Confession: I’m not a stencil girl. I have a box of stencils and templates on the top shelf of my closet that I pretty much never use. Stencils seem…well… old fashioned? Like cheating? I guess I have bad flashbacks of 80’s country decor stuck in my head.
After viewing the new line of stencils by The Crafter’s Workshop, all those previous notions have vanished! They are on-trend, GORGEOUS, and given my new proclivities for mixed media oh-so-versatile. In only a few hours of playing with them, my mind is buzzing with new ideas and I can’t wait to try out even more techniques.
The folks tending the booth at CHA Winter were generous enough to give both me and Jennifer Clark (her take on these stencils will be up tomorrow) stencils in both the 6X6 and the 12X12 sizes to experiment with. Let me start byÂ explaining that the stencil material is exactly what I remember it being- a thin, flexible plastic. Since Jen used hers with sprays and inks, I though I’d go a slightly different route with mine.
I started by using a smaller stencil with some Twinkling H20’s. I followed my first instinct and sprayed the back of the stencil with basting (repositionable) spray to help it stick down to the watercolor paper I was using:
The branches lifted a little, but I loved the result. Very artsy!Â I only wish they had this stencil in a negative….
Next, I decided to try a stencil with my much-loved Shiva (oil) Painstiks. I tried to use the stick directly through the stencil, but really, it was too thick for that. I resorted to using a stencil brush and applying the paint that way. I love the way it turned out. It will be a great piece “background” for a fabric postcard!
Encouraged by my results, I prepared another piece of fabric (again, spray baste helps) and used deColourant– it’s a discharge medium and it will effectively bleach away the color from fabric.
(By the way… I used my heat-gun to discharge my fabric…you don’t even need an iron. But I’ll have a full review on that later!)
So then my mind starts racing…what about air brushing??
I also tried some additional resist techniques, iusing Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio Matte Medium:
And this one was just misted with some Randiant Rains on a piece of patterned scrapbook paper:
….and I haven’t even gotten around to chalking…yet….but well, this gives you an idea just how flexible these stencils are for the intrepid crafter. And the designs are so current and fresh, they look up-to-date on mixed media, scrapbook layouts, art quilts, and wearables.
Now for the price…get this… these suckers are cheap! And by that, I mean really inexpensive. At the Interweave store, the 6X6 ones are $3.99 USD, and the 12X12 ones are $6.50. I’ve paid more than that for a marker or a waterbrush!Â That makes these stencils…
Now, my crafty colleague Christine over at www.Scraptime.ca did a video showing all of the new designs AND a few techniques she tried. Give it a watch:
I’d love to hear from you if you are either a stencil fan OR have used this brand before. What say you?
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