The wonderfully creative folks over at Artistcellar have come out with some more stencils that had me flinging paint like a wild woman. (They are making me a complete stencil junkie and really, I have no complaints.) This time they are called Pocket Stencils and their tagline is BIG IDEAS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES. Truer words have never been spoken. And can I just say that they are super adorable?
Before I get rolling with my tutorials (this is a long post, I went wild), I want to mention that there is a blog tour going on for these lovelies and at each stop there is a giveaway for one set of Pocket Stencils of your choosing. So leave a comment on this post by noon EST on Sunday June 8 and I’ll pick a winner. And to increase your chances of snagging a set, swing on by the other artists on the hop to get in on their drawings. Plus they have also done projects for lots of ideas on what you can do with them so you’ll want to see that too, good stuff going on there:
May 31 – Lisa Cousineau
June 1 – Belinda Spiwak
June 2 – Amy O’Toole
June 3 – Lea Cioci
June 4 – me 🙂
June 5 – Effy Wild
June 6 – Tamara Laporte
These little darlings are ATC sized and have holes punched in a corner so you can put them on a ring to keep them tidy. (They think of everything.) Their small stature really inspired me because I had a project in mind for a while now but just wasn’t sure what I wanted to print on them. Ever heard of Cable Tamers? They help hold your charging cables for your phones, tablets, etc and earbuds in a neat little bundle so you don’t look like a crazy woman trying to untangle it from the depths of your purse.
They are small, simple and while there are plenty out there to buy, I have a studio full of fabric and paint and snaps and I’m not afraid to use them. Enter Artistcellar’s Pocket Stencils and I also had the perfectly sized graphic to print on them. I made these:
(My earbuds are little russian nesting dolls. They’re quirky and I think music sounds better through them.)
Let me show you how easy they are to make. You need felt, size 1 snaps, thread to sew on the snaps, Pocket Stencils, a sponge brush and paint:
I ended up using the Chakra, Create Words and Virtue words on another project (shown after this one). So many cool choices, I want to stencil everything now.
To make your Cable Tamer, do the following:
(1) Cut a strip of felt 1.5″ wide x 4″ long.
(2) Choose a groovy stencil and using a sponge brush and paint, add your design to the felt:
I have to admit that I’ve not printed on felt before. I always figured it would act like a sponge and just suck up all the paint. To an extent it kind of did but it wasn’t so horrible that it disappeared like I dreaded. I will mention though that the blue paint on the yellow felt is textile paint and the orange paint on the red felt is just craft acrylic. After they dried, the blue stayed flexible and I found a couple little peeling spots on the orange. So for this particular project, it does matter if you use textile paint or not.
3) Flip the strip over to the unprinted side (after it’s dry, of course) and sew on the snaps. Position them about a quarter of an inch from the edge in the center of the width:
I’m in love with the final result:
So simple but so useful. Felt is kind of stretchy so I expect over time these may get a little distorted. But I can make replacements very easily so I’m not worried about it.
Now I didn’t stop there, and decided I wanted a slow stitching project that is the complete opposite of the Cable Tamers. I made some Meditation Cloth with the Chakra, Create Words and Virtue Words sets:
What in the world is Meditation Cloth? It’s one of the projects in my book, Intentional Printing. I refer to it as my free therapy. Because these are created for no other purpose then because you want to make them and they take a long time to complete. Perfect for all those spare moments while waiting for appointments or after a long day and you’re wound so tight you can’t see straight. (It’s calorie free too in case you enjoy the occasional wine or chocolate as stress relievers.)
I had some fabric left from a book sample that had large sweeping arcs of chartreuse paint on it. I took each one of the Chakra stencils and printed them in different colors on the fabric:
Aren’t they intoxicating? Pattern and rhythm and lots of good vibes going on there.
After they dried, I took white paint and printed the words over top of everything:
I LOVE the words. They speak to a very peaceful frame of mind and since Meditation Cloth is meant to take a long time to finish, I love that I will get to look at them and really think about what they mean to me.
I started the stitching for this piece before printing the words by running it quickly through the sewing machine. I like to do a combination of machine and hand stitching on these, lends some great texture.
I grabbed a variegated Aurifil thread and began hand stitching on small section:
Slow. Steady. Meditation through thread and fabric. Bliss. 🙂
How can you not be inspired with tools like this to work with? They’re incredibly versatile, I have every confidence that you’ll love them as much as I do. Got any ideas, yet? 🙂