From Dreaming from the Journal Page
by Melanie Testa (This tutorial was previously published in the book Dreaming from the Journal Page
by Melanie Testa, copyright 2012; republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com.)
Freezer paper is the frisket paper of the cloth world. The shiny side of freezer paper irons to cloth and transforms into a mask, reserving that area of cloth in its original state. As with all other masks, you can use it to reserve the positive or negative space in a design, and then you can paint, daub or lightly spray paint over the mask as you wish. Once the paint is dry, gently peel the freezer paper away to reveal your new design.
Dauber or sponge
1. Draw onto a piece of freezer paper (shiny-side down) a design you wish to use as a stencil.
2. Using an X-Acto knife, cut out the design.
3. Iron the freezer-paper design onto a piece of cloth. Press hard and make sure no bubbles form along the edge of the cut design.
4. Daub, swipe or otherwise paint over your mask. Allow the paint to dry completely.
5. Remove your stencil, revealing the masked area.
• These stencils will be semi-reusable—they are reusable until the shiny side
of the paper no longer adheres to your intended cloth.
• You might combine this technique with
a ruling pen technique to further delineate the outline of your stencil on the cloth.
From Dreaming from the Journal Page by Melanie Testa, 2012: Courtesy of www.createmixedmedia.com.
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For more on stenciling, check out:
* Using Stencils with Pastels
* How to Make Stencils of Your Own
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