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lookagnome
« on: July 07, 2008 06:25:11 AM »

i know he's out of the race, but my husband and I are still huge ron paul fans. i just started stencilling again so i thought i'd give some shirts a go.



i'm really happy with the way they turned out, especially since i just made it up as i went along and kind of made up my own technique to make them reusable. i always hated spending an hour cutting out a stencil i could only use once or maybe twice.

i hope you like them. comments/criticism appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008 07:06:08 AM »

Neat shirt! I like the play on words/letters.

Do tell ... what is your new technique?  Huh I hope it's some way to reuse a freezer paper stencil; I spent 4+ hours cutting a very intricate angel stencil on freezer paper and now wish I had used stencil plastic/overhead transparancy instead. I would really like to be able to use my stencil again, without having to re-cut it.   Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008 07:08:30 AM »

Those are cool! I LOVE the LOVE! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008 07:21:38 AM »

Ahhhhh!!!! *want want want*

When giving directions to my apartment, I end with "it's the one with the four-foot Ron Paul sign in the window. You can't miss it."

...and nobody ever does miss it.
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jessimocha
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2008 07:27:47 AM »

what a creative and brilliant play on words! i love it! Smiley

i would also like to know your new way. i bought freezer paper but haven't stenciled anything intricate cuz i want to be able to use it again and again if i put that much work in.
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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008 07:46:23 AM »

Taxes are retarded, and these shirts are AWESOME. 

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I 3V0J Capitalism and Minarchism so naturally, I 3V0J Ron Paul.

I will never cease to be amazed at how incredible his campaign was. It was so... authentic and self-propelled. It's grassroots news, hand-painted signs and home-made t-shirts that keep me interested in American politics. So thanks. 
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karataylor
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2008 08:07:37 AM »

They look super clean - great job!

And I'd like to join the list of interested in your new stencil technique.
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lookagnome
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2008 08:14:35 AM »

Ahhhhh!!!! *want want want*

When giving directions to my apartment, I end with "it's the one with the four-foot Ron Paul sign in the window. You can't miss it."

...and nobody ever does miss it.

ooh ooh put me down for one of those signs! lol, i love that.

Taxes are retarded, and these shirts are AWESOME. 

Grin

I 3V0J Capitalism and Minarchism so naturally, I 3V0J Ron Paul.

I will never cease to be amazed at how incredible his campaign was. It was so... authentic and self-propelled. It's grassroots news, hand-painted signs and home-made t-shirts that keep me interested in American politics. So thanks. 

i totally agree. too bad he got entirely shut out my the mainstream media. if you look at the google trends of paul compared to mccain, it's absolutely ridiculous how biased the news stories are in comparison with the internet interest.

anyways, here's the way i made the stencils
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i printed them on a piece of card stock paper and cut out rectangles around them, like any stencil. then to make them reusable i covered the front and back with packaging tape (the clear kind). and then i cut out the stencils with an xacto and sprayed the back with a stencil adhesive-- the kind that says it can be picked up and repositioned as needed. i used textile medium and acrylic paint and then as soon as it was a little bit dry i peeled the stencil off and wiped it off with a wet paper towel, so that when i stuck it down on another shirt it wouldn't bleed. then i just resprayed with adhesive and repeated, and the stencils are still in perfect condition to be used at least ten more times. if a little piece looks like it's going to fall off (RP's face is a little flimsy), i plan to use a little more packaging tape to secure where the bit is connected to the bulk of the stencil.

i don't know a way to save a freezer paper stencil, sorry! but i hope this was helpful (i can do an illustrated tutorial if this isn't clear)

edit: ps. here's the larger version of the image-- to show the cleanness of the lines
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karataylor
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2008 08:45:02 AM »

i printed them on a piece of card stock paper and cut out rectangles around them, like any stencil. then to make them reusable i covered the front and back with packaging tape (the clear kind). and then i cut out the stencils with an xacto and sprayed the back with a stencil adhesive-- the kind that says it can be picked up and repositioned as needed. i used textile medium and acrylic paint and then as soon as it was a little bit dry i peeled the stencil off and wiped it off with a wet paper towel, so that when i stuck it down on another shirt it wouldn't bleed. then i just resprayed with adhesive and repeated, and the stencils are still in perfect condition to be used at least ten more times. if a little piece looks like it's going to fall off (RP's face is a little flimsy), i plan to use a little more packaging tape to secure where the bit is connected to the bulk of the stencil.


Hmm, I wonder if it would be any easier or more effective to use, like, contact paper instead of packaging tape? I've had trouble with smooth surfaces of packaging tape in the past. Or maybe a combination of the two.

But thanks for the directions!
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lookagnome
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2008 09:19:29 AM »

i printed them on a piece of card stock paper and cut out rectangles around them, like any stencil. then to make them reusable i covered the front and back with packaging tape (the clear kind). and then i cut out the stencils with an xacto and sprayed the back with a stencil adhesive-- the kind that says it can be picked up and repositioned as needed. i used textile medium and acrylic paint and then as soon as it was a little bit dry i peeled the stencil off and wiped it off with a wet paper towel, so that when i stuck it down on another shirt it wouldn't bleed. then i just resprayed with adhesive and repeated, and the stencils are still in perfect condition to be used at least ten more times. if a little piece looks like it's going to fall off (RP's face is a little flimsy), i plan to use a little more packaging tape to secure where the bit is connected to the bulk of the stencil.


Hmm, I wonder if it would be any easier or more effective to use, like, contact paper instead of packaging tape? I've had trouble with smooth surfaces of packaging tape in the past. Or maybe a combination of the two.

But thanks for the directions!

i thought about that but i have had problems with contact paper not being so sticky. the great thing about packaging tape is it's really thin and really sticky so you don't have to worry about the blade pulling up bits of the tape. also you don't have to worry about bits of paint getting between the layers and making it ripple. give it a try, though-- it couldnt hurt!

(and about the smooth surface problem, i know what you mean. i just laid the strips of tape flat, sticky side up on a table, and then pushed the stencil down quickly and used the handle of a scissor to push out any air bubbles. they weren't totally flat but the bits that weren't didn't seem to make a difference on the stencil)
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