30 Dec 2013

Stencil time


Thought I'd share some of the non-typewritery things I've been working on the past few days. These are some pretty crude examples, but they are my first two attempts. I'm learning as I go and the next ones I make will definitely be better. Lots of fun. :)


The Tacoma one was my second attempt though it looks cruder than the first, "дирижабль". I forgot to leave connections for the insides of the a and o, and I didn't paint it very evenly either.


My little addition to the sanctioned graffiti garages on Broadway:


I have another purpose for these stencils which will be revealed in time, part of a larger project!

12 comments:

  1. My great compendium of knowledge tells me that stencils are painted with a round, kinda stiff bristle, brush. You probably know this. I think the paint is then dabbed, so that it doesn't escape. A bit at a time so that it doesn't "bloom" or run.

    Please note, Nick, that this post is made in the full spirit of forum post answers so often and so freely provided by those that don't have a whisper of a clue.

    I greatly admire your enthusiasm in taking on a graphic arts project. Check out the blog of one of the attendees of the Great California Type-In, Carolee Wheeler, for the mail art idea that may, just may, stir me from my winter lethargy into some sort of creative action involving fun stuff like Xacto knives, glue sticks, rubber stamps, found graphic arts bits, etc.. http://goodmailday.com/

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    1. I did not know that, but I'll probably have to try it. I just used one of the many spray paint cans I have laying about. I've purchased a self-healing cutting mat online which will help with the rough edges of the stencils I make from thin cardboard.

      I've toyed with the idea of mail art and making things fancy, but in the end I just settle on a simple, elegant envelope as the nicest option. In fact, I've addressed your envelope (I'll be writing my letter soon) in such a fashion. :)

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  2. Will Nick Beland be the next Pablo Fiasco?

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    1. I feel like there's something I'm missing. XD

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    2. Nick, that was supposed to be a smiley. ( :

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    3. I did a search but for some reason I didn't make the connection… XD

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  3. I did a little of these in my high school years and we applied the paint using a sponge - there was no easy access to the spray paint at that time you see. The "дирижабль" looks very good indeed!

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    1. A sponge is also a good idea. Spray paint is fun, but it smells horrible and gets everywhere and a slight warp in the stencil causes the edge to not be sharp.

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  4. Typewriter decals using stencils maybe?

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  5. That's a great way for the insurgency to live on.
    Or to make your own tshirts. OR BOTH!!

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