Crescent Fresh (chr0me_kitten) wrote in think_galactic,
Crescent Fresh

Stenciling/Block Printing workshop details

Hi. I'm chr0me_kitten, and I'll be facilitating the Saturday workshop. Here's the description from the program book:
with notable guest Josh MacPhee. Learn the basics of stenciling using recycled materials and how to carve soft media such as erasers for simple block prints. Also learn variations of the pamphlet stitch, an easy binding great for zines, chapbooks, and journals. No experience necessary, and materials will be provided (though anyone who can bring an x-acto knife, scissors, and/or cutting mat should do so). If you already know how to do this stuff, drop by to help teach others. Josh will also show samples of his stencil work at the workshop. Saturday, 10:30am-12:30pm, Room 232

And here's some more information:

Stencils & stamps are a convenient way to produce multiple versions of the same image. Use them for illustrations, standalone artwork, messages, patches, stickers, and whatever else you can think of. The pamphlet stitch is a quick and easy binding that's great for zines, chapbooks, and journals. In only takes minutes to learn the basic stitch, but we'll also show you variations to dress it up or make it stronger.

We'll demonstrate and provide written instructions. You'll bind the instructions into a simple book with plenty of blank pages for workshop participants to fill with each others' stamps and stencils.

If you know how to do any or all of this, come by to help others learn. You're welcome to bring some of your own work for show and tell.

What to bring:
  • Ideas, sketches, and photocopies of images to make into stamps and stencils. Bring 3 to 5 copies of the same image if you want to learn how to make a multi-color stencil.
  • We'll supply everything else, though it would help out if you can bring a cutting mat or scissors to share (we'll give them back, of course). Also, if you have the previous day's newspaper hanging around, bring it so we can use it to help keep mess to a minimum.

Children 12 & under should be accompanied by an adult, especially since we'll be using extremely sharp cutting tools.

You don't have to pre-register for the workshop, but if you plan to come, please leave a comment. I'm trying to get an idea of how much to bring. Tools will be limited, but all that means is that we'll have to share :-) Questions? Leave a comment to this post or email chr0me_kitten [at]

Josh MacPhee is the author of Stencil Pirates: A Global Study of the Street Stencil. You can see some of Josh's work at

I make books & do other paper arts stuff. Some photos of some of my stamps and stencils are under the cut:

Bessie Coleman stamp/print

Ada Lovelace stamp/print

spider stamp/print

M.I.A. (who is herself a stencil artist) stencil
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