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1  Bizarre Stencil Request in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by Poser Meow on: November 18, 2005 10:18:00 AM
Okay, so I'm sitting at work today, won't be near a printer tonight, and need to have this shirt ready to go by tomorrow. Would any of you lovely ladies and/or gents be willing to change this into a stencil for me? Don't worry about the lettering or the thingy around the statue... I'm really more worried about the pecan and the pedestal. Oh, and try to ignore the van back there, if you can. hmm... let me put a couple photos up, actually.

World's Largest Pecan. That's right, baby.  Wink

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2  Re: The most random stencil requirement ever? in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by Poser Meow on: March 16, 2005 06:08:50 PM
I have one of an owl with a lollipop. Hope it helps.

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3  Terrycloth Tube Dress? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Poser Meow on: February 10, 2005 09:10:37 AM
Okay, so I want to make this tube dress for a friend of mine who's going to the coast for Spring Break... but is it really as simple as it seems? Any tips would be appreciated... and I've never sewn with terrycloth.. there's not much too it, is there? Thanks so much!!

I like this one, but I don't want to do a smocked bodice. I'd rather have the bodice like the one below this one.

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4  Got a guy overseas? in Completed Projects by Poser Meow on: February 09, 2005 09:57:31 PM
Well, the downside of this project is that I gave it to my little stepbrother, since he left for Iraq today. But the good part about it is he has no excuse not to write me now. Sneaky sister.

I basically just took some cheap upholstery fabric from Wal-Mart, made sure it would fold twice, and then put pockets everywhere to stick stuff, like the notebook, envelopes, pens, and deck of cards. Then, on the outside, since it was dull-looking, I stenciled on a little army guy with a beret. I made the stencil myself. (yay me!)

It's a simple thing, but I hope you guys like it.

edited to actually put the pictures in my post.
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5  Jazzzzy Bass Stencil (Brief tutorial included) in Stenciling: Completed Projects by Poser Meow on: January 16, 2005 09:25:21 AM
I got this stencil from http://www.stencilrevolution.com and totally fell in love with it. I've done a few other stenciled shirts before, but nothing this intricate.

First I taped the stencil down on top of some freezer paper, and taped both of those pieces onto my little cutting mat thing. Then I went to town cutting out the black pieces. I had to be really careful around the strings and stuff, as you can imagine.


Next I mixed up the paint that I wanted... I was using this black top I had found at Goodwill a few hours before ($4.99!!), and I thought the picture would look really rad in gold.. but, the only acrylic gold paint I had was actually supposed to be used on metal... but I used it anyway, mixing 2 parts paint with 1 part textile medium ($5.50 @ Garden Ridge). 

I ironed the freezer paper onto my shirt, sticky side down. Be sure to put a piece of cardboard underneath your shirt so the paint won't run through! I actually had a few little white pieces that had either came apart from the big stencil or were "floaters," not connected to the stencil at all. So I had to be sure to place those pretty carefully. I'm always paranoid about bleeding, so I iron that sucker down really well, even if it means taking extra time to peel it off in the end. This, I think, is the secret to stenciling.
After ironing it down, I started the painting process. First, one coat:


Using the tricks I learned from fellow Craftsters, I know you can't drag the foam brush over the fabric/stencil... instead, you have to "smoosh" it gently, using the angled bit of the foam. Also, less is definitely more. Don't load up the brush with too much paint. You can always do more coats after the previous one dries... take time with these shirts if you really want them to look good. Then, the second/third coat:


I went and ran around during the day, so I left my shirt sitting on the ironing board to dry while I was busy. When I returned that afternoon to start getting ready for a artist's gallery opening, I peeled back the freezer paper to reveal my creation. Make sure the paint is completely dry when peeling, and use toothpicks or the exacto knife to pick off the little bits. Behold!


Damn, I looked sexy last night. Any Questions?
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