B9 – Islands and Bridges

Notice the Red Circles have been bridged to connect the inner white with the outer white.  Had this not been done, then the completed circles would have fallen out, taking all of the stencil's details with it.

Notice the Red Circles have been bridged to connect the inner white with the outer white. Had this not been done, then the completed circles would have fallen out, taking all of the stencil’s details with it.

  1. Review the Intro to Islands and Bridges
  2. Task:  Fix the 3 images in the file below by identifying islands and building bridges.
    1. You will need this File
      1. Steps: Create a new layer and move it to the top of your layers.
      2. Using the brush tool (Diameter 30 Hardness 100) draw bridges to connect islands with the rest of the page.  I recommend using a color like green, so it is easy to see where you have created bridges.
        1. Islands: Any area of white that is completely surrounded by black.  (The black is the part that gets cut out)
        2. A bridge is a small connection between the outside white space and the island. When you cut out the stencil, treat the bridge as if it is part of the space you keep intact with the rest of the stencil.
    2. New Post {B9 – Islands and Bridges}
      1. Upload: A Jpeg of B9 corrected to include bridges to prevent islands from separating from the page.
      2. Caption:  What is an island in stenciling?  Why is this a problem?  How can you fix it?