Wearable Art using The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils

Hello Creatives!

Design Team member, Keri Sallee, here and if you are like me, you are in beginning of the seemingly never ending cycle of small people complaining “I’m bored!” (hello summer!)

I am always looking for ways to keep my kiddos occupied without electronics, so when a friend was coming over and said “Hey we’re going to bring some stuff to tie-dye.” I was all for it! When she got there, she had a nontraditional tie-dye: instead of soaking the shirts, this dye was in a sprayable form by SEI called Tumble Dye. I instantly thought….STENCILS!

Here is one of the shirts I made:

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To make my feathers different colors, I used the 12 x 12 “4 Feathers” stencil….Feather2

….and used scraps of paper to isolate 1 feather at a time.

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I then cleaned my stencil and repeated the process, this time flipping my stencil over so that my feather curved the opposite way:

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For the words, I used the 12 x 12 “Word Association” Stencil (again…using scrap paper to isolate the word I wanted):

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Here’s another fun shirt I made using the same techniques and the 12 x 12 “Butterfly Collage” Stencil:

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I also quickly made this one for my friend’s 2 year old using a SUPER old TCW stencil:

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As you can see, it’s as easy as laying the stencil down and spraying a variety of SEI Tumble Dye colors through your stencil.

Once I was done, my stencil looked like this:

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To save all that awesomeness, I gently laid a paper towel over it to absorb the color and capture the negative image. I’m saving it for another project!

And just to show you how easy it it…here is a picture I snapped of my hubby gettin’ his stencil on!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project and it’s one more boredom-killer in your summer arsenal.

Until Next time!

XOXO,

Keri Sallee

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Use a stencil to add doodling to T-shirt

Hi everyone! I’m Consie and I’m so honored to be posting for the first time as a member of the newest Design Team!

Consie Sindet • How to use a stencil to add doodling to a tshirt • The Crafters Workshop I love to doodle but I know that freehand doodling can be a bit intimidating for some. It is often hard to decide where to start and what to draw. So today I thought I would show you how you can add some doodling to a plain white t-shirt with the help of a stencil.

Consie Sindet • How to use a stencil to add doodling to a tshirt • The Crafters Workshop I started off by pre-washing and ironing a simple white t-shirt. I then added a piece of cardboard to the inside of the shirt to catch any bleeding. Using the Celtic Hearts Bits stencil (TCW2032) and neon pink Tumble Dye spray, I added the base design to my shirt.

Consie Sindet • How to use a stencil to add doodling to a tshirt • The Crafters Workshop I started with the middle design and then added two more, one on each side, all along the bottom of the t-shirt. As you can see in the picture, the bottle sputtered a bit but I think that just adds to the handmade quality of the project!

Consie Sindet • How to use a stencil to add doodling to a tshirt • The Crafters Workshop My next step was to take a black Stained by Sharpie fabric marker and start filling in some of the sections that had been left by spraying the pink through the stencil. Keep it simple with a few swirls, dots and lines and build from there.

Consie Sindet • How to use a stencil to add doodling to a tshirt • The Crafters Workshop You can get as fancy as you want with the doodling. I outlined the stencil design and added a few scallops and dots to create more of a mandala feel. If you are not sure about how much you want to add, remember that less is better. You can always add more later.

Consie Sindet • How to use a stencil to add doodling to a tshirt • The Crafters Workshop To create some interest on the neck of the t-shirt, I added some of the neon pink spray and then used the stencil as a guide to draw a swirl and diamond shape pattern. I connected the pattern with dots to create a fun necklace design.

Consie Sindet • How to use a stencil to add doodling to a tshirt • The Crafters Workshop The final step is to heat set your t-shirt. I use either an iron or sometimes I just toss the shirt into the dryer. I love the way this came out and I’m looking forward to wearing it this season!

I hope this gives you some ideas of how to use your stencils as a doodling tool. Let me know which stencils you think would also work for this process. Comment below!

Consie

The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member

BELIEVE…..

Happy Wednesday Crafter’s Workshop Fans!!!

I wanted to share with you one of my creations I made for CHA.

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I just love how this canvas came out.
I began by applying Perfect Paints ~ Polishing Plaster ~ Organic Sugar through
one of the Crafter’s Workshops classic stencils
TCW191S ~ Bricks

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 onto an  5 x 7 canvas panel.
I then applied Perfect Paints ~ Shimmering Matte Acrylic Paint ~ Rainforest
through
TCW2085 Crusaders Heart Remnant

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When dry I spritzed the entire canvas with TA ~ Glimmer Mist ~ Crushed Shells.

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Do you see the SUPER CUTE dragonfly in the corner??
He is part of TCW521S ~ Whimsy Garden stencil.

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I finished off my canvas with a chippie “Believe”
and a mannequin made with vintage lace and
Petaloo’s Layered Flowers.

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The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team

Sun Printing with Balzer Bits

Back in 2011 I attempted sun printing for the first time.  I wrote all about it here.  It remains one of my favorite easy and magical experiences.  Simply put, you paint your fabric, slap down some stencils, come back an hour later, and you have printed fabric!  Magic!

Here is a video I made explaining the process.


Balzer Bits are perfect for sun printing because you don’t have to deal with any of the hard edges of the square stencils.

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Here’s the fabric I made in the video:

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I used that fabric to make a jewelry roll.

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If you liked this tutorial, please visit my blog: Balzer Designs.

She did…..

Howdy Crafter’s Workshop fans….
Lynne Forsythe here to share another project.
I’ve been playing with some new paints and
texture mediums….what better product to use
then The Crafter’s Workshop Stencils!!

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I used TCW478s ~ Beaded Curtain

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and TCW2059 Layered Flower Bits

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I wanted to try both a stencil and a fragment with
Perfect Paints and various surfaces.

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Canvas Corp Brands ~ Kraft Cardstock
Canvas and White Canvas.

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I have to say….I ABSOLUTELY LOVED
the results!!
What is your favorite medium to use with your
Crafter’s Workshop Stencil???

PERFECT PAINTS
Pearl Plaster ~ Shimmering Moon
Shimmering Matte Acrylic ~ Rainstorm
Thickening Gel Additive