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« on: February 11, 2012 02:51:09 PM »

I'm currently participating in the simple/easy craft swap and my partner wanted a stencilled tshirt, however I had never done it before so wasn't really sure where to start. Thanks to the awesome tutorials all over this board I managed to cobble something together for my partner and ended up getting totally addicted in the process!

This is my second stencil project - a tshirt for myself! I generally never craft for myself so it is a nice little treat  Cheesy I've got 100 stencil ideas running around in my head but to start I decided to go ahead with Nikola Tesla, the famous scientist/inventor. I don't have a printer so I had to sketch this by hand (whilst looking at my photoshop image) so it isn't perfect but I'm so happy with it!



I bought a very small pot of fabric paint thinking I was only going to use it for my swap and unfortunately it ran out while doing this shirt so I'm going to have to buy vast quantities now to satisfy this new addiction  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012 03:04:22 PM »

That is such a cool stencil!
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012 03:44:54 PM »

I think this shirt is electrifying. Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2012 04:36:24 PM »

That is so great! I've heard other people on Craftster say that they put blank paper on the computer monitor and trace the image that way, like a light box.  No printer, no problem!  Your sketch is amazing, but tracing might be faster.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2012 07:13:10 PM »

What an awsome idea for a shirt!

I was just about to suggest the paper on computer monitor thing that Leslieshappyheart said too, I do it that way all the time becasue I cant draw freehand to save my life, and then I save all my drawings in a folder so I can go back if I ever want to do that design again.

Also, if you're planning on doing a lot of fabric painting. You might wanna try getting a bottle of textile medium. Delta Ceramcoat makes it and its about $5 at the craft store for a 8oz bottle (depending on what store you go to its either in with the t-shirt decorating stuff or in with the acrylic paints and crackle mediums and that stuff). What you do is mix 1 part textile medium with 2 parts plain ol acrylic paint and then after its dry iron it to heat set and in my experience it lasts just as long as regular fabric paint. It ends up being cheaper that way since acrylic paint's cheaper than fabric paint and I've even mixed it with glitter paint and metalic paint and it comes out great.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012 02:10:53 AM »

Thanks so much for the tips! I have traced things on my screen before but ended up getting a lecture from my husband about all the pixels I'd be killing so now I avoid doing it when he's around Wink I'll definitely do it for more complicated stencils tho!

And thanks so much for the tip about textile medium. I had seen it referenced on Craftster before but wasn't 100% sure what it was all about. I have a boat load of acrylic paint just sitting there so this sounds like the perfect use.
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2012 11:24:49 AM »

Wow, your shirt is so cool! Tesla is awesome... Grin
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