Thursday, October 4, 2012

fun with freezer paper

For a long time I've been meaning to try freezer paper stenciling after pinning this tutorial, and then when I saw this super cute JCrew heart sweater, I had to finally do it. It turns out freezer paper stencil projects are super easy, quick, and fun, and now I want to put big hearts on everything:


Four easy steps:
  1. Gather supplies: old sweater, freezer paper (from grocery store), paint, fabric medium, paintbrush, x-acto knife.
  2. Plan your design and cut it out with an x-acto knife.
  3. Place stencil shiny side down on fabric and iron on high heat to adhere.
  4. Paint and then peel off stencil.

A couple of tips: Make sure to put some cardboard between the sweater layers so you don't get any paint seeping through. The fabric medium turns any acrylic paint into fabric paint (iron to heat set it once the paint is dry, according to directions on the label), but it still turns out pretty stiff. The technique will be super for stiffer fabrics though - like a tote bag or canvas throw pillow cover - and the possibilities are endless!

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