In the past I've cut stencils by hand, using scissors and a stanley knife. Its hard work (though enjoyable) but I'm not very good at accuracy to get realistic details like feathers and toes on my bird stencils.
And so I've invested in a new art toy to help me with my stencils. Its a 'Scan and Cut' machine, which does exactly that - scans in my image then cuts it out. Absolutely brilliant! I can create multiples in different sizes of birds, all cut with beautiful detail.
There's lots of possibilities with my new machine and it certainly makes fabulous stencils that will greatly enhance my monoprints. I'll post some photos of the stencils in use soon!
|The Scan and Cut machine in action.|
|One of my silhouettes of birds I used as a template.|
This is what I scanned into the machine.
|After the machine has cut the stencils, I lift|
off the paper. Some of the stencils remain
stuck on the low-tack surface, they
come off easily.
|The resulting stencils, cut by the machine,|
in different sizes and papers.
|The added bonus is the negative shapes left after cutting,|
I can use these too for my monoprints,
so nothing is wasted.