Mary Ann's (Dispatch from LA) on-line Stencil course has begun! And this is what I've done so far. I'm not sure that they are finished but the light is failing and I'm stopping for now.
This first week is working with "found" stencils - so that means not having to cut one's own yet.
I'd gathered quite a stash to play with but constrained myself to a few to begin with. Though just choosing to use the big jigsaw pieces added in rather more complexity than I'd been expecting. They are gigantic pieces from a child's floor puzzle - it was one that had pieces that had been mended and was reduced in a charity shop. It was quite easy to do when the picture was visible. This is what it looks like now:
I used one of the big plastic "lace" things and it picked up the jigsaw pattern rather well:
Though having used it like this for both these pieces I feel its a bit too static and would move a smaller piece around instead if I was using it for a background like this again.
So far its been lots of fun!
Enigma 313: The 21 card trick - From New Scientist #1461, 20th June 1985 [link] I showed my son the famous 21 card trick. I used 21 cards numbered from 1 to 21, which remained face upward...