Saturday, March 27, 2010

{Another New Craft}

It was by no means my intention to fall in love with yet another craft to suck up all my extra time. but it's happened. I found Stenciling. I didn't mean to, I swear! My knitting projects are going to be so mad! ;)

First I thought of stenciling because I really want cute graphic t-shirts like the ones here or here, but I don't want to pay that much for them. I want them to be like... Walmart cheap. Except cute and original. Which pretty much means I'll be making them myself right?

But first I had to practice. I don't have any fabric paints yet, but I DID have acrylics and I DID have burlap. So of course I dove right in!

First I found a cute graphic and traced it on to this little stencil plastic I bought:

Then, being very careful with a craft knife I slowly (oh so slowly!) cut out the design:


Sprayed the back with spray adhesive (not sure if this'll work for my t-shirt, but it worked fine on the burlap):


Once firmly affixed, I chose my colours, some foam brushes and a plastic lid for paint application. I forgot to put cardboard behind this one! It's not that important since i was on this broken cutting board I use for crafts, but if I had been on my table I would have been mad. lol It bled through like crazy!


I just dabbed dabbed dabbed until when I peeled it off, it looked like this! I layered some colours to get some blending:

I've never been much of a fine artist, but this was so easy! You didn't even have to stay in the lines! To be honest, this particular design required a little bit of touch up with a little brush on the branches, then I put in the little pink centers with another brush. Cute, right??

Then I just swapped them out with the calendar pages that were getting old and tired in my dining room. TA-DA!!


    So many possibilities! I'm seeing lamp shades, pillows, backs of bookcases! What do you think??

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    20 comments:

    1. No way!! I love it! You can do something on your new dining room table runner!

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    2. Love, love, love!! Your poor, poor knitting projects. :) I've wanted to try the freezer paper technique, too. It would be great for t-shirts because you can iron it right on. Love your background here, too.

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    3. Ooh great idea! I may have to try that out! I can't wait to see your many new projects that will come from this... you are so clever! :)

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    4. Pretty!! What a cool idea. They look great framed like that. You are the queen of home-decor crafting!

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    5. Love these new art projects! I'll be trying these out for sure!

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    6. BTW, where did you find the cute graphics? I'm especially interested in the one you did in your demo above. Thanks!

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    7. Love what you did..I have been stenciling for many years and the possibilities are endless. Great tutorial. Agreat and inexpensive place to find cool designs is childrens coloring books!

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    8. I love this sort of custom art, and the grouping makes it even better!

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    9. Wow! Those are great! I'll have to keep that technique in mind....

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    10. That is awesome! I am impressed with the patience you must have to cut all of those branches out. Wow! :) I'm visiting from Jennifer's Tutorial Tuesday party. :)

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    11. Those turned out great! I gotta say I am impressed with your patience also! Theresa

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    12. Those look so beautiful. I like the texture of the burlap and the choices of simple design you chose. They are stunning.

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    13. That's so cute! I never thought of painting burlap before!

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    14. what a great idea. i think i'll try this myself!! thanks for sharing!

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    15. Super cute! Just a heads up, if you trace your design onto freezer paper, then cut out, you can iron the shiny side onto your fabric to make a stencil and the paper peels right off when you are done. Trying to compile some design ideas for my own tshirts so I can get started myself. ;)

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    16. How awesome! What a creative way to add beauty to your home. I plan to try this. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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    17. I'll say it again... "CONGRATULATIONS". Love this easy, peasy project that looks great on your wall.

      Di

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    18. Great project, thanks for posting it!

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