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11  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / John Lennon/The Beatles Stencils? on: December 17, 2007 07:15:14 PM
Hey, so my friend wants me to make a shirt for her dad, who is a big John Lennon/The Beatles fan (of course). I was wondering if any of you fantastic crafters happened to have any stencils of this man? I'm more looking for his face: I've seen the "War is Over (if you want it)" stencil, and that's great, but my friend's looking for...his face. ^_^

I've looked in Stencilry, and I've tried making some using images from google, but I've yet to find one that I really really like, so I was wondering if any of you had one?
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felt Hair Barrettes on: December 14, 2007 03:53:55 PM

Last summer I bought a packet of felt sheets, mostly because they were so cute: there were patterned ones as well as a few solid-colored ones. Later last summer, I bought a pack of about 15 of those hair clips. Tonight I got bored, found both in my pile of junk, and decided to go at it.

Here's my first pair:

As per usual, the colors are brighter and nicer in person.

Here's a shot of one of the backs:

Second Pair:

Third Pair:

13  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Pirates, My Chemical Romance, Photography, Bananas! (Xmas gifts) PHOTO CHUBBY... on: December 14, 2007 02:46:19 PM
So, given that I'm a poor college student (who isn't?), I decided to only give gifts to close friends and my family: and even then, I've decided to make most of them. After all, I'm rather proud of my mad stencilling skillz (haha), and my family's pretty appreciative of such skills as well.

First off, for my father. He's always the hardest to figure out. So I just scrolled through the stencils at Stencilry until I found one that he might appreciate:


Stencil Detail:

(FYI: He's actually gay, so the rainbow "happy" under the pocket can be taken both ways: as a reference to the "Is that a banana in your pocket..." and to the alternate meaning of 'gay,' I suppose.

My *other* father used to work for Lifetouch Photography, and every morning, I'd tell him to "shoot" lots of kids. ('Shoot' here meaning...with his camera! I don't condone violence! T_T)

Stencil Detail:

I'm not super happy with this one: it was the messiest shirt I think I've done since my very first attempt with cardboard and spray paint, but I don't exactly hate it. And, yes, that's a paint smudge.

Next up is my little brother. He loved Pirates of the Carribean, of course, so I figured a pirate-esque shirt was required. I made him a shirt last year, with one of his favorite sayings on it, and he still wears it, so I'm fairly sure this one will get at least a bit of wear. I might go back and try to freehand a bandana across the skull, but then again, I might not. What do you think?

Whole Shirt:

My little sister found a scarf on eBay last year, and asked if I could make it for her. Iended up not being able to--couldn't find the material or anything, and by then we'd both forgotten about it. So this year, I tried to make something similar. I actually like this one better. She loves My Chemical Romance, obviously. I freehanded the words, and I'm actually pretty proud, as they look at least a little like the font used on the actual logo, I think. It looks grungy because it's supposed to. Also, because it's really hard to stencil well on a felt scarf. The red stripes go all the way up the scarf.

Stencil Detail:

Finally, my roommate! She loves the color pink and The Beatles/John Lennon, so what else could this shirt have become? I found the strawberries on stencilry, and while playing with a layout for the text, I decided that it actually worked better (and would be easier to cut out) if I didn't put the word "strawberry" in. I'm really proud of this one.

Whole Shirt:

Stencil Details:

(It's actually a brighter pink in real life.)
14  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / First Screenprinting Attempt Ever! on: January 20, 2007 07:14:49 PM
So I went to Michael's today, to load up on blank shirts ($2 each, man: I have about ten, I think), and I wound up in the clearance aisle. I found screen filler *and* screenprinting ink, which reminded me that Id finally understood how to do the whole cheapie-screenprinting thing last night. So I bought the filler (originally $11: I got it for 5), and the ink (originally $6, I got it for 3) and went to get a couple of embroidery hoops. The only thing they didn't have was proper material, but I got it all anyway.

I lugged it all home, and looked around. Found this curtain-esque material in my ragbag. It works really well, but it's kinda tough to trace things onto: it's leopard-print. So I freehanded something, trying to see if it'd work right.

It did!
The only problem is that the ink I got, is the acrylic ink. Drat. I'll have to do some testing, but I've acrylic-painted shirts before, so it's not really a big deal.

(It's so cool to be able to make multiple images, without having to cut out a ton of copies of the same stencil!)
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / (Sorta) Macbeth and Perks of Being a Wallflower! on: January 19, 2007 06:26:33 PM
My AP English teacher is leaving for Kansas soon, and at first I wanted to get him ruby slippers or something, but...zero dinero.

We read Macbeth in class, and on Devil's Night (October 30th), we performed it for parents and students and everything. He says that that was one of his favorite parts of the year, so I decided to give him something to remember that by. 

The skull is wearing a crown, see? Hah. It's supposed to be Macbeth's head...self-explanatory, I think. The "Something Wicked" is both in reference to a line from the play ("By the pricking of my thumb/something wicked this way comes") and, I'll say, because he is wicked sweet, or something.

And that's the back. The date is 10.30.06 (not 10.20.06: I'll have to touch that up later), and, like I said, is the date that we performed the play. Great fun. I just hope he'll wear it...

And for myself (blank shirts were 5/$10 at Michael's today! Score!), I made this shirt:

Of course, when I looked at it to take that picture, I realized that it was pretty horribly crooked. So I wanted to add something that would make it look less accidental.

That's the final product. I'm really happy with how it turns out, though I'll end up wearing a shirt under it (it's thin, and I prefer long sleeves anyway).

What do you think? ^_^
16  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Stencil Opinions (fast response=happy me) on: January 17, 2007 12:47:04 PM
So I'm making a shirt as a going-away-please-don't-forget-us gift for a teacher of mine who is moving to Kansas on Sunday. He's our AP English teacher, so we (the class and him) have literature-related 'inside jokes' or something.

I'm thinking about making hims a shirt that says, in big bubble letters "I (picture of a heart) Thoreau." The joke here is that he hated Thoreau with a passion. >.<

He's also a Communist-sympathizer, so of course I could do a play of the red slipper/the Reds, but I feel like it's been done.

Ideas at all, just based on the scant information I've given? Smiley
17  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Whoooo you lookin' at? (Owls on a Shirt?) on: January 02, 2007 09:23:05 AM
So today I stenciled a shirt. Obviously. I heart owls, and I found this stencil and decided it had to be on a shirt for me to wear.

It's acrylic paint, and took about four bloody coats until it started to show up. I've ironed it to heat set it, so it should last me a little while, maybe. What do you think?

(Ignore the ugly face: the picture of the shirt on the ironing board didn't come out.)

And Here're my brother and me, I made that shirt for him--he says that a lot, offensive or no, so I...guess I just made it.)

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stenciled, Altered Tote Bag on: January 01, 2007 03:19:20 PM
So I posted this bag in the Stenciled thread, but now that it's all personalized and embellished, I'm posting it here as well. If that's against the rules, smack me with a dead fish and I'll remove it. Smiley



Originally it had regular canvas straps, but those were too short, so I went out and bought some purse straps, and attached those. I reinforced my stitched on the handles like CRAZY because I carry some really heavy books. And do you know how hard it was to sew that strip of sequin-trim on? Seriously seriously so. I think the fairies were playing with it, because my thread kept getting snagged on the sequins. Aaaah I wish my sewing machine was working.

What do you think?

And to heat-set acrylic paint, you just iron both sides of the image for five minutes or so, right?
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Handsewn Wallet Ahead! on: January 01, 2007 10:53:40 AM
Oh good LORD this was painful.
I wanted to make myself a tri-fold wallet, because I don't have one. Well, I do, but it is small and doesn't hold much.

But my sewing machine is broken or misaligned or something, so I had to sew all of this by hand. It took about three hours, but I'm kinda proud of it. The top three or four card slots don't really hold my cards securely, but the bottom ones do, so I'm okay. It doesn't have a coin holder, even though I was planning to add one, because by the time I got to that point, I was tired of sewing and decided I'd just keep coins in my pockets. Smiley


20  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / The Spill Canvas/"Bracelets" Tote (and finished product! IMG big-boned) on: January 01, 2007 10:37:45 AM
I found a couple of stencils on Stencilry that I fell in love with. I also bought some blank totebags from Amazon for about $2 each. Result?



Stencils are from Stencilry, as I said. Paints are my acrylics (you just iron 'em for five minutes on each side once they're dry to heat-set them, right?), and the words are lyrics from a really great song.

I have this adorable dangly trim I'm going to sew around the top, and I'm probably going to switch the handles from that fabric into some long purse handles I found at Michael's. I'm just impatient, so I'm posting now. ^_^

I've finished the bag--adding straps and girly trim and all that--and here's what it looks like now:

Not that different, I know, but...meh. I guess I'll see what the general consensus is tomorrow, when I go back to school.
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