I am really interested in learning more printing methods. I recently discovered the book ‘Printmaking Unleashed’ by Traci Bautista which is due to be released next month. I am looking forward to reading it and trying out some of the printing techniques she explains. I saw some of her hot gun stencils on Pinterest and thought I’d try my hand at making some. If you don’t know her work, you can check her web-site.
For making glue gun stencils, I placed a Teflon baking sheet in a metal baking tin. I could have also use Parchment paper if you didn’t have a Teflon baking sheet. I heated up the glue gun; this took about 5 minutes.
When it was hot, I drew a few designs on the Teflon baking sheet. I stuck to organic simple shapes such as flowers and hearts rather than precisely drawn lines. It took me a while to get used to drawing with the glue gun especially to apply the correct pressure to the gun’s trigger. If my lines were too thin, I would go back over them with more glue. It is important to have lines that are thick enough to be able to peel the stencil off the parchment paper/ Teflon baking sheet. Also to make a successful stencil, all pieces of the stencil must be joined together.
When the glue has cooled and hardened, I gently peel the glue stencil off the Teflon baking sheet. If there was any fine ‘strings’ of glue that I didn’t want on my stencil, I carefully removed them with a small scissors.
I could have drawn a line drawing of the shapes on a piece of paper first rather than draw freehand and then place the drawings under the parchment paper and then trace the shapes with the glue gun. This could have worked better for the writing I wrote which was very difficult to draw in glue and even harder to read.
Now that my stencils are made, I am ready to print. For my first page I placed the glue gun stencils onto a sheet of A4 paper, then sprayed the page with a mixture of teal coloured acrylic paint and water using a toothbrush. As you can see from the pictures some of the paint went underneath the stencils but I kind of like it that way. I used a pair of tweezers to remove the glue gun stencils so as not to smudge the paint. The paint washed off easily from the glue stencils once they were rinsed under running water and I gently dried them with tissue. As you can see from the photo, this is the negative space they leave behind when the stencils were lifted off the page.
For my second page, I again placed the glue gun stencils onto a sheet of A4 paper and placed the glue gun stencils onto a sheet of A4 paper, then sprayed the page with a mixture of teal coloured acrylic paint and water using a toothbrush. This time I changed the position of the glue gun stencils and moved them clockwise a bit so as not to line up with the first mask of the flowers made. I then sprayed a red spray paint over them. I am really happy with how the masking came out especially the white lines of positive space from the 1st colour that are visible.