IN the scrapbooking section of the local Joann's store, there are these laser-cut papers that looked like they would make cool stencils. So I bought a few on sale and tried to figure out how to use them. They're made of heavy paper, but I wanted to use them to stencil dye on fabric.
Well, Mr S came to the rescue. In his own personal stash he had some stuff that he uses to coat the handles of tools with rubber so that they have non-slip grips. Why not try it?
So after a test on some notebook paper, I sprayed it on my laser-cut paper and it worked! It made my paper stencil usable with wet media.
Alternatively, I suppose I could have just used paint, but this was too cool to pass up. Mr. S claims it comes in different colors, so I could have had something in other than basic black.
I had these boring hand-dyes, so I stenciled on some thickened dyes. But the dye wasn't strong enough (it's been in my fridge for a while) and it's better, but still pretty boring.
I was too impatient to do more dyes. So I got out my Setacolor paints and rolled on some fuchsia and purple.
And voila! Much more interesting.
I had these boring bits from my deconstructed screen printing experiments. So I made up a plate with cardboard and hot glue and used these colored pencil sticks to rub the design onto the fabric.
I really liked the circular feel of Nienke's Rosarium (here) And I tried to get the feel of it without copying her work. --Still pretty boring.
So I took a cue from her and stenciled on flowers and leaves and sprayed them with water. I'm not crazy about mine. Maybe it needs some gold? I think that the paint colors fight with the background color. And the circular thing just isn't happening at all.
But for this side, I used a mixture of golden yellow and purple paint and just rolled it on over a stencil of leaves and I love this one. The colors are much better together and I could see using this whole or cutting it up.