You all pretty much know I don't clean my stencils, right? I used to. Back in the beginning, each and every one felt so darn precious that I meticulously cleaned them and asked my students to do the same. I think I helped keep the baby wipe people in business.
But then I got kind of careless and, truth be known, I started using so.many.designs. I just became lazy and stopped cleaning them.
Instead, I told myself layers of paint (on a stencil) are cool. And that I like it when old paint transfers to a piece. And yeah, well I guess I do because it is often quite cool in a 'you could do this again' type of way.
The stencils that I carry to class with me.......well, those stencils are beyond layered. Good grief, they have practically doubled in thickness. They have probably transformed from being 7 mil stencils to 11 mil, they are so thick with paint.
I think they are pretty though; some have even transformed into art all on their own!
How lush, don't you just love all that color!
And this one has got to be one of my favorites - pattern on pattern! Gotta love it.
Speaking of Mylar, which you *know* is one of my favorite topics, you must understand we have little scraps of it all over our damn house. I am talking about the drop out parts (stencil scrap). Imagine that intricate stencil above, the one with all the little squares and geometric parts......every place you see an opening......well, imagine that a piece of Mylar had to be cut out of each and every one of those places.
That is what our Lasers do.
When John pulls a stencil off the Laser, those little teeny weeny parts will often go airborne despite his best efforts to control this stencil crap, er, scrap. It gets absolutely everywhere!
My cats get tiny Mylar parts stuck in their fur. John routinely has it on his bare feet. Somehow it tends to migrate around the house. It is horrid on vacuums, all sorts of odd shapes that cling together and clog the hose.
Karyl was packaging shipments the other day and look what she found:
Isn't that a crack up?
You can't make this stuff up.
I am still looking for ways to use the Stencil Scrap. I have played with alcohol ink on Mylar scraps and that is actually quite fun as they make cool transparent embellishments.
Anybody else got any ideas?