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!