hand poked posters
Posted by Mandy Stos on March 03, 2011 4 Comments
All you need is a push pin or needle and no excuses to rock this this how-to hand poked poster! I ran across a hand punched tin wall hanging while browsing in a local antique store. After staring in dis belief of how this scrap of tin was valued at $37, I decided it was my turn to bring this technique into the modern world.
What you will need:
1 small needle or push pin
1 large needle or push pin
graph paper/paper towel
1 sheet of cover stock paper
cork bulletin board
I will say, it was surprisingly easy and that is why I decided to share my little creation with you all. First find a pattern, design, shape or letter that you want to create. I decided to make an "m" design, of course for my name "mandy". I printed it out at 400pt in size and made sure the lines had a thick outlined stroke to them. (no solid fill color needed) Print that baby out! Next cut out the inside of your shape. Do the best you can, simple shapes and letters are of course going to be easier.
I then used an isometric graph paper from my stash box filled with random papers and played around with a few different patterns and paper towels before settling with this one. You now will need masking tape to tape your stencil to the graph paper. (you can use other tapes but be sure it won't mess up your poster board of your final design! This will help it from moving on you and messing up the pattern.
Next you will need a something soft to lay your poster onto so you can "hand poke" the design into it. I used a cork bulletin board as my base. Now get out your small and large needles to begin your design. You want two different sizes so your pattern can have small and large holes and look aesthetically pleasing. Keep in mind, you need to keep the pattern tight/dense so your design is easily recognizable. Make sure the outline is not to "holey" either or you won't be able to tell what it is. We don't want that now.
Walla! Once you are done punching away you have your final design. Not only can you make posters but you could make invites and much much more. Upload your design to our facebook account to share your crafting skills!