This project is the utmost in up-cycling. Using a discarded item to make a beautiful gift, I’m all about that! So, I went to the dog park the other morning with my best friend Larry, shown here obsessing on a tennis ball. There I found a discarded empty bottle of cheap brandy in the bushes and that is the bottle I will use to show you how to etch a design on to it. Don’t worry, I took it home in a bag and boiled it!
Wrapping a stencil around a bottle is not so easy and etching creme is thinner than paint so it seeps a lit under a stencil unless of course you are using these new adhesive silk-screen stencils by Martha Stewart. Yes, Martha and the people at Plaid have created yet again a fool-proof tool so you can be creative and not worry about messing up! These silkscreens are really easy to use and lots of tasteful designs to choose from. Here’s what I did.
First, I peeled the silkscreen off of it’s backing and placed it where I wanted the design to appear on the bottle. The back is sticky, re-positionable, and reusable.
Here’s a better shot so you see it really is a screen. This helps control your paint or in this case etching cream.
Then with protective gloves on, I brushed a generous amount of the cream onto the open areas of the stencil. Go in a few directions so you don’t see brush strokes.
After 15 minutes, I rinsed the bottle with the screen still attached in the sink. I peeled the screen off at this time and washed the bottle, the brush, and the screen/stencil.
I dried off the bottle and that’s when you can really see your etched design!
To finish it off, I carved an old champagne cork for the top and tied some twine around the neck to give it a vintage look.
It was so gratifying, I went hunting for more glass bottles! Hope this inspires you and please show me what you make!
Canvas is a great surface to stencil on but look at these awesome wood art panels by Art Alternatives! We first used these panels at the Stencil Style 101 book launch at Converse Rubber Tracks, people loved them! See pics here from that event. I love seeing the neutral grain of the wood with some fun colors on top of it, in this case I used Folk Art acrylic paints with my set of 4 CHAIRS stencils inspired by Charles and Ray Eames classic designs. You can create your own art easily and in-budget. So how did I do it, you ask? Here are the steps:
Pick some stencils you like..
Place your wood panel flat on a table
Choose a color palette that matches the theme and the decor
I mixed my colors, I chose some retro colors for these chair images
Place a stencil on top of the wood surface and hold in place
Paint using small stencil brushes and a dry brush technique. I like how going light still slightly shows the wood grain through the color!
That one’s done! For a set I did the other designs, making 4. Great house-warming gifts or for a baby shower these are cool gender-neutral for a babies room! Hope to see what you make!
Have you noticed it’s the year of breaking traditions? I see a trend in holiday crafts that break away from the norm – chevron pumpkins, succulent filled wreathes, and now eggs are up for some reinvention. As a stencil artist, I have thought of this for some time but wrapping a stencil around an egg, not so easy. UNTIL NOW! (say that in a radio announcer voice). The folks at PLAID have these fantastic sticky rubbery stencils that can wrap around surfaces. I was introduced to these stencils at the CHA when I ran some demos at the Plaid booth and my brain starting thinking of all the surfaces I dismissed for being to hard to stencil! Cut to today, I was on Pinterest and saw some Easter Egg images and the stencils came to mind! So I broke out the stencils, adhered them to the eggs and used inkpads and a stencil brush to apply the designs. Who doesn’t love an Easter egg hunt and It would be fun to have the stenciled egg be the grand prize winner!
Oh and out of sheer boredom I sprayed my spray inks on one egg for a “graffiti egg” design! Let me see your reinvented egg designs!
Check out our “pigeon love” pillow made using our pigeon stencil and black fabric paint. MUJI has awesome quality plain pillows so that was my “canvas” of choice. For symmetrical designs, just apply your stencil on one side of the pillow, wash and dry the stencil, then flip it over and stencil it opposite your first design. Easy!
Are you ready? A guest post from my dear friend Elaine Elwick Barr!
Sometimes in the winter, I like to make comfort food. Something warm, familiar, delicious…but not all appetites can be fulfilled with food alone. Some need hands on, rock and roll crafting. And I had that hunger bad. I took a look at the variety and selection of Stencil1 stencils I own, including images from the first book, Stencil 101, the second book, Stencil 201, the home decor book, Stencil 101 Decor, and a whole host of the original mylar stencils. What could I make that could include alllll of these great images and maybe even keep me warm during this winter cold snap. QUILT!
Okay, I’ll admit I’ve stayed far away from quilt making in the past. Too much precision and too many rules, that’s what I thought. But I don’t care much for rules and perfection these days. I like what I make to look like I made it. So I went full steam ahead.
Since there are so many images to choose from, I took on a theme. This one is Stencil 1 Creatures..featuring some of my favorite birds, horses and the monkey in the middle. To make the quilt, you’ll need some fabric squares to stencil on, an old bed sheet, twice the size of your finished blanket, an old blanket or quilt batting, some Stencil 1 sprays, an iron and a sewing machine. I cut all of the squares, from coordinating fabric, and one by one, stenciled each, using Stencil 1 sprays. Each square gets heat set quickly with a warm iron.
Craft you later,
Elaine E. Barr
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