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Topic: I've figured out the best way to stencil EVER. A must read. (tutorial and pics)  (Read 186638 times)
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« Reply #210 on: August 22, 2006 11:09:04 AM »

first of all - thanks to everyone for all the great tips!

 i really want to try this but its hard for me to get to a craft store (theres none in town that i know of and i dont have my license yet).  Does anyone know if you can use this: sorry bout the blurry picture...my camera sucks. it says: Polymark - dimensional fabric and craft paint pen. its kind of 3D ish, so would that not work for stenciling?

thanks in advance!
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« Reply #211 on: August 22, 2006 08:35:10 PM »

It works . . . . not all that well. Well, it can give a cool effect, but for normal stenciling, I usually stay away from the puffy type stuff. But if you want to try it, I've got a couple tips. You'll probably have to put it on thick-ish, but I would try to do just one coat. Take the stencil off before it dries, once it tries, the paint gets sort of weird and plastic-y and it's difficult to get the stencil off. I've had to sort of cut the paint in order to not mess it up when removing the stencil after the paint dried with that kind of paint.

But anyways, go for it! Maybe try it on a scrap cloth, with a quick to cut out stencil first. Make a little patch. I wouldn't use a nice tshirt or anything first, just in case it doesn't work out.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=69377.0 Here is an example I did with the puffy type of paint. As you can see, the white and yellow didn't cover completely and you can see a little black underneath. This would probably be less noticable on a light colored shirt or something.

But go for it! If you use something cheap/you don't care about for a first try, what's the worst that could happen?
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« Reply #212 on: August 26, 2006 10:56:35 AM »

it's nice to know that other people use Photoshop when working on projects.
i'm a Photoshop junkie.
EVERYTHING i make starts out in photoshop!
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« Reply #213 on: August 26, 2006 01:35:24 PM »

FYI, another alternative for cardstock is the backings that go behind comic book when they are stored. They come in packages of 100 in almost any comic book store and range from about $10 to $15 for the packs.
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« Reply #214 on: August 28, 2006 11:15:19 AM »

For those of you out there who don't want to pay for photoshop or illustrator, there are some free programs out there that due the same thing.  GIMP, the GNU Image Manipulation Program, has features very similar to photoshop, and it's threshold tool works the same way (though it's under layer->color, not image->adjust).

http://gimp.org/

If you want to do the nifty vectoring thing with free software, there's another program called autotrace which will do it, but it's command line, so if you're not familiar with doing things that way, it might be intimidating (I think there are some graphical versions out there too: frontline and delineate, if you search those names + vector on google, they should show up).  However, it allows you to make smooth lines and resize as large as you want.  Just start with a png (you can convert it with GIMP), export to svg, and when you open it up in GIMP, tell it to render at some gigantic size like 1000px wide at 300dpi, and you'll have a huge stencil of your small image.  Personally, I find better results if I play with the threshold and touch up the image beforehand, and then make a two-color vector for resizing.

I made all my stencils that way, check out the results:

http://catscandal.googlepages.com/stencils.jpg

Anyway, some great stencils here, this tutorial helped me get started (along with some advice from my punk friends), so I hope some of you can figure out vectoring well enough.  It helps a lot, and it is smoother.
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« Reply #215 on: September 08, 2006 08:35:39 PM »

Wow, great tutorial and great post to read through.  Thanks for all of the great tips.
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« Reply #216 on: September 09, 2006 01:09:26 AM »

Thanks the tute is great, I'm bookmarking this thread. Thanks again!
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« Reply #217 on: September 09, 2006 11:23:43 AM »

Hi,

I love working with freezer paper. It really does make the intricate details stay down.
AND I found a use for the cut out part. I iron it down and make a reverse stencil.
So, for the bird stencil and tree stencil I used the regular version and then took the little throw away parts of freezer paper and ironed those down on other shirts and just painted over them for a reverse image. I like it just as much as the original way.

Sorry for the shaky camera work - the batteries were dying.

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« Reply #218 on: September 09, 2006 11:26:36 AM »

Indigocat,
Excellent work! What a great way to use up EVERYTHING!
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« Reply #219 on: September 17, 2006 06:08:34 PM »

Cool! Thanks for the tutorial! I will certaintly be bookmarking this  Smiley
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