Last weekend we took a little trip to Vermont. While there we visited a bookstore called Brown Dog Books and I admired a book called Stencil 101, by Ed Roth of Stencil1. Surprise! Paul secretly got it and gave it to me on Saturday for Valentine’s Day. Like many craft-art things I had the following reactions: excited to do it and wondered why I hadn’t thought to do it before because it seemed so simply and obvious. I encourage you to check out the book and his site because the stencils are cool and so are the projects. Right away I was attracted to the idea of doing something on a window. Again-why had I never thought of this? You can easily put paint on glass and take it off. It doesn’t ruin your windows and it looks neat. (Yet I know I have many friends who will probably be “shocked” that I did this and would never do it in their homes. Their loss!)
I loved the bird stencil and thought it would look great in a corner of our big picture window in the kitchen (which we bird watch out of, in fact.) I’m very pleased with the results and am now ready to do some t-shirts and tote bags!
Stenciling Update: Ok, I posted this a couple hours ago and now I’ve new pictures and projects to add already. I can see how easy it is to get carried away with this. It’s so instantly gratifying. I believe everyone I know will be getting a stenciled gift this year.
The first item I did: a tree branch on a tote bag. I realized that if this was done in orange paint it would look like coral, which would be cool. I then added another one in another color.
Then a tee, for me, in two tones.
Then a tee, for Paul.
Next up is a white owl on a red t-shirt for Clark, but it is still in the dryer. I’ll have to get some little plain shirts for Tabitha and make some for her.