Freezer paper stencil, an experiment

Sometimes us crafters, just have to whip up an inspired experiment. This is a little experiment written by my niece Stephanie when she first discovered freezer paper for stenciling:

I used to take a lot of photos of nature. And now these photos are sitting in a box without much to do… So I decided to sort through them and see if I could find cool images to make shirt prints from.

I found this photo of thistles that I always liked. I traced it onto freezer paper by putting it up on the window (this served as a makeshift light box!).

tracing onto freezer paper


Then I cut it out and ironed it onto a tshirt.

Use some extra paper or tape to mask for a frame


Then I placed some paper underneath in case paint was to bleed through.

I painted two coats. First I blotted with a cotton ball, then I used a paintbrush to make a thicker second coat.

first coat


second coat


I let it dry for several hours then removed the freezer paper.

next project : fix that edge with some fun trim.


I thought that the edge would look cool if it wasn’t totally straight so I tried to get some paint to bleed under it, and well, I don’t love the result. So, this isn’t my final result, not bad for an experiment though.

Let your life inspire your art. Experiment, a goof can bring about an unexpected surprise. Do you have any photos you’d like to paint onto cloth? Leave a comment and tell us about it.

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Stephanie sews for fun with her sweet four year old daughter. Her website has nothing to do with sewing but everything to do with learning how to make the best tasting vegetables imaginable. Say hi to her @smichelet on Instagram + twitter

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