Once I learned about how the katazome paper I love so much is made (with stencils) I got really interested in the stencils, called katagami. Those who know me well already know where this is going...
I am headed toward making the paper myself using stencils I also make myself!
Or - at least something like it, cutting corners here and there like not using rice paste or wax but instead blotting on the paint through the stencil. I know it would be not be katagami-katazome, but I don't want to mess around with a more involved process when I have a vision for how it would work with a simpler one.
Yesterday I completed a carp stencil I cut using HP premium 32 lb. white paper. I wanted to see if I could do it.
I think it turned out well, but it won't hold up to repeated use. I figure it's pretty much a single use item. I have spent all day selecting the one spot to use it and haven't come up with anything definitive yet. I am leaning toward putting it above a door nob (the office closet door), the plant stand Sleyed made for me, or a card.
Moreover, now that I see I have no trouble creating a stencil of fairly intricate design (it's about 3.5 inches square), my next step is to create a stencil that will hold up to repeated use.
I recall seeing some thin foamy rubber that would fit the bill at one of the craft stores around here. I remember it being the type of substance that could be cut with a X-acto knife.
I think rather than making paper I'll start with painting fabric. I think it would awesome to deck our bathroom out in katazome-style printed fabrics and stencil painted wood with coordinating patterns - shower curtain, vanity, cabinets, towel rack, etc. It could look really, really neat. I want to get started this weekend! I'll try a pillow case first...
Here are some stencils I think I could recreate.