Wednesday, January 05, 2011

DIY gifts: Screenprinting with stencils

This Christmas I was committed to making many of my gifts by hand. The project I had the most fun with was for my brother Matthew. He lives in a loft-style apartment and has way too many empty walls (despite being extremely loyal to his sister and showing off many of my paintings, both current and dating back to my art school days!) 

I've been drooling over the projects in Lena Corwin's Printing By Hand book for a long time and knew I wanted to try some kind of silkscreen project. She also covers stamping and freezer and contact paper stencils. I had originally pictured doing a set of nine canvases all equal in size to hang in a 3x3 grid. But since I didn't get to this one until the day before we were leaving town, that was a bit ambitious and I made do with what I could find. I picked up some frames from the ReUse Center and then camped out at Blue House for the day so I wouldn't be distracted the computer. It was such fun! I was just kind of winging it with the design and cut stencils by hand. (Since I didn't finish until late, I didn't get a chance to take better photos at home.) 

So, if you're looking for inspiration for a creative project, I would check out this book, or spend a little time at Blue House this year!


  1. Your posts are so inspiring, Nicole! Since I'm "not buying it" this year, I have to make all of my gifts from materials I already have and this looks like a great possible project. Thanks!


  2. Thanks so much, Crystal — if you ever want to borrow that book, it is full of great ideas!

  3. those turned out rad-- can't believe this was your first go at it by looking at them! love the single landscape on varying heights!

  4. Thanks so much, Marcy! I've screenprinted before, but not with stencils — thought of you as I worked on them!