Pochoir Technique or Using Masks
I'm always on the lookout for new techniques and I recently found one that made me drop my carving tools (temporarily!) and pick up my exacto knife. The effects looked so amazing that I had to give it a try right away. This technique is only new to me. It's actually been around for years and is called "Pochoir" which is french for stencil. I've used masks and stencils before, but never like this! The inspiration came from a youtube video I found on Pinterest and below is the video.
On the right are the pieces of bristol board that I cut out to use as masks. These are then inked, put on a piece of acrylic, covered with paper and then put in the press. I was very pleased with the way my jack bottle press performed. I used midcentury modern shapes to create these monoprints which I call, "Chillin". I picture this girl chillin at home with her cat, her lava lamp and her tunes in her ultra chic mid century modern way. I get so excited when I'm trying something new that I make lots of mistakes. Luckily no one was home to hear the screams from my basement studio when I filled a giant tub with water to soak my paper only to find it had a huge crack in the bottom. Water spilled everywhere and flowed under the washing machine where apparently a huge spider lived. He emerged probably more scared than I, and with good reason because he is no more. Given all the excitement it's a little strange that I called this print Chillin. Hopefully the final prints do not convey my fear of spiders or the frenzy of enthusiasm which was me as I rolled ink and tore blotted newsprint everywhere. I am definitely going to try this technique again, perhaps in a calmer more organized state of mind. I emerged with 6 new prints. They are all different. After the sixth print, the bristol board was starting to disintegrate so there will never be any more of this particular edition. These will be for sale in my Etsy store as soon as I can get them uploaded.
8/2/2014 04:46:25 am
I love how the colours and patterns have built up in your prints. Great video too - looks fun!
8/2/2014 08:51:58 am
Thanks Ann : D
8/10/2014 01:45:10 am
Your washing machine-spider episode made me chortle out loud!
2/5/2015 08:09:33 pm
I had the same reaction to the pochoir video as you did.
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