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Call for Art: Cut & Paint 2

December 14, 2005

Cut and Paint zine
Cut&Paint: A Stencil Template Zine #2
Deadline: February 1st, 2006
Cut & Paint was a fantastic, 54-page poltical stencil template zine put together by Josh MacPhee, Nicolas Lampert and Colin Matthes with contributions from some of our favorite artists, including Claude Moller, Nicole Schulman, Klutch, Erik Ruin, Icky, Andalusia, Janet Attard, the three editors, and a couple dozen more.
Now’s your chance to join this illustrious company. The follow-up will feature more artists, plus new sections of photos and a how-to guide for beginners as well as die-cut stencil templates for easy application.
They’re looking for high-resolution black & white stencil sprays, 7×8 inches. The full call is below the fold:

We’re almost sold out of the 400 copies we made of Cut&Paint #1 and we barely did any promotion, the zines sold themselves!
We’ve decided this success demands a follow-up, so we’re putting together another issue of Cut&Paint and we need your help. Once again, Josh MacPhee, Nicolas Lampert and Colin Matthes are putting together a zine of stencil templates. This time around we plan on scaling back the size of the zine a little (legal size folded, so 7″ x 8.5″), but to make up for the shrinking size we hope to include a set of die-cut stencil templates with the zine. That’s right, pre-cut stencils ready to use!
Like issue #1, most of the zine will be filled with some of the best and most exciting stencil templates out there (black and white stencil images that can be cut out and used), so we’re looking for your best stencil template ideas. This time around we’re also open to multi-color pieces, so if you are interested send a clean black & white print of each layer, as well as a composite image.
In addition, we would like to expand the rest of the zine, too. This means more in the how-to section, so send along any new tips you’ve got. We want photos of stencils from your area, we’d like to run a couple spreads of regional stencil action, particularly from places we usually don’t hear from. We’ll also be including some writing on stencils as well, so if you have any articles you’ve been working on that deal with stenciling, public space, politics, etc., feel free to submit them.
Here’s what we are looking for:
— All designs should be 7×8 inches
— Templates should be clean sprays of stencils on clean white paper. Flat black paint is preferable. We’ll be photocopying these templates, so keep the lines and edges as crisp as possible. In order to get a really clean print, you can spray little bit of spray-tack (like light spraymount) on the back of the stencil so it lays flat on the paper.
— No racist, sexist, homophobic designs. Also, we’re really looking for smart and creative takes on what’s going on in the world, not copied portraits of movie stars or Japanese robots. Keep it original.
— Stencils don’t have to be hit-you-over-the-head political (i.e. Fuck Bush, although that’s fine too), but they should be interesting to more than just you and your friends! The goal is to have stencil templates that other people will want to use.
— Feel free to submit more than one template design
— Tell us if you want your template credited to a name, and if so, what name (and contact information if you want, i.e. website, email, address, etc.)
The best designs will be used for the die-cuts, so send in great stuff and we might make 1000 pre-cut copies of you’re stencil! We hope to keep the price at $5 or below, and distribute Cut&Paint #2 much further and wider than #1.
All templates that are chosen for the zine will become copyleft/copyriot (i.e. they can be freely copied and used by anyone, public domain). Everyone who has a stencil chosen for Cut&Paint #2 will get a free copy of the zine.
Send templates, photos, and writing to:
Josh MacPhee
53 Third St.
Troy, NY 12180
or email hi-res (preferably 600dpi greyscale or 1200dpi line art) templates, photos (300 dpi) or writing to: josh [at] justseeds. org
If you have any questions, drop an email to animaltrap [at] yahoo. com or josh [at]


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