Tuesday, May 8, 2012

a new stencil

I ran over to Staples this morning and picked up two sheets of overhead projector Mylar. Boy that stuff is expensive! And I didn't want to get a bunch until I tested it. Turns out it is perfect! I think even stencil material might be too thick for me. It is a little hard on the hand and wrist tracing with the heat tool, but with the thinner plastic sheets, it just glides and cuts in one simple pass of the tool. Here you see the same stencil I tried yesterday cut with the overhead plastic--much easier to get details.

Then, I couldn't wait to try it out. I happened to find a spray can of Elmer's glue, advertized for use on stencils; it's amazing what I can find in my closet! After spraying a fine coat of spray on the back of the stencil, I dabbed at it with a rag to take off any globs and to leave it just tacky. The bit of glue stays there and is just tacky enough, to have a better connection with the fabric thus resulting in better lines.

I tried a stencil brush, but found the paste which is jelly like, works best with a sponge brush. Here you see the vague impression of the paste applied to a commercial  fabric. This is what it looks like before ironing.
 I tried it on another commercial print. I don't mind any irregularities, they will even out with stitching applied but can you spot the mistake? I've managed to miss getting the plastic out of one spot spot so it didn't discharge. It will be easy when I do the next bunch to go back and fix it.

Here it is on a Bali.
 Did you spot the missing piece? Tell you what, the first person to comment with the right answer, I will send them a finished piece.
The next step will be to cut the second design and try it out. Then I will be ready to carry it further--perhaps I'll make a foam stamp all or part of the design to use on the Gelli plate. I might even send it to be made into a silkscreen. One design can be used for lots of fun!

19 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Very cool stuff indeed! What tool is it that you use to cut the stencil? I spotted the missing piece in the second to last image. The left base arm of the design on the top right hand side :).
Stay inspired!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

oh shoot...I'm too late....lol....nice job Holly.
Very pretty fabric.

elle said...

Who cares what's missing. This is absolutely super. Excellent job. I'm saving your 'how to'

Gill said...

I agree with Elle!
It's fabulous Holly!

Debbie said...

Really like your design here. It turned out great...love the mistake to remind us of no perfection like done.

pembrokeshire lass said...

Hey ho...i'm too late as always. i enjoyed seeing your work anyway. how lovely is the design. Joan

Ellie said...

hollly love your work even if there is one dohinkey missing from between one of the petals

pegsplace said...

Wow! You sure know how to design and no, I can't find the missing piece. Love, love, love the colours. But you mentioned stiching...intriguing. How are you going to stitch. I think that I will tour your past posts now.!

Jeanette said...

Wow, that is beautiful. I had to read the comments in order to find the missing piece, so it is not readily noticeable at all!

What Comes Next? said...

very neat! Can't wait to see how it looks once you've dome your stitching. Great idea to use the overhead plastic for the stencil

Patti said...

This is such a beautiful project and what a great way to make stencils!

Sheila said...

I am too late as well , was hard to spot but I did see it ,great design !

Annette said...

great idea for stencil making,....looks like you have only just begun... have fun playing
in stitches

Pauline A said...

Looks awesome u could make some beautiful t-shirt designs:)

Grandma Coco said...

Holly, I have sheets of mylar right here in the house! ...bought ages ago for an illustration project.... What is 'discharge paste'? Is it a commercial product? or something you whipped up? This looks like lots of fun!!

Regina said...

Great idea, wonderful motif!

M-R said...

Oooh, I love that motif. Very clever, Holly!

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Hi Holly!

I awarded you a Liebster Blog Award. I really enjoy reading your blog! See the details on my blog post of May 12 at http://sisterofthebrush.blogspot.ca/2012/05/linda-fellow-maritimer-at-scrapmaster.html

Jennifer

imquilternity said...

Ooooh....I'm so impressed with your stencils. You are really good at designing. You are such an inspiration...I just wish I had the time to try everything you do. :)