Sunday, November 15, 2020

To continue the theme of combining hands-on stencil-prints with digital art , today's post presents a few ways in which 6" x 6" Garden at Nemours Stencil S844 has worked in this happy pairing off.

Altho Photoshop is the program that I use for making digital art, lots of image-altering software is available for use in smartphones, PCs, tablets and laptops.  It's been my (limited) experience that all these programs work nearly the same.

For today, first I bring you a combination method that's simple:  Make hands-on stencil prints onto backgrounds that have been digitally created and printed on sturdy papers.  For my hands-on printmaking, I used heavy body acrylic paints.

The two backgrounds above had been derived from photos I'd taken of abstract shapes found on my travels.

The background below had been a photo I'd taken when visiting a nearby historic farmhouse....

The background for the piece directly below was an all-digital collage previously developed in Photoshop and printed on the same sturdy paper.

Because I had printed the above backgrounds on sturdy papers, there was no warping when I used acrylic paints to make my stencil prints.

Another approach to using 6" x 6" Garden at Nemours Stencil S844 with digital art is more time-consuming but with results that are equally fun.

Step-by-step, here is the route I followed in making this kind of artwork.

Below:  a collage that I created by hand.  No digital work yet.  (In the upper right, I had used 6" x 6" Pavilion Shadows to make the pale white imprint on a gray area.)

Below:  I made this print with acrylic paint and both 6" x 6" Garden at Nemours Stencil S844 as well as its equal-sized opposite, Garden at Nemours Mask S658.  My background had been yet another piece of Photoshop-generated artwork that I'd printed onto sturdy paper.

After making the print above by hand, I scanned the image into Photoshop and desaturated it to create the digital image below --

In Photoshop, I made 3 digital copies of this black-and-white image, then reduced each of these to a different size.

My last step was to digitally add these three to a photo of the black-white-red handmade collage shown earlier.  You can find the three of them in the extra-large image below.  Using Photoshop, I was able to further manipulate the 3 black-and-white stencil prints by making their white parts transparent.

Bottom line for today's post:  6" x 6" Garden at Nemours Stencil S844 -- and its opposite, Garden at Nemours Mask S658 -- are a whole lot more versatile than what may appear at first glance.

Thanks for sticking with me thru today's journey!

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