My 52 things project for this week is a spray paint stencil featuring Benazir Bhutto the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party who was assassinated this week. I started with an image from the Wall Street Journal and added the star and moon from the Pakistani flag and a peace symbol. The phrase is a play on the "Frodo Lives!" Middle Earth graffiti that was popular in the 60's. I put the first one up on the art van down the street. This was my first time doing a stencil. The next time I will laser cut the stencil from thicker stock. I used the nicest stock I had on hand, but it was really just regular paper and was too flimsy when it came time to spraying. I could laser cut it with more detail and end up with a stiffer and sturdier stencil if I used the laser cutter. Also I need to be more careful to paint the whole stencil as I missed some of them on the first try.
Here is the photoshop file for the stencil: bhutto-stencil.psd.