Friday, April 7, 2017

Multi layer stencil prints

purple line layer
hot pink layer
green layer

brown layer
yellow layer

finished screen print. blues were added in retrospect using contact paper stencil

Step one: import your inked technical line drawing into Illustrator. Do a live trace. Open the Trace window next to the Trace option button in the dashboard to shift the threshold making line bolder or fainter. When you are happy with your line drawing, you can add layers to the design. One layer for each color to be printed. Title each layer as needed. Fill the designated areas for that color and any overlapping secondary colors. After creating each layer, you will make a copy of the file for each layer. Once each layer is its own file, delete all the layers unrelated to that colorway. Then convert the color to black to create the black silhouette.

Step  two: You will then either
print these to scale to use for handmade stencils in contact paper (dollar store or craft suppliers) or adhesive acetate paper sheets ($5 at plaza). Use light table in other Surface room to see and trace design through clear contact paper or acetate.
If you are using the design for a laser cut stencil, you will proceed by converting the files to vector line to be cut on clear-Lay vellum ($3 at plaza). You should have taken notes on this during our demo. I also forwarded you a link via email with instructions on making a vector stencil. Lastly the monitors in the computer lab can help with troubleshooting and formatting.

For this assignment

1.must use stencils to create entire design. (either hand cut or laser engraved)
2.must limit colors to 3, may use black and white to change value.
3.may be representational or abstract- images may be repeated if desired to create pattern, overlapping, etc.
4.printed on wood or paper or any smooth surface
Clear-Lay vellum sheets -if laser engraving a stencil
clear Contact Paper or durable paper- if not laser printing
paint roller and roller heads for each color 
any size
For Tue/ Homework
finish design and create stencils for in class printing!! Remember to check the lab hours if you plan on laser engraving a stencil. Also check the availability of the laser engraver. 

Due Thurs 
completed print or prints

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