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« on: August 26, 2008 09:56:30 AM »

I tried the freezer paper stencil technique on a tote last week, and loved it so much, I made another.  I used acrylics with a dab of fabric medium mixed in.  When I went to heat-set it, the paint was all mottled and uneven (??).... well, you'll see.....





I like how it looks kind of old and worn, but I may not always want it to look like this, and wonder why it did that.  Can anyone help??
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008 10:01:19 AM »

Cute bag by the way.

I think it is that you didn't have an even amount of paint when you painted it but I could be wrong.
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008 10:40:32 AM »

Oh my goodness I LOVE THAT BAG!!!!!

Now that I have gotten that out of the way - I have had that same problem before and I think it was that I didn't mix the fabric medium and paint together very well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008 03:28:00 PM »

I'm sorry I don't have an answer to your question but had to say I LOVE the bag! Did you use a pattern to make it? I'd really like to make one like it, but with a patchwork of fabrics.
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2008 03:37:42 PM »

Thanks for your help!  I'm thinking maybe it was the uneven paint.  I dabbed it on, and some places had more, but I was afraid to wipe it off and accidentally end up pushing paint under the stencil.   Undecided  I also wondered if old paint would do this?  I don't know if the paint I used was old or not, but I have a lot of bottles, and could have grabbed an old one. ...?

crafty-minou, I just made my own pattern to fit the size I wanted (big enough for binders & books) but used this tutorial for general instructions:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0
I did change a few things to fit my needs, but it's nice for a starting point!  I made this bag from all recycled clothing. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2008 11:32:10 AM »

I've had a lot of problems with acrylic and fabric medium. I would recommend using fabric paint, not the cheapo pen kind, the kind that comes in little 2.5 oz bottles for about $3-5 each. I've never had a problem with actual fabric paint, it also doesn't bleed as readily as I've found acrylic and medium do.
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2008 02:11:48 PM »

Thanks, MLJHydro -- I'll definitely give the fabric paint a try.  I'm willing to spend more $ on better paint if I'm going through all the trouble of stenciling anyway!  And I'm really loving the freezer paper technique!  Do you have a favorite brand you recommend?
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2008 06:25:30 AM »

I don't remember the brand but the ones I use that I really like are at Michael's and at Hobby Lobby with the acrylic paints.
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