Arrrgh! I knew I shouldn’t have taken a class. Whenever I learn a new art technique, I always spend way too much time playing around with it. Now it’s not just the printmaking part, but the stencil cutting that I’m all obsessed with. At first I was cutting them from regular paper, but those weren’t holding up so well. Then I remembered Tyvek!! I cut a bunch of those over the last couple of days. A bunch.
I got a few printed and tried part of one in a little collage I had half finished. The yellow loops and the purple citrus-y shape are from the prints. I like how they sit up a bit from the rest of the piece. I think it has potential.
With the encaustic iron out as well as some sheets of tyvek on the workbench, inspiration struck—cut stencils with the heat tool! I switched to the little pointy tip and got to work. It’s a lot like drawing. The edges aren’t crisp like with the xacto or scissors, but they have a more organic quality that I’m interested in playing around with.