07.01.14

It’s not too late….4th of July Project

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:15 pm by Lauretta Crites

Sometimes you just need a really quick way to add some seasonal color. In my last post I shared a few ways I use my quilts for seasonal decorating, today I’ll share a quick stencil design I made in honor of the 4th of July. You could use the panel as the center of a quilt, a throw pillow or a wall hanging.

I start by drawing my design out on freezer paper (shiny side down) this piece is 18″ square. I labeled each area with the color to be painted.  In this case R-red, W-white, B-blue

freezer paper stencil

freezer paper stencil

I cut the stencil apart on the lines with an x-acto knife.  Reassemble the pieces on top of your fabric ( I used washed muslin).  Use the tip of your iron to “tack” the stencil pieces for the white and blue areas to the fabric. Remove the pieces that are for the red areas then press the white and blue areas firmly to the fabric. Use painters tape to mask off the edges of your piece.

I used regular acrylic artists paint. I was going for an aged look and I don’t plan to wash it and wouldn’t mind if some paint washed off. If you want to ensure your project will be long lasting you may prefer fabric paint.  For my rustic and aged look  I muddled some red and black paint together to get the color I was looking for a paper plate makes a great disposable palette.  A makeup sponge makes a great paint applicator for this stencil.

White and Blue areas ironed down

White and Blue areas ironed down

mask off the edges

mask off the edges

 

red paint mix

red paint mix

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Red paint applied

I liked the look of the quilt wrapped around the pillow in the previous post so that’s my design basis.  That quilt was pieced so I worked the paint evenly over the surface then went back over with a second application in a striped fashion to mimic the random width piecing. When working with stencils always start at the masked edge and work IN to the area don’t push the paint into the edges of the freezer paper masking,  that can cause the paint to run into the areas you are trying to protect.

Once the paint dried I placed a piece of clean waste fabric over the painted areas and pressed them with a warm iron to set (don’t know if it was really necessary) then I  removed the pieces for the white sections and took the freezer paper pieces for the red section and pressed them in place over the paint. I painted the white section in the same 2 coat stripe manner as the red. I painted the white stars then pressed the white areas with the press cloth and placed freezer paper stars  back onto the area to be painted blue. I masked off (replaced the freezer paper) the other areas of white where they touched the blue section. The blue paint was also mixed with black paint to give a mottled look, remember to mask off the new edges for the blue. The blue paint was applied in an all over pattern with the makeup sponge working with the various edges so it wasn’t just little rectangles.

White painted stripes

White painted stripes

 

Detail of stars masked on blue

Detail of stars masked on blue

Let everything dry and remove the masking. The whole thing can be done in a couple of hours with pretty basic supplies. Have fun and enjoy your 4th of July celebrations, whatever they may be!

The finished piece

The finished piece

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