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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Stencil your upcycled tee shirts!

I made a tee shirt quilt a few weeks ago with the stockpile of tees that neither the Mister nor I were ever going to wear again.  I love how it turned out, and I'll show it to you someday soon, but in the meantime I'm even more excited about the tee shirt scraps!  I used a bunch of them to fix up some shirts that I actually would wear...

Above you'll see the top of a knit shirt that I loved, but it was too short.  So, I wacked off the bottom of it and cobbled together some tee shirt scraps to lengthen it.  I like a rather long tunic shirt so that I can comfortably wear it with either jeans or leggings, or even over a skirt.  But when I was finished, it seemed a little boring. 

Stencil Revolution came to my rescue!  I received a handful of really nice reusable stencils, and the two that were moons were the perfect size and shape for my new shirt.  I love the material the stencils are made from.  It's translucent, so you can see clearly where you're positioning it.  Masking tape sticks to it well, but releases cleanly.  And best of all, the stencils clean up fully and easily.  Win!

I used Golden heavy-bodied paints mixed with an equal amount of GAC100.  That is their most flexible additive, and I wanted to make sure it kept a soft hand.  Adding the GAC also gives you a little more working time with the acrylics too, which is a plus in stenciling.  I'll be hand washing, for sure, but I would have been doing that anyway because of my funky seams.  To help set it, I ironed the paints under parchment paper when they were dry.

Here's another stencil I received with a vine pattern.  I also got a cherry blossom stencil, but that will have to wait for another project!  The stencils from Stencil Revolution come in quite a few sizes.  I requested the smallest, which are about 5 or 6 inches, but they run all the way up to 55 inches, big enough to do designs on your walls!

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received the stencils free of charge from Stencil Revolution in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received, nor are the links affiliate links.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Bubbling Up With Joy - an acrylic pour

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Center block for a crochet-along

This block is from an older crochet-along, which I missed at the time, but caught up with later!  Instructions are available from Hooks and Yarn

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Let It Loose

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Textured wave stitch crocheted scarf

Directions for the stitch can be found here:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Untitled alcohol inks

Alcohol inks lifted with hand sanitizer

Originals and prints of Cyndi's work for sale

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Braided crocheted cowl

Learn how to make an awesome cowl like this along with the lovely lady I learned it from, Essence of Me!
YouTube video tutorial

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