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« on: January 18, 2012 05:29:43 PM »

Freezer paper, if only it were as easy as going to the supermarket and picking a roll up off the shelf.  It is very expensive here, if you can find it.  I saw a tute on instructables about making your own from regular paper and plastic bags, so I thought why not, I have bags and paper.  It came out so well.  I just have a question, do you take the stencil off before the paint dries, I left it on, and it pulled at the fabric a bit.  I love it, hubby loves it too, and my little guy looks pleased as well .

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012 11:11:04 PM »

I pull my stencil off while its still wet.  Seems to come off easier that way.

« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012 11:42:32 PM »

I wait until the paint's dry to take mine off. That way if I need to add another layer of paint I can (especially helpful when doing white paint on black fabric), plus I figure  there's less of a chance of the paint running past the stencil or smearing that way.

It does pull a little when taking it off after the paint's dry so I just make sure to be careful and slow when taking it off.

How did you do it with the paper and bag? I have a roll of freezer paper (also expensive where I live, but luckily there's a ton on the roll so it lasts forever), but it'd be nice to be able to just print and image from the computer and cut the stencil out without having to trace it over to the freezer paper.

Your shirt came out great, looks like your boy loved it.

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2012 10:38:19 AM »

This is the tute I saw on instructables, the poster uses air mail paper (not sure what that is tho).  In step 6 they mention regular printer paper so I used that.  It is a bit hit and miss with the type of bag that works.  I used a quite heave duty one from a hardware store, or black rubbish bags are about the same weight.


It was great printing right onto the paper, then iron the bag to the back, I placed a piece of baking paper underneath so i didn't accidentally fuse it to my ironing board.  I was so excited when I found it had worked and was ranting to hubby about how I am going to have to stencil everything now.
Thanks for your comments. That is a good tip about waiting to see if you need an extra layer, lets just say I need to work on my brush technique. 

« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012 04:48:41 PM »

Cool, thanks. I'll have to give it a try that way. And this technique is definately addicting. its so easy to make custom stuff this way, and its also easy enough that (except for the ironing) kids can do it too. Or if they're too young to cut they can still draw their own design and you cut it and then they have their artwork on their shirt, I've done that with my neices, they loved it.

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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2012 11:19:48 AM »

Both the onesie and your son are adorable! Grin

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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2012 02:15:01 PM »

I think airmail paper is just very thin and light paper.

Freezer paper is the best, a tip for tracing, tape the printed image to a window and the paper on top, makes tracing easy....or don't print, tape freezer paper to your computer screen to draw the stencil...

You could always do a personal swap with someone in the US for some freezer paper, or do a swap and ask them to put a few sheets in the bottom of the package! I am not crazy about the idea of melting plastic in that way ( the fumes are not good for you)

I love personal swaps,  I print a lot of random fabric, usually with no purpose in mind.  let me know if you want any of it.

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