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Stenciling a Three Panel Screen, Part II

More on the screen for Jim’s office.

Once the sten­cil had had chance to dry I took the fab­ric pan­els off the screen (yeay vel­cro.) I didn’t do any prep work on the fab­ric  —  poly(?) can­vas. The paint will stick well enough and I don’t expect to try to wash the pan­els. By the time they’re dirty I’ll be bored with them and want to do some­thing else.

To hold the fab­ric steady I clipped it to the thick foam core boards that I use to stretch water­col­or paper. I mea­sured for a rough place­ment for the image and then eye­balled the fine align­ment.

I used brown paint (oil bar) and a large sten­cil brush. Because the sten­cil was paper coat­ed with lin­seed oil I couldn’t use the repo­si­tion­able adhe­sive that I use on plas­tic sten­cils. I used a lit­tle tape in each cor­ner and then worked care­ful­ly hold­ing the lit­tle tabs and bits down with my fin­gers as I paint­ed. It’s messy and a lit­tle slow but worked quite well.

Here’s one of the pan­els fin­ished and propped up for dry­ing.

single panel

sin­gle pan­el

I had planned to use two images on each screen. One fac­ing each direc­tion. So I start­ed with the two crows fac­ing left. Two pan­els have the crows in the top half and one has the crow in the bot­tom half. Then I would clean the sten­cil and flip it for the rest.

Oil paint takes a while to dry and I need­ed the flat space­back in my stu­dio so I hung the pan­els back on the screen. Fig­ur­ing that I’d take them down lat­er this week and do the rest of the sten­cil­ing.

panels drying

pan­els dry­ing

Oh nev­er mind — FINISHED!

And here’s my cel­e­bra­to­ry drink.



Lil­let over ice and orange slices. The ice cubes are shaped like stars!

Stenciling a Three Panel Screen

In order to hide the backs of a num­ber of mon­i­tors and com­put­ers in Jim’s office we put up a cheap three pan­el screen.

the screen in jim's office

the screen in jim’s office

It’s very bor­ing thing. But… the pan­els are white “can­vas” and that means they don’t have to stay bor­ing. So I final­ly found a sten­cil that I want­ed to use in a new book “Sten­cil Me In


The birds on the right — crows! The orig­i­nal is only 8 inch­es tall and the screens are 60 inch­es — fill­ing them up with crows would be very busy. So… time to make the lit­tle crows into big crows. I have a scan­ner and Pho­to­shop and a print­er, and a lot of tape. And they are — 18 inch­es tall now.

enlarged stencil

enlarged sten­cil

Next to make a sten­cil. I used an old mani­la file fold­er. (You can still see the label if you look close­ly.) By tap­ing the enlarged sten­cil pat­tern over the top and cut­ting very care­ful­ly with an exac­to knife — two fresh blades — I end­ed up with a decent sten­cil.

Then I got out the lin­seed oil and rubbed it into the paper. It takes along time to cov­er the fold­er even­ly. Not too much (that would be gloopy) and not too lit­tle (that would be splotchy.) It took 24 hours for the sten­cil to dry enough that it wouldn’t bleed oil on the fab­ric.

oiling the stencil

oil­ing the sten­cil

Next up — the actu­al apply­ing of paint!