This was difficult without the right sort of masks. The crow with the nice white shadow was a careful alignment with the wrong guideline…
Cutting the stencil to the same size as the plate worked fine with the positive part of the stencil, but the negative part was left floating in the middle, which meant I couldn’t line it up by the method used in the book, very accurately.
However, got a few nice prints anyway – the stencil is cut from relatively thick paper.
Take 2…. this is a stencil made from a photo of a line of twitchers looking for seabirds, and both parts can be lined up to the plate…
The stencil is relatively thick and I used thickish cartridge paper, which left nice white borders to highlight the figures (and disguise the misalignments). Also looking to see the difference made to the picture by making the foreground dominant – in the first print below, and the sky more dominant in the print below that. The third print is layered to build up a different mood.
This print follows the technique in the book making overlapping positive prints, and the negative background printed (lightly) in black on top:
A guinea fowl scooting about – this is a multi-layered print: