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« on: January 09, 2008 05:32:00 PM »

This was part of a christmas present for my other half's older brother, who is a huuuuge Beatles fan. I chose random and hopefully complementary portraits of each Beatle from the Beatles album cover "hard day's night" and tweaked them a bit in photoshop to a more 2 color friendly contrast level. The pillows are 14" squares, and I tried to match the fabric to their couch (although they look quite nice on my blue one too). All indications tell me that he loved them.


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details, stencils were done with freezer paper in 2 parts (faces first, squares around them after..they were an afterthought - but a good one i think)
paint used was artists acrylic + textile medium + plenty of heat setting
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2008 05:38:20 PM »

You are my hero!! These are SO. FREAKIN. GREAT. I looooooooove the Beatles and this is such a fun homage!! I would love to own those pillows!!  Grin VERY NICE!!!

P.S... I think you posted Paul twice in the individual shots.  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2008 05:39:22 PM »

What a great gift! I think the squares were a good afterthought.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2008 05:40:53 PM »

I'm a huge Beatles fan too, and I love these. Very crisp designs
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2008 05:41:50 PM »

Ok. These are amazing. I love how simple they look. Your other half's older brother now has the coolest couch around.
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2008 05:42:34 PM »

You are my hero!! These are SO. FREAKIN. GREAT. I looooooooove the Beatles and this is such a fun homage!! I would love to own those pillows!!  Grin VERY NICE!!!

P.S... I think you posted Paul twice in the individual shots.  Tongue


oops thank you, i did!

i will fix that now!
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008 05:54:23 PM »

I'm not a big Beatles fan, but I know a lot who are... those are amazing!  So awesome as a set.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2008 06:03:29 PM »

No problem Smiley  BTW I added this as on of my favorite projects on my profile!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2008 06:07:44 PM »

I'm a huge Beatles fan...and I absolutely love this!

I think I'm in love with you forever.  Haha  Wink
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008 06:31:40 PM »

Amazing!
I love this!
I am a Beatles fan! (I swear, I was born in the wrong decade lol)
They are so great!
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« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2008 06:47:54 PM »

These are so incredibly awesome! What a cool Christmas present! I love handmade presents those are always the best
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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2008 07:17:22 PM »

i like that you didn't pick common images of them- it makes it so much more individual, so much less mass-produced! i also really like the color choice.
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2008 07:55:47 PM »

These are so well done!

Did you find these on Stencilry?  I'd love to get a copy of these images so that I could make a set for my husband.
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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2008 08:27:53 PM »

These really look so amazing. This what such a good idea and has so much possibility. Would you mind posting the stencils? I have a friend who I know would love to have these, and she could even make these herself.
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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2008 11:29:59 PM »

those are really nice  great job !!
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« Reply #15 on: January 10, 2008 08:29:38 AM »

actually i saved the cover of a hard days night and picked the images from there, then blew them up and twiddled with the contrast

this is where i got it, right from the Beatles website:
http://www.beatles.com/hub/tracklisting.php?img=HDN&menuItem=the%20music&order=chrono

you need to screenshot the image, and then open it in some imaging software..i feel a little funny just posting the pics since they are attempting to protect the copyright on the site(heh) but i can tell you my final images ended up needing to be brought up to about a 69% contrast to turn it into a crisp 2 tone image. then just resize it to however large you want your stencil, print. voila ^___^

i hope that's helpful
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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2008 09:06:58 AM »

Oh. My. God. I have never been able to create such a neat and tidy image from a store-bought stencil, much less one that made myself. 

My friend and I have a Beatles themed radio show at college (more her idea than mine) and I just got the perfect inspiration for some kick-ass end of 1st semester radio gift.  I might do posters though... or a wall hanging.  Ah, the possibilities are endless Smiley  Thanks for such a great idea. 

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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2008 10:25:40 AM »

amazing job!  They look flawless  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2008 12:24:59 PM »

oh gawd i need these.
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« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2008 12:50:00 PM »

THIS IS AWESOME!!! YOU ROCK!!
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« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2008 01:11:07 PM »

Excellent job! (And no silk-screening needed, either!)  Grin

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« Reply #21 on: January 10, 2008 01:30:58 PM »

Can I be friends with your SO's older brother so I can sit on his couch with these pillows?
Awesome job!
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« Reply #22 on: January 10, 2008 01:42:00 PM »

I think I now know what my brother's birthday present will be! Thanks for posting these. they're great Smiley
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« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2008 01:56:44 PM »

Oh wow, those are spectacular. Perfect gifts, and great work.  I'm jealous now.  Shocked
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« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2008 02:21:45 PM »

AWESOME! I need to make these, too. You did an amazing job!
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« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2008 04:57:52 PM »

so so so so CUTE! i want a set! these are a great idea!
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« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2008 06:08:59 PM »

 Shocked Shocked Grin

Wow. I would die for a set of those pillows. LOL. Incredible!
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« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2008 06:23:05 PM »

Those are amazing!
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« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2008 06:40:32 PM »

those are fanfuckingtastic.

i wish i could stencil. damn.
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« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2008 07:35:05 PM »

super cool!!!!!! the beatles are the best band ever! Grin
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« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2008 08:03:26 PM »

ummm...if I marry you...will you make me awesome Beatles pillows too? Grin I am such a huge fan!  And I would love to own those pillows!  Your bil is so lucky! Cheesy
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« Reply #31 on: January 10, 2008 08:13:17 PM »

oh my lucky brother!
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« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2008 08:17:16 PM »

beautiful! alot of potrait stencils come out in a way that it's hard to recognise the faces, but yours came out perfect!
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« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2008 09:31:23 PM »

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« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2008 02:33:01 AM »

OMG, those are awesome, I think I'm gunna have to be a copy cat, and make some of those for myself!:)
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« Reply #35 on: January 19, 2008 03:22:52 PM »

wow. Those are amazing! I have a friend who is a big beatles fan and i think i might try something like this for her. Great job.
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« Reply #36 on: February 12, 2008 06:05:18 AM »

love these, what a lucky b-i-l you have!
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« Reply #37 on: February 12, 2008 06:23:43 AM »

Great job! Any Beatles fan would love those in their pad!
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« Reply #38 on: May 22, 2008 04:45:35 PM »

I want them!
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« Reply #39 on: October 26, 2008 06:48:37 PM »

Oh to cuddle up between all the Beatles!!!! (especially Pauly... hee hee hee!)
*drools*
They look incredible! It really does look like A Hard Day's Night album picture!
Although I do have to admit that Ringo's face kinda creeps me out but I think it's just the eyebrows (not your fault just Ringo's wonky eyebrows...  Kiss I love you Ringo!)
Definatly shall be taking the idea... using different pictures off the album of course...
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« Reply #40 on: November 15, 2008 11:13:23 AM »

OH. MY. CHUCK.

I just moved in with the *biggest* Beatles fan ever, and have been trying to think of stuff to make him for Christmas... these are PERFECT!

(I can also see a Libertines set on it's way for me too!)
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« Reply #41 on: October 15, 2009 06:47:22 PM »

these look great!!
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« Reply #42 on: December 20, 2009 09:39:13 PM »

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I love these pillows so much! I'm going to make them for my room.
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