Halftone stencil ideas
I was inspired by this instructable: www.instructables.com/id/Full-Color-Stencil-Art-with-Halftoning/ to do my own. I love the fact that up close the image makes no sense, but from a distance they are clear. For example, see the full colour image below full size; it's just semi-random dots, but the thumbnail of the same image is much clearer - you can make out people, trees etc. Of course the image of me+girlfriend is one of my favourites, so it's probably more recognisable to me.
I've done all the image processing, and got out some really nice results. You can see an example of the output below.
I don't have access to a laser cutter, which was used in the original instructable to make stencils with the halftone dots cutout. So my questions is...
What's the easiest way to make a template to be able to most easily paint the images?
I have tried printing them in black and white, placing them below a canvas, and shining a bright light from underneath. This works OK for the first colour, but it is very time consuming to paint the individual dots by hand, and becomes difficult to see for the later colours.
Anyone got any other ideas? I've thought of cutting the dots out by hand (seems just as painful) or taping the pdf's to MDF and drilling using a drill press (seems like it'd be painful, not only swapping out drill bits but even just drilling the many, many holes)
Obviously a laser cutter would be perfect, but not sure where I can go for this for a reasonable price in Australia.
Does anyone know if this would be suitable for a Cricut to cut? If so, anyone know someone in Australia that would be able to do it?