A Modern Lady Gathering – Freezer Paper Stenciling
At a sorority “reunion” of sorts in December, a few of us who live close by got to talking and thought it would be a wonderful idea to get together once a month and craft. This Saturday was our first attempt and 4 brave souls ventured over my house to partake. Our project was freezer paper stenciling with the Cricut. Despite a few issues here and I there, I think it’s safe to say we made Eugenia proud. (Inside ADPi joke. I apologize to those of you who think I need to get over it… I probably do. )
To get everyone spec’ed up on what we’d be doing, I had them reference this video. You can also do freezer paper stenciling without a Cricut, you just need to make your own stencils. There is a very informative intermediate freezer paper stenciling tutorial over at dana-made-it.com on how to do just that.
To see images from the event, check out my Flickr set here.
Freezer paper stenciling lessons learned:
- You want the paint thick, but don’t cake it on. It will soften the freezer paper making your paint bleed through.
- If you think your paint is too thin, let it dry first and then re-evaluate.
- For darker garments, chose your paint colors carefully. It will take a lot more of it to cover up the dark fabric and could lead to the problem above.
- Remember the size you cut your pieces out at and save them all until completely finished. You might need to layer on the different pieces for various colors in your design.
- Keep a hair dryer on hand. Life it too short to wait for paint to dry.
- If your ironing board cover is very soft, consider ironing the freezer paper onto your garment on top of a wooden cutting board or something equivalent.
- Less is more.
- Stencils across the “boobage” area should be avoided.
We will be doing this again next month. I’m hoping to get a tutorial up on what we’ll be creating prior to. I would then like to have others participate virtually the day of and send in photos via Flickr. A giveaway for participants might sweeten the deal – what do you think? More details to come in the future!