Archive for the ‘Stencils’ Category

Satchmo’s Den is a kick ass little cafe located at 57 Lonsdale Street, at the rear of Punch lane, recently opened by a mate of mine James and his friends Nat and Tom. Its a super cute little space packed with loads to look at – From the vintage tea tins and succulents on the shelves, through to the record covers plastering the walls.

Last time I was in there I may have accosted James and talked him into agreeing to let me add some artwork to the mix. Here’s what I painted up for him last week :

I pulled their logo stencil for the first record to work in with my swallow silhouettes. I’m quite taken with the idea of music taking form as birds.

If you’re in Melbs go check them out – James makes a mean coffee too btw. Don’t believe me? Well Coffee Supreme, Broadsheet and Milkbar thinks so too. Do it. Just go already!

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I spent my Thursday evening last week making these basic papercuts to use under blacklight for my brothers housewarming.  Up until now, I have usually made flocks of birds for when making decorations, but as Duncs already has a collection of prototype birds from my vinyl swallow flock, I thought I’d try something different.

I love what you can do with white A4 paper, a pair of scissors and a uv light tube!

Sorry for the graininess again – Only had iphone with, rather than d’s nice cannon.

But I’m really pleased with how they turned out… I kinda love making papercut decorations *I think my friends should have more parties, so I can make more!!!

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A friend of mine got me to paint a couple of designs onto some casual shirts for her husband just before Christmas. Now that they’ve arrived at destination I can put up a couple of pics without any chance of surprises being ruined.

Swallow shirt above is the same design I used for D’s unloved tee. However I went for two different shades this time to balance out the teeny stripes in the fabric. Below’s design is based on my Invasion pic… The very first, and almost only stencil I’ve ever done. I chose basic and uncluttered – Sometimes simple is best.

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So after a big stint of no painting no drawing I’ve been finding myself to be uber bored and grumpy.  This week my thumb hasn’t been playing up so much so I thought I’d try and get my hand back into shape.

I didn’t bring any of my paints over with me this trip, as it was supposed to be a flying visit – Ha – But I did have some ink and laquer stored up on one of the shelves in the spare room.

I’m pretty out of practice, and to be honest I don’t usually go for painting people; But I’m working through a stencil idea to go over some of my abstracts and this is the first step of the process for me.  I want them to end up quite styalised, so I still need to push them further – I think it was a good way to ease back into things after a break though.

Had this song by Jess Chambers and the Firefly Orchestra in my head all afternoon… Beautiful. And perfect to paint to.

Actually, I still love the whole album!

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Today I am 28. So I’ve picked 28 images from over the past few years.

I’ve started with earlier images that you would normally have to look up in the archives, or scroll pages and pages back to get to; More recent ones are down the bottom of the post.  I’ve tried to pick a range of different work, plus some of my favorites – It actually took a bit of effort to weed it down to just 28…. Hmmm, where has all this work come from, I don’t think I realised how much has accumulated over the past few years!  Enjoy.

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So I happened to be walking up Ghuznee st the other day, in search of Toy Story posters from the video store.  No luck w that, But did happen upon this fantastic paste-up wall by Rone and drypnz.  Sweet! I saw this up on rone’s site a few weeks ago, But all it says is that it’s located somewhere in Nz.               So. Feeling pretty stoked to have come across it by chance!

Recognise the lovely masked Clara from my post a few weeks ago? https://vincenteknight.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/hey-gorgeous/

Was really nice to get to see her out on the street, because so far I haven’t managed to find her in Melbourne.  The walls weathered a bit already, w the colours fading out and a good few of the Clara pics missing – you can see it fresh, and in the making here on rone’s blog : http://r-o-n-e.com/?p=324 But do go check it out in person if you are in Welly… It’s down the Taranaki st end of Ghuznee, Between Abel traders and the Signs shop.

And I’m pretty happy to have her as my current desktop background too!

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Newly completed canvas with vintage paper, resin, paper-cut birds and gouache layers for my lovely friends who had their wedding down in Christchurch over the past weekend.  Beautiful sunny day, with temperatures similar to Melbourne at the mo…. hot hot! My plane was delayed two and a half hours on the way down, so I only just got there in time – Luckily my bag was carry-on, so was able to change at the airport in Wgtn while waiting… trying not to stress over not being there in time!  Turned out all good in the end, even after I left the painting in the back seat of my friends car when I got dropped off at the church – what can I say, Typical Vin moment!

Have included a close up shot below so you can see the hand painted embossed paper I used – I wanted to give it an old stone sort of finish, as I had all of Christchurch’s old buildings in mind when I was painting it.  The birds have this speckled quality to them, the gouache varnish topcoat I used on them pooled a bit because of the humidity we’ve been having in Wgtn, but I really like the extra effect its given them.

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Ultraviolet Flight

I had a friend remind me of these a week or two ago – Bird stencils I’ve made in the past couple a years for parties incorporating UV decoration. Somehow I never actually photographed any of these myself…. I’ll put it down to can’t-be-assed-ness that comes after all the snipping and sticking to get a whole flock over several walls!

They’re all cut out by hand – I found snipping w scissors actually easier and less damaging to my fingers than a scalpel blade this time. And at least being on a thin gsm cartridge meant I could do a set at a time, rather than individually as I need to for the bird silhouettes I use on my painted resin pieces, which is usually 200 – 300gsm watercolour card.

Anyways, seemed about time to put them up while I’ve been working on a new resin flock piece  – pics up next week, promise.   …And with my thoughts on UV light installations that could work in an outdoor type setup – I’m trying to weasel my way into going to this if I’m still in Nz at the time : http://kiwiburn.com/

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This coming Tuesday the 26th my work goes up in the Black Cat Cafe over on Brunswick st in Fitzroy.  So this past Wednesday I went on a mish with Tui to check out the work up before mine, to get a feel of pricing my pics (I hate having to do this). We also went for a wander round to see if I could find some of my fav. paste ups that have been appearing on some of the street art blogs I read. Fitzroy is teeming with fantastic stencils, paste ups and spraywork… here are a few that I found :

Cant remember where, one of the streets off Brunswick - Argyle, Rose or Leicester

  • Urban cake lady http://urbancakelady.blogspot.com/
  • Amnesty international project (artist unknown) up near Alexander Pde, I think on Young street
  • Mucha style girl (artist unknown)… there were a whole lot of these all on one building – I think Argyle street
  • Dope as cat paste up in alley off Rose/Leicester street (artist unknown)

I also put up a few wee ones around …I’m just getting started at this, So thought I’d start out with some simple hand painted littlies in my cupcake theme to compliment the Black Cat show.   I think I need to find a willing accomplice to help w surveillance stuff  if i’m gonna be doing any bigger works though.

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So it seems to be that time come mid 20’s-30’s where all my friends have decided to jump in and get hitched.
This is a collection of works I have created for these very special events – some as gifts from me, as well as a few pieces commissioned by friends for their loved ones.
And really, if your gonna be spending that hard earned cash of yours on that perfect gift, a painting is definitely gonna be a wee bit more original and thoughtful than that toaster off the registry list at Briscoes!

Commission work is available for wedding or other special gifts, The time it will take and pricing is dependant on size and style of work.
Please feel free to contact me at  mightymouselikescheese@gmail.com if you have any queries.

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