Wednesday, 29 July 2009

I Will Persist

I have been following an internet class on stenciling with Mary Ann. I say following rather than taking the class because the class has ended. I am only on the second lesson out of four.

I got stuck in the first lesson as I discovered that I cannot stand spray paint. Since then I have been researching alternatives. Mary Ann suggested some possibilities such as spray inks but I couldn't find them where I live (Australia pretty far from any big cities.) The same for the spray bottles she suggested.

I have been experimenting. Today it didn't go well. I bought what I thought was EZ-cut stencil film, but when I began cutting stencils I discovered it is opague! I am not sure what I bought.

So then I tried using tracing paper. That didn't work so well. Of course it didn't! tracing paper is notoriously sensitive to humidity, much less spraying watered down ink on it! (the ink is another experiment). You can see the 'stencil' in the background, all curled up and pathetic.

For the spray ink, I watered down some refill ink. I don't recommend the brand I used, VersaMagic, as it was way too thick. Actually at this point, I don't recommend pretty much anything that I am doing. Just thought I would share.

16 comments:

Rhomany said...

Normal transparency like you'd put through a printer works pretty well for stencilling and might be easier to get hold of. As an alternative to spray paints you could try something like the Ranger Adirondack spray washes, Glimmermist or something similar, or watered down acrylic paint or ink works quite well too.

Beverley said...

How about cutting your stencils using transparencies they use for overhead projectors, you can normally get these fairly easily. Instead of using spray paint, you could experiment using some acrylic paint and a stubby brush or a sponge to apply the paint through the stencil. That might work. I haven't got going much, I have got supplies together, but I doubt I will use spray paint as I don't like the smell.

Leslie said...

I signed up late for Mary Ann's class and I'm not even through the first week's videos, but I'm loving it, and fortunately, I'm not sensitive to the spray paint.

Jo Reimer said...

Please don't be discouraged. There are lots of alternatives to spray paint which is so toxic to our atmosphere. People were stenciling long before there were spray cans. You can even do without cutting stencils until you find some bristol file folders or plastic that works. Your hand can be a mask. Use ink or watered down fluid acrylics or watercolor in your spray bottle, put your hand on the paper and spray it. Find some lace to spray through. Cook some spagetti and arrange it on a flat surface with wax paper on top and weight it down while it dries. Put the dry spagetti on your paper and spray away.
Use anything around the house with holes in it and use a sponge to carry paint to the paper by dabbling around the item.
Our work doesn't have to look like Mary Ann's and we don't need all her tools. Her videos give us ideas but our minds will give us many more. Don't give up!

Artful Chica said...

Butcher paper makes wonderful stencil paper.

Zom said...

Thanks for the encouragement you guys. I will try your suggestions and let you know how it goes.

That's the thing, isn't it? It's all about experimenting and just trying stuff. That is what my art journal is for.
Playing.

Jennifer Williams "Blueskysunburn" said...

Transparencies are a wonderful idea for stencils! The one you did didn't turn out bad. I think you are being a little too hard on yourself.

I'm still at week two also. Time just kind of got away with me for this class. Especially with all the heat outside.

Kate said...

I took the class the first time. I tried the creatix airbrush paint but never like my results but if you persist I know you will get something to work. transparencies work for stencils but I like the stencil film Mary Ann recommends. It makes cutting or burning a breeze. If you haven't tried a stencil burner yet they are great. I would recommend the one with a wood handle. My plastic one gets really hot. Good luck on your experiments.

Kate

PrairiePeasant said...

Other materials for stencils I've used include old x-rays, manilla file folders, cardboard, and overhead transparencies.

I'm also trying not to use spray paint for environmental and health reasons. Acrylic craft paint applied with a sponge or brush works just fine. I've also been trying using liquid watercolour in my spray bottle, and even old ink jet printer refill ink works well.

Using your resources will bring out the best creativity! Keep at it and don't give up.

lynne h said...

zom, i love everything you do... no matter what...

xo

Zom said...

Transparencies; I will keep looking for the real EZ cut... old x-rays! I never would have thought of that! I do have some. Seems symbolic, I don't know of what...
Liquid watercolour and the inks are pretty expensive. I will be trying the acrylic with sponge and brush.

Thanks so much for all the suggestions.

Lynne, you sweetie.

Gail P said...

I often use just acrylic paint, dabbing it on. But seeing how you use stamps you have stamp pads. Wad up tissue or use a brush and pounce on the color from stamp pads. I'm sure someone has already suggested this. For each stencil you could use a lot of different colors of stamp pad inks for an interesting effect; two or more different greens for a leaf, etc.

Zom said...

Hi Gail.

Actually I don't have many stamps. I just bought the reinkers cause I thought they might work well for ink sprays. I am of two minds though as they are pretty expensive.

I like your idea though.

pjhornberger said...

Sounds like absolutely nothing is working. :) Stenciling isn't that much fun anyway. Wish I was there to take your class! Everybody I like lives too far, whine.... xo PJ

Tanyah Payne said...

Hi Zom

Happy to here you tried out the inks, they are all very different and great to see the OZECRAFT ones work well for you. They are by far the best for what you want to do i think with the results i see on your blog, yep the others are expencive but it all depends on what colour and look i think your after.... Sorry to hear you didn't like the cheap spritzer idea.... their are others that you can get... I am not a fan of spray inks and havn't really liked the results i have ever tried with them but i am glad you gave it a go and I liked what you came up with...

hope to catch up soon and if their is anyway i can help please give me a call.

luv tanXx

janfoxdesigns said...

Hi there, I see this is an older thread but just came across it and I have exactly challenge as you. Just finished Mary Ann's class and HATE the spray paint, which for health reasons I shouldn't even be attempting to use anyway. The best cheap alternative I have come up with is BLOPENS. I live in Aus too, and at the moment they seem to be marketed here only as a tool for autistic kids by mail order. In other countries they are more available and come with a foot pump. I am thinking an ordinary bellow foot pump wouldn't be too hard to adapt if the lungs get tired. LOL I have found you can use almost any thin marker (including Sharpies) in them and some kits come with empty pens you can fill with ink or food coloring. You could also refill an old texta/marker I reckon. Copic recommend refilling theirs by just dropping ink on the nib after all. So, hope this helps and happy stenciling. I love the look for my art journal pages

Smiles Jan
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