Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Uncommissioned Essentials: Stencils

As part of a special 2 part blog post, I'll be exposing the two fastest techniques to creating quick and efficient street art.  First up?  Stencils.

From good ol' wikipedia:


Stencil graffiti makes use of a paper, cardboard, or other media to create an image or text that is easily reproducible. The desired design is cut out of the selected medium and then the image is transferred to a surface through the use of spray paint or roll-on paint.
The process of stenciling involves applying paint across a stencil to form an image on a surface below. Sometimes multiple layers of stencils are used on the same image to add colours or create the illusion of depth.
Those who make and apply stencils have many motivations. For some, it is an easy method to produce a political message. Many artists appreciate the publicity that their artwork can receive. And some just want their work to be seen. Since the stencil stays uniform throughout its use, it is easier for an artist to quickly replicate what could be a complicated piece at a very quick rate, when compared to other conventional tagging methods.
One of the best known graffiti artists who uses stencils extensively is Banksy.

 Over the years this form of graffiti has become a worldwide subculture. The members are linked through the Internet and the images spray-painted on the urban canvas they place throughout the world. Many of its members connect through blogs and websites that are specifically built to display works, get feedback on posted works, and receive news of what is going on in the world of stencil graffiti. Stencil graffiti is illegal and many of the members of this subculture shroud their identities in aliases. Banksy, Above, Jef Aerosol, Bride Campaign, Blek Le Rat, 157, Skeczh, and Shepard Fairey are some names that are synonymous with this subculture. As for local stencil artists, they are fairly veiled and are hard to reach.


Learn yer self some knowledge?  Now go out and stencil something.

24 comments:

  1. I love street art like that. I guess I gotta wonder what the communities that have a plus stenciled onto their street have gotta say.

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  2. I think any person can decide whether their house can be graffiti'd upon, and by whom. this way you won't have ugly graffiti everywhere, but nice paintings and a reflection of you on your house!

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  3. I want to paint those plus around my town so bad

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  4. i remember in high school we used to spray paint w/ stencils :O

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  5. Everything in toronto has grafitti on it already :P

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  6. the bioshock stencil is awesome, makes me wanna go out :3

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  7. what are your thoughts on Exit Through the Gift Shop? do you think its a good or bad thing to have the underground street art movement in the spot light?

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  8. i just started to like street art and a teacher said to watch Exit Through the Gift Shop is it any good?.

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  9. stenciling, I remember partaking. perhaps its time again

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  10. I've tried making them but I have the worst hand-eye coordination with little exacto knives EVER.

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  11. This is actually one of my favorite types of art. There are always very pleasing to the eye, for me.

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  12. hahah that road line one is clever

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  13. every pic is just awesome +followed

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  14. those are some nice stencils i will never be as agood as that is too much work. i used to hit up melrose ave and its a great feeling you get when you are spraying that stencil and a greater one when you seeyou stuff online

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  15. Unfortunately for me, there is nothing to stencil on all the way out here! LOL... Maybe an ox?

    So the artists tend to meet up online and decide a place to do the work? I bet there's one heck of a counterculture making up those ranks!

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  16. That is a dope stencil!
    You should check out this guy who does this hotel are they are called secret wall tattoos...

    http://www.secretwalltattoos.com/

    and then my blog
    soundboy2400.blogspot.com

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