Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Stenciled Santa

I love stenciling.  It takes time and patience but absolutely no special skills. Anybody can do it. And you can make almost anything. Say, for instance, you wanted a dish towel with a retro black-and-white Santa image printed on it. You probably wouldn't find one in a store, but you could stencil one. 

vintage Santa graphic

You'd just have to download an image you liked from The Graphics Fairy.

vintage Santa graphic
And if you didn't like that the finger on his left hand was pointing at nothing, you could redraw that hand to have a mitten on it.

vintage Santa graphic on parchment paper
Then you'd want to print out the image on computer paper and trace it onto parchment paper. (Or if you were smart, you would cut the parchment paper down to size and feed that into your printer so the image printed directly onto the parchment paper.)

parchment paper stencil
The hardest part of the whole project would be figuring out what to cut away from the image (the parts that you wanted to paint black) and what to keep (the parts that you wanted to remain white).

cut out parchment paper stencil
 You'd have to cut the silhouette out with a sharp craft knife.

parchment paper stencil
Then you'd want to go back in and carefully cut away all of the inside pieces. (All of the pieces on the left side above are waste. The pieces on the right side are the stencil.)

iron stencil onto flour sack dishtowel
You'd have to iron your stencil onto a towel. (Parchment paper will stick to fabric when it's ironed.)

textile medium and acrylic paint
You'd want to mix a little textile medium in with some acrylic paint to prevent the paint from cracking after it dries.

pounce paint onto stencil
 You'd want to pounce the paint onto your stencil.

peel stencil off fabric
 Then you'd get to the fun/nerve-racking part: peeling away the stencil to reveal the final image.

remove stencil
 If you did it right, you would end up with nice crisp lines of black paint on all the edges.

vintage Santa stenciled on dish towel
And Santa would be smiling at you.

Then you'd want to run a hot iron over the back of the towel to heat set the paint, and you'd be done.

black and white Santa on dishtowel

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