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img901No matter what your age, have you ever stenciled? Well, after you read this book you might attempt it. The book is titled The Art of the Stencil and co-authored by Norman Laliberte who studied at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy in Michigan and went on to teach at the Kansas City Art Institute, Notre Dame and the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Canadian author Alex Mogelon.

The pair also wrote six other books together on various other art techniques over the years. This book was published in 1971 and guides us through the history of the art of stenciling from ancient periods through various countries, like Mexico or Italy in folk craft, to modernist abstract artists using stencils with numerous black and white examples. From Dada to Henri Matisse to Pop and beyond, the stencil was a real art tool! The book gives us lesser known examples of great stencil work by famous artists, as well as, some surprising things one can make with a bit of handiwork, like sprucing up the kids rooms, stenciling your art.

img903img905img902img906img904img907Are you about ready to make your own now?