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Customizable Stencil Kit

Customizable Stencil Lets Anyone Make Street Art Infographics


Ninety percent. That's the amount of ocean life depletion since 1950 and a figure too dry to make most people pay attention. Presented visually, however, the statistic takes on new strength, and as a pie chart splattered in spray paint across an urban wall, the fact-as-street-art becomes unavoidable for any passerby.

With the help of a new pie chart stencil by interactive media artist Golan Levin, creating politically charged graffiti just got a bit easier. The fully customizable "Infoviz Graffiti" toolkit allows users to quickly swap out the numbers and letters and adjust the slice of the pie.

Stencil Workshop (Seattle, WA)


No country craft stencils here! It looks like silk ...screening, but it's  stenciling! The Stencil Workshop will be taught by Kim McCarthy aka SOULE of Urban Soule Design.
This workshop jumps into action with Kim guiding you through the entire process from the creation of the stencil, to applying the stencil image on multiple surfaces,using a variety of  mediums. Learn to transfer your images onto fabric, paper, wood and many  other surfaces. This is a very fun, hands-on class so you should wear "painting  clothes". Students are encouraged to give renewed life to their vintage clothes,  bags, 100% cotton shirt or fabric. (100% cotton works best but a  cotton/poly blend will do, shirts with ribbing (raised vertical lines)  do NOT stencil well) also recommend: pillow cases, tote bags, sketchbooks, canvas, etc...  which you should bring to apply your stencil(s) on.

All paint and other materials will be provided for use in the class only. (including other stencil material, X-acto knife, cutting board and paints) Bring your own black and white image to use for the stencil (printedon paper), keep in mind you may be tracing the image so the simpler and cleaner the lines, the  better. No more than 5 students per class to allow for plenty of individual instruction. You will leave the class with your printed stenciling samples, instructions, the custom stencils that you designed for this class, and  the confidence to personalize your life with creative stenciling  designs!

Ages 18+ only. All levels welcome.
Cost: per person (includes materials fee)
Time: Roughly 3-5hrs depending on class option
All classes take place the month of June 2010
Class Options Basic: $85.00 Learning how to cut and apply one layer  stencils
Intermediate: $115.00 Learning how to cut 2-3 layer stencils
Advanced: $145.00 Learning to cut 3+ layerstencils for photo-realistic  look
Classes will be held the month of June. Dates and times are chosen by  you as a student (upon checkout leave a note specifying the date and  time you would like to do the class and I will schedule you) To see more artwork and register visit Urban Soules Official Website at: and

8 May : Philosophy of Lettering: Chaz Bojorquez (LA)

Philosophy of Lettering: Chaz Bojorquez

Artist Chaz Bojorquez has been immersed in the graffiti tradition of East Los Angeles Mexican Americans since the 1950s. He has combined graffiti, his formal fine
art education, and extensive Asian calligraphy studies, becoming one of the best-known and most original graffiti artists from Los Angeles. Bojorquez will demonstrate how art and culture define his experience as well as his philosophy about the value and execution of letters. This program is presented by the Hammer Student Association (HSA) in collaboration with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required. Parking is available under the museum for $3 for 3 hours.

How to Make a Moss Stencil

(From Adbusters via Nuart's blog)

Guerrilla gardening and street art come together in this recipe for green mayhem. Get out there and spread some spores!

-1 can of beer (or 12 oz yoghurt)
-1/2 tsp sugar
-Several clumps of garden moss (found in damp, shady places)

1. Rip the moss into small chunks, blend with sugar and beer (or yoghurt) until smooth and creamy.

2. Find an appropriate location (fairly moist without too much sun).

3. Using a stencil or freehand, paint your design.

4. Over the next 2–3 weeks revisit the spot and spray-mist your design with water.

5. Watch your green design grow!

Stencils on T-Shirts

A few people have asked Stencil Archive for tips and info on spray painting stencils on t-shirts.
Some tips I've given them are mostly screen printing tips:

- use a flat palate (piece of wood, glass, or even marble) to keep the shirt flat
- make a mark in the middle of the palate so you can center your shirt
- maybe use spray tack to keep the shirt from moving
- put the shirts out in the sun or in the dryer to cure the paint
- if you want tight lines, practice improves your skills


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