paintbrushes and stencils

September 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Posted in blogging, gifts, projects, selling | Leave a comment
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I just fabric-painted a whole bunch more shirts.  Six, I think.  They’re out on the porch draped over the drying rack and the bicycles right now.  Once they’re dry I will iron them, then wash them, then mail them to people.  And maybe list a few on etsy, if I can’t find an appropriate gift recipient.  Or if I don’t decide to keep the extras for myself.  But most of this batch was made with specific people in mind, so they pretty much all have homes waiting for them.

Anyway, I realized that I still don’t have pictures of most of the shirts I’ve painted, and I really should post some on this here blog since the “screen printing alternative” post a while back is one of my most viewed pages.

For now, here’s a link to the one shirt I listed on etsy from the first batch of shirt-painting.  I really like how that one turned out, even though I’ve since decided that light-colored shirts work better because the colors show up more vibrantly.  It was a little too small for me, though, so hopefully it will find another home.

And tomorrow I promise that I will try to get pictures of some of the new shirts.

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My latest project

May 7, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Posted in projects, selling | Leave a comment
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I am making a new purse for myself. Well, so far all I am doing is cutting a few rejected t-shirts into strips. But it is going to be a purse, eventually. I have visions. Visions of grandeur.

Also, cutting up old shirts is really satisfying. It may be even more satisfying than unraveling sweaters.

I guess I have a destructive streak!!

Also, I just listed a new item on etsy this evening. S said it was awesome and therefore I should sell it. I made it while we were watching silly TV shows in our hotel room while we were in Virginia for A&J’s wedding. Watching TV and crafting go very well together.

an easy alternative to screen-printing

September 19, 2008 at 8:04 am | Posted in learning | 4 Comments
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I’ve always thought that it would be cool to make my own screen-printed shirts and other fabric items, but the technique always looks really difficult, with specialized equipment involved.  And it sounds messy, too.  I’m a crafter who lives in a fairly small space, and it’s already difficult to keep all my current projects organized and out of the way.  So I was interested to see these instructions on how to make a screen-printed look without needing a screen or a squeegee or anything.  Really, it seems sort of obvious.  All you need is a stencil!  I’ve used a stencil before.  I guess you need other crafters to point out the obvious sometimes, and then you just apply your own creativity and funky ideas to the technique.

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