Friday, September 23, 2011

Practical Magic Blog Partying!

 Last year's party was a great excuse for me to mix one of my favorite witchy movies with amigurumi. And this year I can mix the movie with my new found love of freezer paper!

Roses are a big theme in the movie and next week my middle school kids and I will be using rose stencils to design our own shirts. Granted, the middle school version won't be followed by the kids becoming possessed by the ghost of Jimmy Angelove. :) I thought I'd pass on the really easy & cheap technique. 

Materials Needed
-         Freezer paper (you can find it for cheap at most grocery stores)
-         Something you’d like to stencil (shirts, jeans, paper, almost all surfaces work for this)
-         Image to stencil
-         Permanent marker
-         Craft cutting board or cardboard
-         Exacto or craft knife
-         Iron
-         Sponge brush
-         Acrylic paint of the color of your choice
-    Optional: An extremely cute hamster that has escaped from his ball while photographing.

All total this costs about $15-$20, but it takes very little freezer paper and paint to do one stencil. Once you have the items, the only thing that may cost money is the thing you want to stencil on.

Step 1: Trace your image onto the freezer paper with the shiny side down (the shiny side is what will stick and peel off of the surface easily).
Step 2: Cut out your design with the exacto/craft knife. Make sure you think through how you’re going to do this ahead of time. Some parts can get lost in cutting if they’re not attached to the rest of the drawing – like a circle within a circle.

Step 3: Iron your surface smooth if it’s fabric. Place the stencil shiny side down where you’d like it to be and iron it onto the surface. This keeps the paper sticking to the surface so you don’t have paint bleeding under the paper (I wrecked a shirt twice like this.).
Step 4: Create a paint pallet and dab the paint onto the stenciled surface. DO NOT USE STROKES! This will move the paper around and cause bleeding.
Step 5: You don’t even have to wait for this to dry! Carefully peel off your stencil, and you’re done!


Judy said...

Is that a furry friend I see in one of the pictures?

AlphaBetsy said...

Thank you for the tutorial, I have been wanting to try this and now I might get brave. :)


Cindy Craine said...

You had my immediate attention with the name of your blog you funny girl. I think we could so be friends! I loved the stencil. what a great idea. Come on over and read my witchy poem!xo-cindy

Willow said...

Beautiful idea you have made for the party. Enjoying it.

Edie Schmidt said...

I love this idea. Just wonderful thank you so much for the technique!!

lisa said...

This is the second great use for freezer paper I have seen today. And I LOVE the name of your blog. Stop by my enchanted oven to share some PM cookies.

Linda said...

Very, very nice tutorial,and very nicely done. Thank you for sharing. Please visit me:

Anonymous said...

That is very beautiful !!!
Great post. Have a magical weekend.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful craft to know! I would have a stenciled tote bag for every season of the year!

LuLu Kellogg said...

What a great tutorial! I can't wait to try it.

Thank you so much for sharing your post with all of us for the Practical Magic Blog Party! Lovely to visit with you!

LuLu Kellogg

Tamara said...

Great idea and how to! I think I'll give this a try, it looks really fun. :) Thanks!!

Dragonfly said...

Brilliant tutorial, I've not tried this technique for stenciling before so I've learn something new, thank you.

J x

Faerie Moon Creations said...

What a clever design! Thank you for sharing how to create this stencil. :) I enjoyed your post! Please feel free to come and visit with me, too. :)
Sincerely, Theresa

Melanie Statnick said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing Come visit me

apinkdreamer said...

what a magical post! thanks so much!!!!

Frosted Petunias said...

Wow that looks wonderful! I never thought of freezer paper. I'll definitely have to try it. Thank you for sharing this and for showing all the steps so well. So glad you joined the party :)


Susan said...

SUPERB! I love your little furry friend, he made the photo shoot fun!
Thanks for the tutorial :)
Happy Mabon!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Hello, I am visiting form the Practical Magic Blog party. :D I like your unique post for the party, and yes! Roses are a big deal in the story. I also used roses in my post, but mine was more literal than what you have done here. The middles schoolers will love it!

Anonymous said...

What a good idea. You're finished product looks great! Thank you for sharing a step-by-step. Happy blog party!

Melissa said...

Very creative! Love Roses!!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Meanderings

rachelsmith133 said...

Ooo I think I might just have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

Queenie Believe said...

Way cool!! I'm going to have to give this stenciling business a try. Freezer paper is the best stuff. I've used it for applique patterns.
Thanks for the great PM party post.
Have a great day and a magical autumn,

im zoe said...

What a great ideas and post, cant wait to try it out.

Zoe x

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