I have used paper stencils in a screen printing workshop with Prints Charming (here’s my Charming Frolic) and I have made my own freezer paper stencils when I made A Feeling for Snow for the Twelve by Twelve BlueWhiteBlack Colourplay challenge but I have NEVER used plastic stencils. So when Terri invited me to be part of her stencil blog hop, I jumped at the opportunity. Boing,boing!
Your Chance to Win Two Stencils
Terri sent me the Curvy Fronds and Signposts stencils that echo some of my favourite motifs:
The stencils are produced and sold by Stencil Girl Products.
It’s the height of summer here in Australia with perfect conditions for sun printing so that is technique I tried first. I started by ironing my fabrics and taping them taut to some plastic craft trays that I have. Then I lightly spritzed the fabrics with water and applied slightly diluted textile paints with a foam brush
Then it’s simply a matter of laying the stencil over the top of the wet paint and letting the sun do its magic:
Next I tried applying paint with a stencil brush. This brush has short, densely packed bristles that are all the same length. The theory is that you apply the paint with a circular motion and the paint is less likely to get under the edge of the stencil. However, you will see that I diluted the green paint too much and significant bleeding occured.
Thanks for joining me on the Stencil Blog Hop. I’ve had such fun playing around with Terri’s stencils but I’ve barely touched the surface of their potential! Several artists are sharing many creative techniques with Terri Stegmiller’s new line of stencils, produced by Stencil Girl Products. Each day of the hop you will see two new stencils (14 in all) being used by an inspiring artist. Be sure to visit all the other artists participating in the Stencil Blog Hop. You can enter for more chances to win some of Terri’s great stencils.
Blog Hop Schedule 20 -27 January 2013 (US dates):
Sunday, 20 January (Kickoff) – Terri Stegmiller
Monday, 21 January – Leslie McNeil
Tuesday, 22 January – Deborah Boschert
Wednesday, 23 January – Margaret Applin
Thursday, 24 January – Brenda Gael Smith – that’s me!
Friday, 25 January – Vicki Welsh
Saturday, 26 January – LuAnn Kessi
Sunday, 27 January – Sue Bleiweiss