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Is Stenciling Still In?

| Articles | February 15, 2010

Stenciling is an art that requires passion, concentration and determination to any individual. Like many art forms, stenciling is a very delicate art that needs extra attention and accuracy. Stencil artists are artists who have a great sense of responsibility. Stenciling is the same as paintings and photographs in the sense that they all express the artists’ emotions and feelings. Nonetheless, stenciling is very different in the sense that stenciling is very much personal. Stenciling is also different in the sense that it allows any material that will be used.

Stenciling is so much different form its brothers and sisters in the world of art. Stenciling involves outlining a pattern. Painters market their product and boast that they have done that particular painting. In contrast, stencil artists share their designs with other people when they market their designs. Stenciling is all about sharing what you’ve got and giving it your best try.

The Prehistoric era witnessed the birth of stenciling. Human ancestors are the very first stencil artists. They used the cave, leaves and tree barks as their surfaces. These humans are far more resourceful than what we have today. While it is true that there are many technological advancements that contributed in the development of stenciling, these developments were not fully utilized by the people.

The Japanese initiated the use of silk screen production with regards to stenciling. This practice and industry is slowly disappearing today because of modern technology. People used to design their own shirts, pants and other clothing. With the advent of the modern years, the youth have lost their precious time to shopping and other leisure activities. There is no time dedicated to designing their own shirts.

Family bonding activities like wall stenciling and furniture stenciling are now very rare. The electronic and information superhighway revolutions have created a global village where in people communicate to each other through the web. Many people avail of chat services and channels to seek for friends.

Children using stenciled letters to learn their alphabet are very rare occurrences in the education sector. Oftentimes, children learn their alphabet through the internet and the computer. These children are deprived of the fun of outlining to achieve the letters that he or she wants.

Wall stenciling is also very uncommon nowadays. People don’t use stenciled wallpapers today. Posters replaced these magnificent wall stencils. The church and other institutions have also changed in their preference of art. Frequently, church members choose painters and sculptor to do their decoration and others.

It has been said through and through that stenciling has gone through many things and hardships before it was established as an art and not merely a decoration. These hardships should have made stenciling resilient from any attack or degradation that it might experience from other art forms. Nonetheless, these experiences of stenciling and stencil artists are bound to happen again.

With the advent of numerous technologies, stenciling is again faced with the problem of being neglected again. The problem with people is that they tend to take stenciling for granted and exchange it for what technology offers. However, the important fact is that when people gets tired of using their gadgets and other things, they always search for an activity wherein they can express themselves.

This is where art comes in. When there is art, there is stenciling art.

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