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Topic: Go go Spiderman and Mario T-Shirts!  (Read 3105 times)
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« on: August 14, 2011 06:21:20 PM »

It was my nephew's 6th birthday party today.  Along w/ a cake, I also made him two shirts w/ a couple of his favorite subjects on them.  I did the freezer paper method of stenciling.  The first that I made was Spiderman, using a pictures I found on the interwebs. 


I unfortunately didn't take any progress shots of this one.  I did three layers of stenciling.  I did the red first, then blue, then black.  I added in the details (including all the spiderwebs) by hand w/ a paint brush. 

I did, thankfully, get progress shots of the Mario shirt.  For the Mario shirt, I had Mario coming out of a warp pipe from the bottom of the shirt.  I, again, found my images online.
I started w/ the pipe.


So the first layer was regular green and the second layer of stenciling was a lighter green for shading.


Here is what it looked like w/ the two colors.


Next I put on the black outlines.  Afterwards, I cleaned it up a bit w/ the stenciling.  The layers get a little messy when they are applied on top of each other, but they are easily fixed.

Next was mario!  I didn't really have a clear way of adding the layers.  I kinda just cut out the layers as I thought fit, and not in certain blocks of colors like I normally do. 


I started out w/ Mario's hat, boots, mustache and side burn.  Next was the white on his hat, his top white glove, overalls, and the soles of his boots.


Then I added his mouth, shirt, and buttons.  The next layer was the M on his hat, his skin, and the bottom glove. 


I then did a stencil for the thick layer of black that went all the way around Mario, and I didn't take a picture of that step.  Afterwards, I added the rest of the black details on Mario's body by hand and cleaned up any of the areas that needed cleaning up.


TADA!  Mario shirt!  (yes, I did hum the Mario theme song to myself as I made this.)

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011 06:31:54 PM »

Really really great. What kind of paint I want to try this. Was the freezwe paper like wax or butcher paper? I love this. Must expand my crafty mind. LOL Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011 06:54:11 PM »

These are amazing! I am scared to try freezer paper stencilling but these are so neat I may just have to try. Well done!
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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011 07:48:27 PM »

Mario. Shirt. !!! I'm in love Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011 07:57:31 PM »

You mastered the art of paper stencil How do you achieve lines so clearly defined?
Lucky nephew. Maybe you would adopt me as your niece, aunty, grandma, whatever...
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2011 07:18:08 AM »

Thanks everyone for your kind words!

Really really great. What kind of paint I want to try this. Was the freezwe paper like wax or butcher paper? I love this. Must expand my crafty mind. LOL Grin

I used fabric paint and a foamy brush/foundation sponge/regular sponge to apply the paint.  Freezer paper is a combination of butcher paper and wax paper.  Its something of its own.  You can find it in the same area as the wax paper and parchment paper.  It has a waxy side on only one side, and when you cut our your design you leave the waxy side down and then iron it onto your shirt after you cut our your design.

These are amazing! I am scared to try freezer paper stencilling but these are so neat I may just have to try. Well done!

I was scared to try it, too.  This is only my 5th and 6th time at it, and i found it an amazingly fun and easy way to do it.  Try a simply design to start off with.

You mastered the art of paper stencil How do you achieve lines so clearly defined?
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After the stenciling I usually clean up anything with a regular small fine tipped brush.  I fill in here and there to make the lines look nicer.  I freehanded the lines inside of Mario, and all the small lines around and in Spiderman.  I find its easier that way then having to iron on a million little pieces and with all the color the paint might bleed anyway.  This way is easier and cleaner.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2011 08:07:43 AM »

Wow,those shirts look amazing! Kudos to you! Grin

I've done some stencils myself with spraypaint,not on fabric though just canvas. Unfortunately freezer paper,as far as I know,isn't for sale in over here in The Netherlands Sad...but I'll think I'm gonna buy some from ebay.
Anyway...I was wondering how you got the layers lined up so well? Do you have a technique for that?
Also what brand of fabric paint do you use?...do you thin it with water or just apply it as it comes straight out of the bottle? Would regular acrylics+textile medium work too (also on the long term)?
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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011 09:04:55 AM »

Wow,those shirts look amazing! Kudos to you! Grin

I've done some stencils myself with spraypaint,not on fabric though just canvas. Unfortunately freezer paper,as far as I know,isn't for sale in over here in The Netherlands Sad...but I'll think I'm gonna buy some from ebay.
Anyway...I was wondering how you got the layers lined up so well? Do you have a technique for that?
Also what brand of fabric paint do you use?...do you thin it with water or just apply it as it comes straight out of the bottle? Would regular acrylics+textile medium work too (also on the long term)?

Thanks!

I don't really have a method for lining up the layers.  I just try my best!  And besides, if you don't get it exact, its not too big of a deal, because you can always go and clean it up at the end.  Fill in where ever it needs filling in and whatnot.

I use Tulip Soft Fabric Paint.  I don't water it down or anything, I generally just squirt some onto a paper plate and dab it on with a little sponge that you use to put makeup on (those triangle ones for foundation).  I haven't used the acrylics and the textile medium yet, though I do have some that I've been meaning to play around with.
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« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2011 01:15:36 PM »

Thanks! Well then you did a really good job with lining up on a hunch;)
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« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011 02:17:05 PM »

Thanks! Well then you did a really good job with lining up on a hunch;)

lol, thanks!  ^_^  You can see through the freezer paper a little, but I just do a little wiggling to try to get it perfect before I iron it.  You can get pretty good control w/ freezer paper.
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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2011 09:37:59 AM »

This looks so professional! I love the Mario shirt! I'm dressing up as him for Halloween haha.
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2011 10:13:53 AM »

Yet another question...how did you get the colored paint from the spiderman images to take so well on the dark fabric?
I'm currently doing a black fabric shirt for a Christmas present,at least I'm trying to,I've mixed some blue acrylic with a textile medium but now it's dry after 2layers there's no blue showing up...still looks like black:(

What to do now?....paint it over with a layer of only blue acrylic no textile medium (will it mix with the previous textile medium layers,once it's ironed?cause I don't want it to disappear once it get's washed)
Or...paint it over with a white layer (with or without textile medium?) let it dry, and then again with blue.
The fabrics already kinda stiff from the previous 2layers.

Or could it perhaps be that I used to0 much textile medium?...that the blue pigments got too watered down?though it says on the bottle to mix it 1:1.

Anybody any ideas?
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« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2011 01:28:16 PM »

Personally, I've never used acrylics with the textile medium.  I've only used fabric paint and it seems to cover really well.  Perhaps the blue you are using is too dark and so its not as distinguishable from the black.  The blue that I used was pretty bright.  I would say that you might be using too much textile medium, because generally acrylic paints do a good job covering dark colors pretty well, too.  Or you could try lightening up the color that you are using.

Maybe you should try the fabric paint. I only have like 5 or 6 colors, and they aren't expensive.  I just mix colors if I want something different.
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2011 03:31:28 PM »

Thanx 4 the tips!
I used a bright oceanblue color. Atm I don't have the resources to buy textile paint,so I think I'm gonna try again with the blue but this time I'm gonna use just a few drops of textile medium and not mix it 1:1 like suggested at the bottle.
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« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2012 09:54:52 AM »

Wow, great job.  That is the neatest stenciling I have ever seen.  So well done.  Great job.
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