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Show & Tell : Stencil 101

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I'm so excited to share another great crafty book with you tonight–Stencil 101
by Ed Roth. The girls and I broke into it this afternoon and there is tons of potential for great craftiness. The book includes twenty-five pre-cut and reuseable stencils as well as ideas and tips for using them.

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This afternoon I used two stencils, the horse shoe and the fawn to customize basic white tees for the girls. The stencils tear out of the book really easily and can even be stored in an expandable pocket in the back of the book, after you use them. (great idea!)

Stencil 101 Giveaway

When I stenciled the tees, I laid a pad of paper inside the shirt and used pins, stuck straight into the thickness of the pad of paper, to hold the stencil in place. This was really helpful since I didn't have any type of spray adhesive to hold it and it also kept the paint from bleeding through to the back.

Stencil 101 giveaway

Per the books instructions, less is more. I started out with just a bit of paint on my sponge, dabbing and layering on color, in order to keep the paint from soaking under the stencil. I used a hair dryer to dry the paint quickly before I removed the stencil and then again to set the paint. Tomorrow, I'll iron the reverse sides of the tees to really set it permanently.

And in my opinion, this is definitely a crafty project for older children or adults. My girls only involvement was picking out what stencil they wanted and then being impatient while I worked.

Beginning to end, with distractions, the two tees probably took my 15 minutes to complete.

Now I'm feeling sassy and confident and thinking of putting a stencil above the doorway leading into the girls room or maybe even up the risers of their steps!

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always has to do what her sisters are doingalways has to do what her sisters are doing

And of course, the youngest of our clan had to get in on the modeling session as well. Everyone needs their turn standing on the chair. And apparently, after watching Mary, she determined that you were supposed to run your fingers over your stencil as part of the photo shoot. This girl watches her sisters' every move.

And did you guess? I have not one, but TWO copies to give away!  Leave a comment, I'll announce the two winners (plus the Birk winner) on Monday. And thank you, once again to Chronicle Books!

Happy Weekend, friends!!

Showandtell_updated

I'm so excited to share another great crafty book with you tonight–Stencil 101
by Ed Roth. The girls and I broke into it this afternoon and there is tons of potential for great craftiness. The book includes twenty-five pre-cut and reuseable stencils as well as ideas and tips for using them.

9780811864725_norm

This afternoon I used two stencils, the horse shoe and the fawn to customize basic white tees for the girls. The stencils tear out of the book really easily and can even be stored in an expandable pocket in the back of the book, after you use them. (great idea!)

Stencil 101 Giveaway

When I stenciled the tees, I laid a pad of paper inside the shirt and used pins, stuck straight into the thickness of the pad of paper, to hold the stencil in place. This was really helpful since I didn't have any type of spray adhesive to hold it and it also kept the paint from bleeding through to the back.

Stencil 101 giveaway

Per the books instructions, less is more. I started out with just a bit of paint on my sponge, dabbing and layering on color, in order to keep the paint from soaking under the stencil. I used a hair dryer to dry the paint quickly before I removed the stencil and then again to set the paint. Tomorrow, I'll iron the reverse sides of the tees to really set it permanently.

And in my opinion, this is definitely a crafty project for older children or adults. My girls only involvement was picking out what stencil they wanted and then being impatient while I worked.

Beginning to end, with distractions, the two tees probably took my 15 minutes to complete.

Now I'm feeling sassy and confident and thinking of putting a stencil above the doorway leading into the girls room or maybe even up the risers of their steps!

9780811864725_detail

always has to do what her sisters are doingalways has to do what her sisters are doing

And of course, the youngest of our clan had to get in on the modeling session as well. Everyone needs their turn standing on the chair. And apparently, after watching Mary, she determined that you were supposed to run your fingers over your stencil as part of the photo shoot. This girl watches her sisters' every move.

And did you guess? I have not one, but TWO copies to give away!  Leave a comment, I'll announce the two winners (plus the Birk winner) on Monday. And thank you, once again to Chronicle Books!

Happy Weekend, friends!!

126 comments on “Show & Tell : Stencil 101”

  1. Ok, I am definitely pumped about this. I’m glad that we have some cool modern stencils these days. I have to chuckle when I think about the peach and blue stenciled border in my room in the 80s.

  2. Ack! I have been wanting to do stenciled shirts, but have over thought the stencil making process and stalled completely. I NEED this book! 🙂

  3. Those T-shirts look fantastic! 15 minutes, really? With three girls bumping around? I’m inspired. I picked up this gorgeous book, Printing by Hand, by Lena Corwin, that includes stenciling, screenprinting, and stamping. But a lead-up book, one with stencils I don’t have to make myself, would be a great first step for a mom with a preschooler and an infant and, you know, barely time to eat a sandwich.

  4. Look at how perfectly those shirts turned out! Too cute! Too funny about all the kittens. I’d take one but I live too far away (plus we already have 2 kitties!)Paula

  5. Oh FUN! I made freezer paper stenciled t-shirts for my whole family and sent them back to Australia for Christmas. They were a hit. Now I keep a look out for “blank” thirts to play on.

  6. I can feel my luck changing with this giveaway! In fact, I’m willing to give up my chance to win the Birks if it would mean a higher chance of being the proud owner of this way-cool stencil book! ~H

  7. Oh I need this. Just what I need for a wall I am thinking about in my home. And also, something good for crafting for boys! I always have a hard time coming up with cool things to make for my boys — this could be an answer.

    crossing the fingers……

  8. I haven’t stencilled in years, and would love to try my hand at it. I love the idea of putting the pad behind the tee shirt. One year, when my daughter was maybe 12 or so, we did tee-shirts at her birthday party. The girls painted and stencilled them, and we put pieces of plywood inside each shirt to keep them stiff. I think you can also buy cardboard tee shirt forms at a craft store.

    I love the idea of stencilling the risers of a staircase. That is a great idea.

  9. This would be a great way to make some fun t-shirts for my young son that we would both like. So many t-shirts for the young ones features pictures I don’t find appropriate for a 5yr.old. This would be great. Thanks!

  10. What an awesome book – this is definitely going on my birthday wish list! Thanks for another great giveaway!

  11. Love the stenciling. Just tried my first applique on a T-shirt, this looks even simpler. I would love to use the stencils around the house too! Thank you.

  12. Okay, I have to have this book! It’s so hard to find fun and cool stencils! I have 3 munchkins that would love this. I might have to make something for myself too. Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks!!

  13. Looks like fun and would make great gifts for our handmade Christmas this year. Please enter me. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  14. I have been completely scared of stencils – but wow! Your projects look great. Maybe this IS something I can do – with the right stencils/tools, of course.

  15. While both my kids (two year old son and two month old daughter) are WAAAAY too young even to help with this, it would be a great naptime project – and something that I could make for them, rather than something in which I had no hand. 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

  16. How fun! My Nana used to do a lot of stenciling and I just love it. I haven’t stenciled anything in years, though. I think I feel a new project in my future!

  17. Nice! I’d love to win!!! The tshirts you used look like a nice quality, where are they from? It’s hard to find good quailty solid tees for kids.

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