Let us start out with a joke by the husband.
Husband: "Why did you decide to use the Bison?"
Me: "I don't know, it spoke to me."
Husband: "Is it because you wanted to be able to say "Bye son"."
Me: I usually don't respond to his jokes anymore.
To continue on with little brother's blankets, I decided to try something a little beyond my skills. It had to do with a Bison, excato-knife, potato, and scissors. Supposedly, you make stamps with potatoes. I saw them here. Which, I'm sure you can, just not with the particular design I chose. My start to finish lasted about 4 minutes and in disaster. It didn't even go far enough to even show you. I gave up after my paper started shriveling up from the potato.
Then, my sister Hannah took over. As much as she claims that she is not a crafty person, she really is. It's just the perfectionist in her that stops her She made Aiko a few onesies, that she stenciled and painted herself. They turned out awesome here. Hannah and her OCD self probably couldn't bear to watch me muff it up again.
We pulled out our stencil paper, resized and printed our buffalo (by we I mean she.) and started cutting. Make sure to have some kind of surface under the stencil paper so you don't cut up your table.
She's pretty good right? We did have to delete some of the buffalo, there were just too many little lines. After we tested out the stencil, she applied it to the onesie!
Print purchased from Etsy Shop PrintitFrameit.
I know, I know, it's pretty rad. If only I could have a crafting-slave-perfectionist who I just bossed around and said "good job" to after they finish. But don't worry, eventually I did join the bison-exacto-cutting-fun. See, I had some other big plans for this bison. We did one successfully, WHY NOT MILLIONS?!
Well, how about five. We printed up four more bison and I myself, even cut out two of them. It's kind of a long process, but once you have the stencil you can use it quite a few times.
By quite a few times, I mean a lot. (I'll put some tips at the end of this post.) We decided to apply it to another Swaddler Blanket.
Boy, am I glad we did. I was a little worried that all the detail would get lost on the texture of the muslin, but it worked out great! We did mainly yellow buffalo with a few random blue ones.
After finishing with the buffalo we realized we needed a little something more. So I took a chapstick and placed dots.
I was too lazy to pull out my good camera, plus I don't really know how to use it beyond Auto anyway...so you have some different colored photos going on here.
What do you think? Pretty cool right? And really, it's not that hard, I promise. It take some time, but once you have your stencil you can use it over and over again.
Some tips that I learned from Hannah on Stenciling.
1. Make sure your exacto-knife is sharp and your eyes are even sharper. You may want to print a few of your patterns so if you mess up one by cutting something wrong. Hannah even colors one ahead of time just to make sure she knows what she does and doesn't want to cut out.
2. When printing on the stencil paper there will only be faint lines. Make sure to print on some scrap after running the stencil paper through to get all the left over ink that didn't print. Otherwise, you'll go to print something and it will be covered with random lines of buffalo.
3. Always cut your stencil out on some surface you don't mind cutting up.
4. Always test your stencil on something else before diving into your material.
5. We like to tape our stencils to the cloth.
6. Always dab off excess paint before appliying to cloth.
7. Hold the stencil with one hand to keep it steady. You'll want to dab your paint brush STRAIGHT up and down to avoid bleeding underneath.
8. Once you'd applied your paint, pull stencil immediately after.
9. You'll want to make sure you didn't get any excess paint on the back of the stencil before laying it down again on your surface.
10. Stand back and be amazed. You did it. Yes, you are awesome and so is that stencil.
Here are the basic utensils we used for stenciling.
Hannah prefers the shorter style paint. She also really likes her fat stubby paintbrush. (green one.) We used the standard sponge brush on the bison and the short sponge brush. We use the fine paint brushes on really small detailed work, like on the tiny little "z." Also, this is her beloved paint tray.
Bison Print purchased from Etsy Shop PrintitFrameit.