Freezer Paper Resists and Stencils

Part of my homework is to use freezer paper to make resists and stencils and then create a piece on paper with them. I have done several and this one I was thinking of waves when I cut out the design.

I applied the resist to blue paper and then painted white over the top. But then when it was dry, I could only see one thing in it and it wasn’t waves.

It was a “Picasso” head. Left side with a nose and the right side with a big open mouth. Hair on top, shoulders on the bottom. I think this might have been because I was doing some research on lino cut prints and I had looked at several by Picasso. So I decided to do a take on a Picasso lino cut. But I didn’t want to cut the stamp as I was only planning on using it once. So I decided I would make freezer paper stencils to achieve a similar effect.

Here’s the design I came up with. You can see the head underneath the pencil drawing. Now to cut the stencil. Because I have had some issues with bigger freezer paper stencils either tearing or getting wrinkled up as I ironed them to the surface, I decided to make this in several stencils instead of just one.

So I made four separate stencils which I could apply one at a time and hopefully it would create a cleaner print. Now I am deciding what paint colors to stencil. I had originally thought I would use dark blue for all the stencils. But then I thought maybe orange hair would be fun. But then I can’t decide if other parts should be different colors too. I think I need to go back and take a further look at the colors in Picasso’s lino cut prints. How many colors did he use? What color combinations? What would you suggest?


13 thoughts on “Freezer Paper Resists and Stencils

  1. Nice save Ruth! I think I’d start with the first dark blue one then relook at it. It may tell you what it needs next. But orange might be fun.

  2. my vote is for orange too, I am a total sucker for complimentary colour combinations but that said, blue and white is lovely too – what emotion are you striving for (or what do you see in his face?), calm and peaceful (blues and greens) or zingy and energetic (blue/orange)?

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