June 15, 2007
tutorial: self-portrait stencil
I am soooo excited about this one. Please do try it, especially you journal artists. It is alot more fun than you'd think to manipulate images of yourself. Although I makestencils a lot, it had never occurred to me to do a self-portrait until I read RandiFeuerhelm-Watts' brilliant book,Wide Open. If you don't have her book, go get it
. So many inspiring ideas! Okay, let's get to it.
Materials you need:
Clear photograph of yourself, preferably a self-portrait
Photoshop, PE (Photoshop Elements), or other photo editing software.
Exacto knife with new sharp blades (this is essential if you don't wantto be cursing yourself through this project.)
A self-healing mat is nice and makes cutting much easier (you don'thave to have a huge one). I've also heard of using a piece of glass tocut on, but I'd cut my finger off for sure. Note: rotary cutting mats arenot self-healing. They work okay, but not as nicely as the self-healingmats.
Cardstock or other material for your template. Cardstock is easy, but afile folder, inkjet transparency (assuming you have an inkjet printer),thin plastic used to make stencils (you can find them with the stencilsat craft stores), and really thin chipboard all work well, too. Plain copypaper will work but it won't last as long. You need something thick enough to hold cut details well, but thin enough to run through yourprinter. I suppose photo paper or smooth watercolor paper would work,too. Note: you can run just about anything that is flat, can be cut downto 8.5 x 11 or smaller, and isn't sticky through your printer, includingfabric--trust me, I've tried it all and never had a problem.
Dye ink pad and cosmetic sponge or acrylic paint with sponge brush.
Plain paper to test on.