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Roughcraft Art–Stencil Centered

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As I’ve indicated before on this blog, I am not a true drawer, or illustrator. What I do is work with what is available and make it my own. Stencils and geometric designs are a large part of my artwork, as are spirographs of all types. For my short stories, and my longer homemade books of Fiction, I love to incorporate story-related stencil- geometric- and spirograph-centered creations, which I refer to as my invented Roughcraft Art.

(BELOW): Here is an example of a stencil-centered, geometric horse:

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I scanned the art piece twice, once (ABOVE) in full page, and again (BELOW) to demonstrate more closely the technique of presenting stencil-centered objects.

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The paper material on which this drawing was done is old-style soft, light brown wrapping paper, such as was used to wrap bundles of newspapers for delivery. As a once-upon-a-time local newspaper route delivery woman, I have mounds of this wonderful paper available. It holds colors true for ages without being under glass. Markers, paint, crayons, white-out, colored pencil, and ink all work wonders on this brown paper’s surface. The latest wrapping paper used now is more harsh, and I haven’t experimented with it to date.

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Credit:
Drawings scanned from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

 

Stencil Art Is Accepted

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Just recently, coloring books for adults with varieties of a form of stencil art have hit the market. Admittedly, I’ve missed the coloring book days of my youth, and eventually graduated to stencils and stencil wheel art myself.

And there isn’t a thing wrong with using stencils to help form artwork for your handcrafted book material. I use it in my homemade novelettes, and I enjoy the creative process, which is pricelessly individual and toys with infinity in a self-indulgent array of endless possibilities.

All you need to do to enjoy stencil art and to add it to your self-published efforts is possess stencils.

I like shapes and geometric stencils because you can use shapes and geometrics in any way you please to add artwork to your writing themes.

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The above example was one I created for use in my novelette ” Fans “. It simply reflects distance in the story between a former star basketball father and his son who prefers soccer, while the pig images speak to an important conflict within — father versus former basketball star. The original artwork was done on graph paper.

Create at will!