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Topic: Catch-22 (book, not the band) messenger bag stencil... my first stencil effort!  (Read 2246 times)
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« on: June 02, 2005 11:45:49 AM »

This is my first stencilling effort, and I have a feeling I'm going to become an addict....

The art is from the cover of my favorite book ever, 'Catch-22' (read it!).  The bag is from the dollar store... just a basic messenger bag. Used acrylic paints, a sponge paintbrush, and a really crappy old paintbrush for the white outline.

In hindsight, I guess the bag should have been blue, but oh well.

Here's the stencil, after taking the cover, making it b&w, and resizing it. (I'm too lazy to post the plane... sorry)

...And here's the finished product:

Thanks for looking!

Oh, any tips on how to get the paint (the red filler on my design) a little more even? Maybe a roller brush? And will ironing it set the (acrylic) paint pretty permanently, say if I used it on a T-shirt?
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2005 05:55:08 PM »

That looks really nice, and I'm jealous that you got your bag at the dollar store, I never find anything good.

As for the red, a roller brush would help with that. I don't know if you meant on the stencil you posted or just for other stencils you may do...trying it on the one you have could be risky though. Rollers soak up a lot of paint but they put down an even coat. I'm not sure if you used freezer paper, because your lines look crisp enough to have used it, but it's also really helpful for future reference if you didn't use it.  Yes, ironing will help set your stencil  permanently (although I've never stenciled with just acrylic paint, I mix the paint with a textile medium and the directions on the bottle say to iron...but you should be fine if you iron it quite a bit). You started out really well, it looks great!


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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2005 11:23:06 PM »

That's one of my most favorite books too.  I love the bomber you added in.

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2005 12:38:41 AM »

a roller might help a bit, but the problem is more that the paint is absorbing into the fabric. doing two coats, letting the paint dry in between coats, should help that.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2005 05:14:17 AM »

I adore that book!  For weeks after I read it, I pestered all my friends to read it, too.  I don't think they ever did, though.  *sigh*  Anyway, it doesn't matter because you did and now you have made a super fabulous messenger bag!  Really lovely work!  I have no suggestions to offer on setting the paint or anything, though, since I haven't done any stenciling on textiles (yet).

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