One of the cool things about having a blog is that you can address, with visuals, questions that get asked. I've had some inquiries, in response to the Somerset Studio article Lisa and I did on spray paint. The picture above illustrates the difference between a mask and a stencil. If you decide to cut your own stencils why not be clever and make sure the image you cut can be used as both a mask and a stencil - a positive and a negative. Not all images work out this way but you're the designer, make it happen.
The picture above illustrates both masks and stencils. You can see I made the scrolly image as a positive and negative. I've pointed out each so you can see how they can be combined. The manila background helps you to identify the the masks....harder to pick out if I had sprayed more color on the surface.
Here's an up close view of some of the tags shown in the article. The DANGER tag was attributed to me but Lisa is the one who cut the barbed wire stencil What a great gift. The word was created from an alphabet punch set - a very cool tool to have when you want to add text. If you've seen the article, you had to notice the cool box Lisa had sent me with "OH MY GOTH" stenciled in over the thorny roses.....is she just the coolest? The little alphabet in tag #3 is a brass stencil, the negative was created by taking the wet stencil and flipping it over as a mono-print. You can use brass stencils, plastic stencils, and paper stencils. Think about all the cool die-cuts that are out there for the scrappers - all usable as masks! A little shot of temporary spray adhesive to hold them in place and you're good to go.
Be sure to visit KRYLON to see all the cool products they offer, from iridescent sprays, to suede finishes, spray GESSO, and even a spray product to make your creations acid free. They have a new product that is water based too. I also recommend you try RANGER'S spray washes. They really rock - much different than spray paint and you don't have to form an entire "spray station" to use these. And a heat cutting tool? I got mine at Michael's, it's from Plaid. They are sold near the stencils, and you can pick up the "blanks" to cut there too.
More spray talk later this week. Check Lisa's blog as she's talkin' aerosol too.