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Friday, December 11, 2015

Interfacing Stencil

This is a real interesting silk screen technique. I first saw it on Jane Dunnewold's website under her tutorials. It is no longer there but I copied and pasted it into a word document then saved it. I will try to explain each step of creating the stencil and show pictures.

The stencil is made from medium weight Pellon interfacing. The premise is that after MANY pulls with thickened dye, the dye will eventually go through the Pellon. I will cut some shapes into the Pellon to allow the dye to go through on the first pull and I will use hot soy wax to block certain areas to resist the dye. Here is a photo.

So you can see the holes that were cut and the lines in hot soy wax that will resist the dye

The premise is that the dye will go through the holes and gradually go through the Pellon except where the soy wax was applied. Each pull I add more of another color and the prints start to change. The circles (holes) change on the first pull and the Pellon part eventually change color.

Above you see immediately that I added red and in the bottom two prints the "body" of the print (the Pellon part) eventually changes.

This the Pellon stencil AFTER all the prints are made and the stencil has been washed. You would never believe it looked black before I rinsed it.

This technique could be used to show progression, development, decay, the passage of time; use your imagination.


  1. Thanks for sharing. Can I just ask something though? If Jane Dunnewold gave permission for her online tutorial to be quoted publically, then maybe it would be good to make this clear in your article just so everyone knows that she is OK with it being shared here. I hope you don't mind me asking this, but I wondered because individual artists spend years developing their ideas / processes / techniques etc., and it's their livelihood as well as their artistic individuality. Thanks, Jane.

  2. Thanks Jane. I when I post a free tutorial on my blog, it obviously is to share with the public. I even give readers permission to copy it. When I read another person's free tutorial, I assume it is there to share with readers. This is NOT Jane Dunnewold's tutorial. This is my tutorial with my work which is a bit different than Jane's. I am sharing a technique, freely given, not someone else's work.

  3. I always give credit if I write about a technique I learned from someone else's tutorial, and quite often will link to it if it is available. I have also contacted them to be sure it's okay if I refer to their tutorials, and have not had any turn me down. I'm with you, Beth. If it is posted as a tutorial, it is there for the use of the reader. It's different if you take a class from someone that is paid for, then turn around and share the class content as your own.
    As for your technique, I love the results you got!

  4. Very cool and I am liking the various colurs that are moving around your cloth!!! :)

  5. I also agree that if someone posts a tutorial on their blog that they meant to share that technique with the world. Taking a class and receiving a proprietary handout is different, and you definitely should not share that info. I've also seen too many bloggers share information they've learned in classes and not give the teacher they've learned the info from due credit--they present it as their own. And I also think the interfacing technique shown here may be in Jane Dunnewold's book, Complex Cloth, but I could be mistaken.

  6. Really love how the final piece came out. It's an intriguing technique. Worthy of more experimentation. Love that the stencil came clean! But of course it's polyester. :)

  7. Great technique! I've used interfacing stencils before, but not in this manner. Will need to give it a try. Jane Dunnewold does have a technique in her Complex Cloth with interfacing stencil, but not this one.

  8. Many of us have been trying similar techniques but you made the designs and worked up this step by step project - it is yours! I really enjoyed seeing the photo of the complete graduation! Thank you for sharing. I have used a heat tool for burning the "cut out" areas too, though the melted edge can cause the pull to be challenging some times.

  9. Thanks for clarifying the above Beth. I'm enjoying the posts, thanks.

  10. I love the results that you get from this technique.


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