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jen_a_s
« on: August 24, 2008 05:28:10 PM »

Hi- I tried searching the board but couldn't find specific info for my problem-
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/help_.jpg
Here is my wee Lon Chaney stencil (modelled here by my husband) - It has some blotchy, uneven spots in the paint, and the edges aren't great.  
Should I just leave it as is ?  
I corrected some of the edges with a black sharpie, but I'm worried that if I try to reapply the stencil and apply more paint layers, I will just make a huge mess.
Advice and opinions would be appreciated- I really have no idea what I'm doing.  
Thanks so much!
PS I think the image is public domain, so I didn't post the link to the original image... I just found it via google and simplified it via photoshop.  Let me know if you think I'm being a bad-copyright-person.
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MLJHydro
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2008 12:15:05 PM »

I think it looks good as is, kind of worn and awesome.
However, and I totally sound like a marketer for fabric paint companies, I would recommend using fabric paint instead of acrylic with fabric medium. Fabric paints give you cleaner lines and more even coverage. I use Jacquard brand paints. The little 2.5 oz pot goes a long way and they're pretty inexpensive. They also have a metallic line that I just love.
Good luck!
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jen_a_s
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2008 06:01:55 AM »

Thanks!  I ended up taking a black sharpie to the worst of the sloppy edge bits, then called it a day.
I'll try Jacquard next time... I was unimpressed with the quality vs price of the paint I went with this time. 
(can't remember the brand name)
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