Playing Some More with Stencils Part 3

Playing Some More with Stencils Part 3

Ruth’s Printing and Stenciling with Thickened Dye class has come to an end, but I’ve been continuing to experiment on felt and paper.  This week I’ve had some interesting results I wanted to share.

For this project on felted merino, I used several different colors and objects to try.

The lower left is a type of silver netting used at Christmas for wreaths and other projects. a dried Maple leaf, a plastic bottle sleeve and a tree stencil.  I used a combination of thick and thin dyes. And the red did bleed again when setting the dye.

The gray/silver color is the mesh, the red is the plastic bottle wrap.  The leaf is the green but not very distinguishable.  I used a brayer for all of them.  The stencil didn’t do well at all.  You can only see a few lines here and there.  I didn’t have a plan,  just wanted to see how each would print.

Then I decided to try acrylic on commercial felt.  For this I used a roller type stencil with different textures I made in class with purple metallic paint for a background. It didn’t print very clearly so I didn’t take a pic.  Then I  used handmade leaf stamps in metallic green and a commercial leaf stamp in the corners and a couple of metallic gold accents.

I thought the metallic paint would pop more on the dull smooth felt surface.

Cathy (Luvswool) loaned me a geometric stencil I wanted to try.  She had done some nice stenciling with acrylic on cloth.  I wanted to try it with dye on felt.  Here is the stencil on the felt.  You can see the one rectangle that is solid.  This is what I thought I wanted to do, make each shape solid, but it took a lot of dye and time.  When I just started stippling with an old brush, I liked it better. I also added extra colors in a couple of places.


Here it is with the stencil removed and the dye set.

I couldn’t undo the solid teal area, but I did add a couple other solid areas just for balance.  What do you think?

I had fun learning these techniques and as with anything it takes practice.  I’ll have a few more projects to share later.


13 thoughts on “Playing Some More with Stencils Part 3

  1. I really like the stencilled felt and the colours you’ve used are perfect for the design! I like it ‘portrait’ way up and I’d certainly hang it on my wall.

  2. Thanks Lyn! I like it that way too! I hope I can find a wall to hang it on. I’m running out of space. 😉

  3. Outstanding results with my geometric stencil! What fun to see it used on felt as opposed to cloth.
    I do understand how time-consuming it would be on felt because of the way felt absorbs liquid.
    You could always make a pillow cover and back it with plain felt. Just an idea, since you are running out of wall space.

    1. Thanks again Cathy! It would have to be a very flat or skinny pillow the felt is thick, but I’ll keep it in mind. I really like how it turned out.

    1. Thanks Ann! I didn’t make any people pics Ann I think you’re referring to the leaves second piece, but hey if you see people you have a better eye than me. It’s kind of looking st tile and seeing different shapes at different times. 😉

  4. Looking good Marilyn! Looks like you’ve been having fun. The metallic paint will always show up better on darker colors especially black. This is true on paper too. Metallic on white just doesn’t give a good contrast. The geometric stencil is cool!

    1. Thanks Ruth! The metallic is actually on a pink felt. I will try it on black felt and a darker paper. I am having fun with it. I learned a lot in class and haven’t even tried half of it yet.

  5. Beautiful work Marilyn, I love what you did with the geometric stencil. I imagine the tree stencil would yield some good results on a smooth finished felt too

    1. Thanks Teri! I will give the tree stencil another try both on felt and paper.

  6. I like the textures of the top one, the layers of the middle one and shape/texture contrast of the bottom one 🙂 Great experiments, Marilyn 🙂

    1. Thanks Zed! Experimenting allows me to figure out what I like, what works and what I won’t do again, 😉 always learning.

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