Timeless Thoughts: Stencils
Timeless Thoughts is a monthly linkup hosted by Georgie and Tara, where bloggers write about something from their past – it could be an item, a place, an event – anything that evokes a trip down memory lane. Timeless Thoughts is held on the first Saturday of the month, and runs for two weeks.
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When I was much younger I loved getting creative. I was really into colouring books, activity books, and I liked having a blank page to draw and write. I wasn’t terrific at drawing, but I really liked colouring other people’s drawings. I have taken a liking to ‘adult colouring books’ lately – we have some in our ‘breakout room’ at work. It’s crazy that I lose my patience quite quickly with them, but they make for a good ten minutes of focus every now and then.
One thing that I did forget about for many years was plastic stencils. As I couldn’t draw much more than disproportionate, little-more-than-stick stick figures, and random little cartoon-like animals and shapes like hearts and swirls, I found stencils pretty fun and they gave me an opportunity to put together scenes with cut-outs.
Although stencilling is considered some kind of artistic style now, I really enjoyed the plastic stencils that you drew in. In fact, having any kind of shape that you could draw around – like a cup or a saucer – was pretty fun for a kid who couldn’t draw well but could ‘draw’ with a bit of help.
I’m not a huge fan of the style of some stencilled art as it looks a bit blocky and not very natural. There are others that look very pretty.
Regardless of style, I think we can all agree that at one point in time we thought stencils were pretty cool – no? :D
Images from Aliexpress.com and Craftsy.com.