But seriously kids, it’s during this time of year I bust out the puffy paints
and make these beauties:
I’ve been making two of my friends Crate and Barrel holiday mascot t-shirts for about four years now. They always get tons of compliments and everyone is mad jealous (of course ;))
Of all the methods I’ve used (and trust me, I’d tried lots), I like the freezer paper stenciling the best (aka poor man’s silk-screening). Not only is it pretty simple, more importantly, it produces the best result. I was going to write you a tutorial but decided I could find you a quality one that would be better than anything I could write up, so here’s the link to that.
I first learned about freezer paper stenciling from craftster which I discovered way back in 2004! (Pre-Etsy era) It was/still is a place for people to showcase their incredible DIY creations of all kinds on forums. People are sooo imaginative and creative!
Here are some other samples of my work/experiments throughout time (click images to enlarge)
Nylon faux silk screening fail:
My attempt at trying to save the shirt by outlining the image in black (*Bonus* baby faced Maria):
Here’s one I made for my sister for Senior Spirit Day:
This one was made using my own crazy method of creating a stencil from regular printer paper and shading each layer out with chalk, and then tracing over it with puffy paint. In the end, it’s half free-hand, half stencil, if that makes sense?
And finally, a shirt from last year (first time using freezer paper)
In addition to using freezer paper, this marked the first time I used acrylic paint mixed with textile medium (2:1 ratio) so that I could have a fuller ranger of colors instead of relying on just the Tulip brand colors A.C. Moore carries.
There you have it! My x-mas crafting. I’m insane, I know.
*All images used are personal photos