The Beautiful Stages of Removing Vinyl Stencils and Electric Paint from Glass


Today I took-down the Hiut x Rivet and Hide Interactive window Installation.

To neatly display the icons on the window yellow vinyl stencils were painted from behind with the conductive paint. This technique was perfect for the shop window as the yellow made the icons stand out on the dark background whilst keeping the paint neatly contained.

However the removal process revealed more potential ways to use this technique with paint in the future.

Firstly removing the outer circle left a perfectly coloured-in paint stencil. I’d imagine this would also work well with multiple colours as in-fill:


Then I removed the in-fill (on the simpler designs) leaving a perfect paint stencil. This is close to the technique Mike Shorter and I used at the MB Ink Hack last year. This has a lovely aesthetic:



These techniques could come in useful for future installations.

I did clean up my mess after these experiments. Evidence: