I'm in love. Or obsessed. Maybe both. Freezer paper stenciling is so FUN! And addictive. My friend Sarah and I decided to see what the big deal was and to jump the learning curve together this past week. We bought fabric paint, freezer paper, and fresh x-acto knives. We armed ourselves with SouleMama's post about freezer paper stenciling (In looking for the link, I just realized I copied her post title in my last post! Oops. Maybe I remembered it in my subconscious. Or maybe freezer paper stenciling is just THAT good!). We also opened my copy of The Creative Family to Amanda's chapter about it.
First we printed out cool images from the web that we wanted to stencil. A bird for me as well as some designs from the so-cool urchinmama's flickr photostream; an eiffel tower, peace sign, and skull-and-crossbones for Sarah. We cut the designs out of freezer paper with x-acto knives, then ironed the freezer paper onto our plain shirts, shiny side down (with another piece of freezer paper shiny side up underneath the fabric). We brushed on our fabric paint, and waited impatiently (overnight!) for them to dry so we could peel off the freezer paper and see our new shirts. We oohed and ahed then heat set the designs with an iron. I wore my shirt yesterday, and waited for Maia's nap so I could start all over again. Not just two designs for me this time! No sirree. I had to cover every flat area in the studio with drying freezer paper stencils.
I decided to try using both the positive and negative images that I cut out of the freezer paper. And when I ran out of plain t-shirts to stencil, I raided my fabric stash for remnants to stencil.
My studio looks like a store now! And, Sarah, I promise I'll want to do more next time you come over!! I still have to stencil shirts for Harry, Maia, for gifts, bags, skirts, etc., etc. Who needs chocolate when you have a hobby (vice) like this?!