How to Make Stencils from Freezer Paper Cloth

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

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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.

materialsGather This:
Freezer paper
X-Acto knife
Cutting mat
Dauber or sponge



Step 1

1. Draw onto a piece of freezer paper (shiny-side down) a design you wish to use as a stencil.

step 2

2. Using an X-Acto knife, cut out the design.

step 3

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.

Step 4

4. Daub, swipe or otherwise paint over your mask. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 5

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.

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Dreaming from the Journal PageFrom Dreaming from the Journal Page by Melanie Testa, 2012: Courtesy of

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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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5 Responses to How to Make Stencils from Freezer Paper Cloth

  1. shawelise says:

    new to this community. teach a group of ladies on Thursday nights how to get their creative juices flowing. We do all kinds of things! Want to art journal to send to my grandchildren. thank you

    • joneam says:

      Welcome shawelise! I hope you enjoyed your visit to Have fun with your Thursday night group!

  2. Ruby says:

    Is Freezer Paper the same as wax paper?

    • joneam says:

      Hi Ruby,

      For the purposes of this project, you should probably stick to freezer paper, which has wax only on one side (the side that should be touching the journal page). Wax paper has wax on both sides and might damage your iron.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Ruby says:

    Thank you Amy! I have never seen Freezer paper up here in BC, so I will have to keep my eyes open for it! LOVE this website by the way….I am thrilled to have come across it!