Just got word that Chris Stain (his Stencil Archive), long-time supporter of this project, has posted up his helpful and informative book "Stencil Printmaking: History / Info / How To" as a free pdf download.
This caused us to revisit the 2002 conversation we had with him, where we discussed stencils, screen printing, other bits and pieces. That old post has gone through more than one website upgrade, so we just refreshed and revised it to add on to this post about his free book download.
Here is the Justseeds page with a few photos of the book, and the link for the download.
Keeping up with street art and stencil books gets a bit overwhelming, especially when a search on Amazon for "stencil graffiti books" gets a few direct hits, along with books about tattoos, comic art, and yet another book trying to make money off of Banksy.
Today, an upcoming book by C215 (here is his Stencil Archive) caught our eye on social media, mostly because it is a how-to book that appears to be made with love and full of tips, encouragement, artist stories, and all that other funs stuff Stencil Archive loves to share and spread around.Read more
Undenk has a great post with two classic wheatpaste recipes. At least we think there are two, b/c the one from 1880s (photo reposted) is difficult to read.
Here’s our tried and tested wheatpaste recipe:
Makes two litres of Wheatpaste
8 cups of water, or around 2 litres
1.3 cups of Flour
90 grams of Sugar
Firstly, dump your flour in a bowl, and slowly pour in cold water whilst mixing. The aim is for a cold slurry that is easy to pour.
Boil the 8 cups in a big old saucepan and then slowly pour in the slurry.
Allow to cool.
Decant into Bike drink bottles or similar to squirt onto your poster / brush and prevent spillage.
Tip it out after a week.…Read more