Stenciled Goodness

Yesterday, after I read about Grumperina‘s wonderful results with freezer paper stencils, I smacked myself on the forehead for forgetting that they exist. Then I started searching google images for inspiration.

Somewhere in the midst of my search, it occurred to me that I don’t own an iron. Rather than stop on the way home and buy one, I decided to use contact paper. I know some people have a problem with the paint bleeding when they use contact paper stencils, but I’ve not had that problem. I think it’s because I place the stencil, rub it firmly onto the fabric, and then blast it with hot air from the hair dryer. Seems to help keep those edges a bit more secure.

I found several images that really appealed to me and I printed them out. Then, once I was at home, I didn’t really like them anymore. I broke out the sharpie markers and some scrap cardboard for doodling and then started freehanding my own versions of the images I had liked.

For the record? It’s a bad idea to use a razor knife shortly after taking yet another dose of cold medicine. I’m a little knicked up at this point. Still, I think the results might be worth a little band aid or two.

Given my love of tentacles, I knew I needed something with a jellyfish on it. There will definitely be more things emblazoned with octopods and cuttlefish and squid, but I wanted to start with the humble, oft-forgotten jellyfish.

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself! Of course, I couldn’t really imagine ONLY making shirts for myself. Shirts for a couple of my friends are in the works. One of them is already done.

Do you have that sort of best friend with whom you are ridonkulously silly? JT and I make chicken noises at each other. We’ve done it for years. I… I have no idea how or when it started. Maybe with her comment that chickens are very efficient (after all, we use nearly every bit of them).

I may need to make another chicken shirt for myself.

And one with a sheep. And an alpaca. And a skein of yarn with some knitting needles….

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