Today on I Love to Create it’s Stencil 101. Thought stencils only came in the shape of ivy vines and came in pastel colors? Clearly you have not flipped through a copy of Stencil 101 and seen the amazing range of colors and paints from Tulip!
I first met Mr. Ed Roth at the summer CHA show in Chicago, Illinois last year when he stopped by the Duncan booth to say hello. Here we all are Me, Ed, Kathy Cano Murillo, Jenny Hart and Hope Perkins thick as thieves. I already heard about his company Stencil 1 and his book Stencil 101, but had yet to get my hot little hands on a copy. Now that I have I don’t ever want to let it go or set it down.
Stencil 101 is in the same vein as say Jenny Hart’s Craft Pad. It’s not a craft book with lots of example pictures and step by step instructions it is a book literally of stencils and a brief overview on how best to use them. The stencils can be used with any number of different paints and placed on several different textures. Want a stencil of a boom box on your wall or a poodle on your favorite skirt? Stencil 101 can make it happen.
Being fond of the wearable arts myself I decided to try my hand at a few of the projects in Stencil 101. Sit back, relax and enjoy my crafty adventure. Hopefully you will be inspired to pick up a copy of the book and you can win the fabric paint at the end of this post just by leaving a comment!
The Buck Blouse
I got the idea for this technique from the Average Jane Crafter blog. She had made a T-shirt using Tulip Cool Color Spray for Fabric so I thought I would give it a try since the author does suggest an airbrushing technique and a spray bottle of paint was the closest thing I had. Following the books instructions I chose a light colored cotton top and a darker color paint. I first applied a very light coat of Aleene’s Tack-It Over & Over Glue to the back of my stencil and then placed it on my blouse. The theory was that this glue would stick the stencil in place, but at the same time allow me to peel it up when I was finished.
Once the stencil was firmly in place and I had pieces of cardboard between the front and back of the shirt to prevent bleeding I sprayed my teal fabric paint lightly over the shirt. I used several coats.
My report is that the glue worked really great holding the stencil down. The instructions in Stencil 101 mention that this is a dry brush technique and the Tulip Cool Color Spray for Fabric is pretty wet, but it didn’t seem to be an incompatibility. The end result turned out rad and my brand new buck blouse was born.
Headphones Hottie Skirt
I love the look of contrasting fabric appliqués against pattered clothing and my Headphone Hottie skirt is the perfect example. First I chose the skirt and the fabric to stencil on.
Using painters tape I stuck my stencil down to my appliqué fabric. Using Tulip Soft Fabric Paint and a sponge brush I applied two coats of paint allowing drying time in-between. Once the paint had dried completely I cut out my appliqué and placed on my skirt using Aleene’s Liquid Fusible Web to hold in place. Once the fusible web had dried and been ironed into place I embroidered the edge for extra contrast using red floss.
One of my favorite things about this book is the hip designs. I love the concept of stencils, but they are never my style or something I would dream of using on my clothing or in my home. Ed Roth has come up with a winning combination of stencils with designs ranging from urban-cool to naturally organic with his awesome book Stencil 101 from Chronicle Books. The stencils easily tear out from perforated pages and there is a pocket on the back cover of the book to hold your used stencils. One word of warning that I learned the hard way, even though the stencils feel like plastic, they are not. In other words don’t pop them in your sink for a quick rinse off or you will ruin them.
Now for the part you have been waiting for – the contest! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about Stencil 101 and stenciling in general. Do you have a copy of the book – what do you think? What is your favorite method of stenciling? You have one week to give me the stencil gossip and then I will pick one lucky blogger to win a set of Tulip Cool Color Spray for Fabric in 3 fun colors!
Tune in tomorrow to see how handy Stencil 101 comes in at a Onesie making party. Every baby needs outfits with pictures of apes, muscle cars and sumo wrestlers!
***This is a sponsored post by I Love to Create – I was compensated & given free supplies. Mama has gotta pay the bills somehow and really who in their right mind would say no to free craft supplies***