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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ipod cover stencil on: November 03, 2006 03:26:46 AM
When you're in the fabric paint/wood paint aisle, read the backs of the paint bottles to see if you can use it on leather. I'm thinking that maybe the paints in the woodcrafting aisle or the ceramic/wall stenciling aisles of any craft store would have something. Worse comes to worse, grab one of those roaming people with the aprons and demand they tell you where to find such paint. Smiley

For a sealer/top coat, look in the fine arts section. It'd be in an aerosol can. Again, read the back and see which one will work for you. I've used one of those on a plastic-y surface before (slightly flexible) and it worked just fine.

Hope this helps!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Photo into stencil for scarf (to replace stolen one) on: August 20, 2006 04:26:37 PM
So, back in December I posted this lovely gift that I made for my best friend: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=65841.msg621846#msg621846.

She's the lead singer for Saving Jane, and during one show, between sets, some teenage girl with no morals climbed up on stage and stole this scarf off of her microphone stand. Somehow, security was never able to catch this person.

Marti was pretty upset about it, as was I, for sentimental reasons. SO...I turned a photo of us into a stencil and attached (iron-on fabric) a poem about friendship.

It's the first time I've tried to make a stencil out of a photo. I used PaintShop Pro and adjusted the Threshold settings. Worked pretty well, but not with every photo. I guess it depends.

I'm mailing this to her tomorrow, so I hope she likes the replacement!

3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Freebie tote bag into flower-ific wonder on: August 20, 2006 07:50:21 AM
One of my co-workers had me transform this tote bag she got from a conference. I covered up the logo on the front pocket with a cool polka dot pattern I found on a napkin at Target and made stencils from old botany-book-looking flower stencils (some from stencilry, some from Google images search). I thought the mod polka dots were a nice contrast to the old-fashioned flower images.

The last time I attached fabric to a front tote pocket it was a b!tch to sew, so this time I brushed on E-6000 glue around the edges. That stuff holds! I don't think you can wash it, though. I used it on the back of the single polka dots, too.

4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Foo Fighters (colour and the shape) T-shirt on: July 25, 2006 11:56:23 AM
Sweet! Did you use freezer paper? Your lines are really clean, and I find that freezer paper is the best for that (of the materials I've tried so far).

Great job!!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 'Daily Show' onesie for baby gift on: July 22, 2006 02:27:47 PM
My friend and her husband are NUTS about Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show', so I thought this stenciled onesie would be the perfect gift for their soon-to-be-born baby boy.

I know he'll grow out of it in about, oh, 8 minutes, but it'll sure make a statement. Smiley

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: anti-bush and peace. on: July 03, 2006 08:42:35 PM
LOVE IT! "W...tf"

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Discussion and Questions / Re: Corduroy on: June 29, 2006 05:25:20 AM
I stenciled a courduroy patch once, and also ribbed knit fabric, which was a very similar experience.

I had no troubles with stencil bleeding (I use freezer paper), but since you're technically not supposed to iron the front side of courduroy, be careful to cover any exposed parts of the fabric that are beyond the edges of the stencil. I used scrap fabric to cover the areas outside the boundaries of the freezer paper.

You do need to iron it on really well to avoid bleeding, and be sure to get the paint in the crevices between the wales. Have a toothpick or tiny brush handy.

All in all, it should turn out fine!! Let me know. Smiley
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Two-layer, five-hour Lucinda Williams extravaganza! on: June 28, 2006 02:14:23 PM
Holy dang! Are you blind yet? I swear, sometimes stenciling reminds me of how all those women went blind making lace in the 1800s.

Smiley  This seriously looks great, though. Well done!
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: first proper tshirt! on: June 16, 2006 05:25:56 AM
That shirt looks PERFECT on him! Smiley  You did an awesome job.
10  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: There's a horse on my cardigan on: June 14, 2006 05:23:57 AM
I got the stencil from Stencilry (all hail!) in the "Animals" section.

Oh, and last night I moved one step further into the digital world and purchased a dot-com domain for my eventual shop/crafty site, which I will build in connection with Etsy.

I seriously applaud all you craftsters who have Etsy shops and the like. I don't know how you find time to do it! Smiley
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