today. Every time a comment came in I would say “Wow! Another good idea!”. For others who are contemplating doing some stenciling, the use of spray adhesive when placing the stencil is especially good advice. It’s a tip that a very kind and helpful woman in the art supply shop gave me on weekend and without it I would have been lost and yesterday’s use of tracing paper would have been frustrating if not impossible. For the next stencil I have decided to try Karena’s method which is to treat manilla envelope paper (although I used Kraft envelope paper which I hope is the same thing) with linseed oil (check her comment from 23rd April at 12.44pm for more details — and see a sample here). You can see there’s quite a lot of detail in my design so her words “cut as smooth as butter” was hard to resist. I had both envelopes and refined linseed oil on hand so I am waiting for a coat of oil to dry over night. Thank you Karena!

16 Responses to “On my desk …. stencil design”

  1. Gina

    These stencils you’re doing are really lovely. They capture your style so well. Having worked at a company that made stencils (we actually had a laser in house, fun to watch!) I know how hard it is to make the bridges/breaks work for a design without sort of ruining the image – which these don’t!

  2. ariana

    I am a big fan of stencils. There is something so low-fi and yummy about them. Crisp and clean yet still handmade. I love the one from the other day. I’m looking forward to seeing how the image above translates into a stencil!

  3. Cherry

    Yeah! yeah! stencils excite me, too. Too busy at the moment to try myself, so I am very much enjoying your journey. Thanks for sharing it! Your designs are fantastic!

  4. Kirsty

    She is going to look absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to see her sprayed.

  5. brit

    OMgosh! I love this! It’s like a quilt skirt…can’t wait to see the finished product

  6. Prue

    Hope you don’t mind Claire, because everyone here is so helpful, if anyone has any expertise on linocutting I would love their assistance. Visit my blog. Thanks!

  7. kate

    I think my old housemate started by experimenting with a few different materials, sprayed them onto newspapers to get an idea of the materials that worked best and then set forth into the world to make the final product. There was newspaper masking taped down all over our very small backyard.

  8. Tamara

    hey there you can see some amazing stencil work in the making from these videoshttp://erinforsyth.blogspot.com/2008/04/stupidkrap.html

  9. pip

    This one is super good! It made me think of Mirka Mora – with the birdy in it! Ace-ness! You know, Claire… i really NEVER tag anyone… but just this once… on Anzac Eve.. I did tag a FEW people… just six.. that’s all….. Happy Anzac Day, Miss! Crack out the Cookies!

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