STENCILS & LAYERING
This artistic method uses multiple images and exposures to build up complex images on photo paper, or using scanned and ‘found’ images multiple layers in Photoshop.
1. Find an image that you like (It can be anything – person, animal or thing)
2. Open the image in Photoshop and:
a. Convert to Black & White (Image / Adjustments / Black and White)
b. Make sure you like the amount of contrast in your image (Use the sliders)
c. Invert the image (Image / Adjustments / Invert) so you have ‘negative’
3. Resize to fit the photo paper and image you want, and then print your digital negative
4. Collect objects from Magazines, or cut our stencils to use in the darkroom
5. THE DARKROOM:
a. Place texture items on your photo paper and cover with a glass plate.
b. Expose 3-5 seconds (this might take some experimentation)
c. Remove optional items and replace with your digital negative
d. Expose 3-5 seconds (this might take some experimentation)
e. Develop (you know how)
OR: Sandwich both layers and print 6-10 seconds (see what works best)
6. Experiment – it will take a few tries to get the best result.
7. Submit your BEST 3 IMAGES mounted, others can be stapled together
They should be different and UNIQUE. Include your ‘negatives’
Good digital negatives, variety of stencils, layers work with prints, theme evident.
Add Texture: Choose some fabric, newspaper clipping, magazine ad, or other object with pattern.