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.
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!