I can't draw. And I can't paint. But what I can do is stay within pre-ordained lines. I'm talking about a non-artist's best friend, stencils.
My project idea went like this: I have a nylon folding camp chair that I take to SCA camping events and use. But it's totally modern. So to make it look more Renaissance-period, I decided to sew a cover for it.
The one hitch? The only piece of fabric that I had that was long enough is a pink cord (aka "cut velvet"). Ick.
What's a broke, crafty girl to do? Get some stencils from iStencils, of course!
iStencils has TONS of designs to choose from, in a variety of sizes. After
spending an hour drooling over perusing their selection, I found this gorgeous gem.
For those that don't speak 16th Century Italian reenactment, this baby is totally Renaissance Italy.
Step 2 was to get that lovely teal acrylic paint that Kenzie gave me in the last blog swap, and an unused sponge, and go to it. You should know, I have never used stencils before.
And now I'm hooked on them! It was super easy. Just secure the stencil (with weights and/or duct tape, in this case), and use the sponge to daub paint over it.
Given that I was working on fabric, which shifts, and it's got differing textures with the corded effect, I thought it came out pretty well! I did find that gently daubing, and moving the sponge as few times as possible, worked better than trying to use a light, quick hand.
In all, I LOVE the design. And now having a chair cover that is covered in pretty teal stenciled designs makes me happy.
My next project is to (after my move) paint a wall burgundy and use this stencil to make pretty gold designs all over it. You know what else would rock? Getting a makeup airbrush, and an animal print stencil from iStencils, and making scales or cat spots on myself for a Halloween outfit. And something else? Using the stencil with colored pencils on butcher paper to make my own gift wrapping.
The possibilities are limitless! What would YOU use a stencil from iStencils for?
Now's your chance to find out, because they're giving away a $50 gift certificate!
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