Today we had to prepare our stencil to screen print next week. To better utilise the medium and its visual outcome, I though of setting a few rules before starting to sketch:
- It has to be hand cutted, and for what I understand, the stencil will get ink on it, so fine details might not be a good idea.
- Then, straight lines and geometrical objects looks better on stencil, since it is easier to cut it precisely.
- It is hard to get extremely precise stencil composition, or at least I know I’m a beginner, so I try to make things simpler. So, ink my overlap.but an intentional intersection can be a good thing, since theres a nice transparency involved, and the colours will mix.
To start I focused on working with type, I did a bit of a research, and theres so much contemporary posters following the swiss style using type, that I though I could do a more abstract composition.
So, I focused on grids again and the use of geometry. I though of the grid, and its negative space, squares or rectangles. How that can be boring, and how to create a grid that could work as an image. So, I created 12 different geometrical shapes with 4 sides each. I placed their centre in the intersections of a 3×4 grid… each one of them is different, and now they compose a negative space of a unique grid.
The colours should be red / grey …but it is something I can easily change to accommodate the inks available. The swiss style used a lot of black, white, red…but also have some really cool posters with a lot of bright colours mixed in.
Here is how the poster will ( more or less ) look like: