In the computer lab, I found an image of a famous landscape that I liked which was the Golden Gate Bridge. I opened Photoshop and made the picture into black and white. Then, I adjusted the threshold of the photo to create the best effect and darken the picture so the stencil would have blacks and whites to cut out and look the best when I spray paint it onto the collage I made.
When I was creating my collage, I tried to cut out pages of magazines and books that were related to world travel, because the bridge I was going to spray paint was a place that people saw when the traveled and it was related to transportation. I had pictures of compasses, suitcases, and different types of transportation. I also had a blue and purple theme with my watercolors that I put over the papers, but it mostly got covered by the pink and orange spray paint in the background.
Since the picture was in black and white, the black parts were made into negative space and cut out while the white parts stayed intact and became positive space. We projected the picture up on a wall to enlarge it and I drew it on a big piece of paper that later became my stencil. I had to have positive and negative space so that the image would actually show up. They contrast each other and it looks better when you cut out the black parts because it makes the important parts show up better.
Using the xacto knife wasn't difficult, but you had to be safe while doing it. Always cut on a cutting board so you don't ruin the tables and be careful because the point is very sharp. I sometimes had a hard time cutting small areas with the xacto knife, and I always cut the shapes the wrong way so they ended up falling out, but you can't have loose pieces. Tape was able to fix my problem for the most part.
My experience with spray paint was great even though it smelled bad. I think the overall composition of the artwork is good because I put a lot of newspaper in my collage for the background. Then, I put a bunch of water colors on the newspaper and spray painted the background orange and pink. That made it look better when I spray painted the black bridge from the stencil on it. My stencil had a few messed up pieces on it that I had to tape back on so that made a few parts look a little bit messed up. However, I was very happy with the way it turned out overall.