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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Loretta Lynn (and accompanying stenciling headache) on: February 17, 2008 07:45:53 AM
I learned this week the problem with letting my mother-in-law know that I stencil.  She commissioned me to make a Loretta Lynn t-shirt for her mom's birthday to go along with the tickets she bought for her to go to the Grand Ole Opry.  I know nothing about Loretta Lynn, so making a stencil was difficult because I couldn't tell if my outcomes were identifiably Loretta. 

Fortunately, I posted on the stencil questions board and meownstuff came up with a great stencil for me to use that you can see here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227742.0

And this is the result:




I'm mostly happy with it considering that I had to cut out the stencil twice.  First she promised me a light blue shirt, causing me to cut out the dark sections of the stencil, but then she brought me a dark blue shirt, so I had to recut with the white sections in mind.  And then I didn't have white paint, which prompted a late night trip to Wal-Mart, where the only paint I could find was "dimensional" paint, so I started with a light layer of "linen" color from my stash and tried to lightly put the other paint over it.  The bleeding at the bottom and that swipe by the "L" can symbolic of my dislike for doing this project by the end - they both happened when I got impatient and tore off the stencils well before the pain was dry.

Live and learn, I guess. 

Thanks for looking!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Loretta Lynn stencil help on: February 15, 2008 10:47:26 AM
My mother-in-law has charged me with stenciling a Loretta Lynn shirt for her mom to go along with her birthday gift (tickets to the Grand Ole Opry).  I have a hard time conceptualizing stencils of things and people I'm unfamiliar with.  Does anyone know of some sort of quintessential Loretta Lynn image that might easily become an identifiable stencil?

I've read all the tutorials, but everything I've tried (using Word, because that's all I have) has been a failure.  I'm not afraid of islands or intricate cuts.  Can anyone offer any assistance? 

Thanks for looking
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Hieronymus Bosch Stencil (image heavy) on: January 28, 2008 05:22:15 PM
This is my first stencil board post, but I've been stenciling for a few years when I have time.  This is a shirt I made for simplyfussfree for the Ongoing Wish Swap (so if you see this and have not received the shirt, look away!).  I wanted to make something based off Bosch's most famous work:



In the process, I learned how hard his stuff is to translate into other crafts.

I ended up choosing one of my favorite creatures from the "Hell" side and seeing what I could come up with.  I'm very into processes, so I've posted the different steps as I added to the stencil, so just scroll on by to the bottom to see the finished product. (Pardon the odd lighting - it was really late when I was taking photos.  It highlights the lint that the black shirt picked up from my ivory carpeting).

The first two layers:


Plus the sinner bubble:


And the main man himself, looking a bit like a muppet:


Less like a muppet, now, more like a flesh-eating and excreting beast:


And then I opened my awesome metallic paint that I'd found and it looked like this:


So I had to mix a bunch of things together to come up with this new color for his hat and footwear:


Some finishing touches:


But the place I positioned the stencil made the rest of the shirt feel like it was missing something, so I added this text, which is from a William Blake poem that I saw paired with this triptych once:


And the final, final product:


My husband thinks I should have left the text off, but I'm not sure if I agree or not.  Regardless, it's a bit late.

It took forever to let the layers dry and I am not patient enough to wait until the paint is dry to remove the stencil, so I was sitting with an xacto blade and some tweezers pulling islands off pretty much immediately...

Thanks for looking!

4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / First Etching Attempt (and subtle platitude mocking ahead) on: September 21, 2007 10:39:40 PM
My friend Jill is adamantly against the over usage of platitudes in place of original sentiment, so I quite like to teasingly find ways to bring the Lee Ann Womack song "I Hope you Dance" into conversation because it's one big string of platitudes.  And since I was looking for something to try and etch, I thought it a good time to combine the two.

I used those tiny vinyl letters that you can find at office supply stores (like Staples or Office Max) - I had to apply them with a scalpel because I couldn't get them straight any other way - and blocked off the various platitude squares with electrical tape.



Here's an interior shot of the glass after I applied the etching cream to show how the different squares were laid out (and because I like the way the shot looks).



And here's a shot of the final product.  These suckers are really hard to photograph well.



My friend thinks the glass is hilarious.  And her mom thinks it's touching.  And I think that is hilarious.

Thanks for looking - this is my first project post...
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