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« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2007 11:55:39 AM »

I have looked for directions for cutting out "islands" I think they are called, but didn't come up with anything really clear.  I would appreciate a tout...( My son has zapped all of my brain cells so I appreciate all of the help)
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2007 02:56:09 PM »

So cute!

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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2007 04:59:07 PM »

If you could post pics of how you did this, I would appreciate it!


love the tea towels!  I want to stencils some stuff for my little monster soon! 

I'm sure there are many tutorials out there that explain it way better than I ever could, but I will be happy to throw something together when I get off work.

Halidays, here's my stab at a tutorial.  I hope this helps...

1) Gather your materials:

-image printed (or traced) on freezer paper
-towel/shirt/whatever you want to be painted
-Xacto knife and scissors
-paintbrushes (the foam kind works well for large surfaces, but you'll also need a finer one for more detailed areas...make sure the brush has very stiff bristles)
-fabric paint
-cutting mat (or whatever you want to use to protect your surface from the Xacto knife blade)
-cardboard (or whatever you want to use to protect your surface from paint bleeds)
Here is a close up of my original image (from stencilry.org):

2)  Cut:

3)  And cut:

Notice the black section that I have cut away.  This is what I want to be painted on my surface.

4)  Cut out the facial features and arrange on your surface:

I did this very quickly.  Your image will look much nicer than mine once it's all cut out.   Smiley  You should be able to see now that the pink area is what will be painted black.

5)  Look back at the original photo.  See the little white areas in his eyes and on the scruffy mark on his head?  In this case, they are large enough to cut out and iron on to my surface.  See?:

6)  Now iron everything down securely.  With freezer paper, make sure it is shiny side down and press the iron firmly for a few seconds.  Check to make sure it is stuck in place and then paint.  Peel the paper away and you get this:

I really hope this made sense...


« Reply #23 on: August 29, 2007 05:36:42 PM »

That's a great tutorial! Thanks!!

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« Reply #24 on: August 29, 2007 06:35:37 PM »

Thanks for the tute! They're so cute!

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« Reply #25 on: August 30, 2007 01:43:37 PM »

i already mentioned i love these  Grin - but i do have a quick quetion...
Is freezer paper the same thing as parchment paper?  (I can't seem to find freezer paper ANYWHERE!) 
« Reply #26 on: August 30, 2007 02:38:20 PM »

i already mentioned i love these  Grin - but i do have a quick quetion...
Is freezer paper the same thing as parchment paper?  (I can't seem to find freezer paper ANYWHERE!) 

Nope, they're not the same.  It specifically has to be freezer paper because it comes with one side coated in plastic.  This plastic coating melts (??-I guess that's what happens Smiley) onto your surface when you iron it and then peels off cleanly.  This gives you a nice, clean edge when you paint.

I had to look around a little for freezer paper, but I finally found some at Kroger.  I'm not sure where you're located, but Kroger is just a big grocery store.  I would guess that any major grocery store would carry it.  I found it in the section with the plastic bags/freezer paper stuff.  The good thing is that it comes in a giant roll, so you'll never run out.

« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2007 03:32:25 PM »

Thanks!  No Krogers around here (Canada) but will check the local supermarket later.   Grin
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« Reply #28 on: August 31, 2007 08:14:23 AM »

I adore these and you've given me yet another inspiration for Christmas presents!!!! I have some natural dye recipes that I was wanting to try out...this would be the perfect occasion!!!! Go cupcakes couples!!!

« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2007 04:27:31 PM »

Thanks so much for the tout!  I have made 3 shirts so far and wouldn't have been able to do it without your help!

Thanks so much
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