This fabric, used by Grainline Studio for their Willow dress, rather intrigued me and I thought it would work nicely for one of my stencils.
So I zoomed in and copied some of those trees.
The motif is a straight copy, I am embarrassed to say, but at least the colour scheme and garment are my own. I had an olive green sweatshirt in mind, with black trees and a nice big cowl to keep me warm in July temps that have finally dipped into the single digits early in the morning. Thankfully they go up a bit higher later in the day.
The pattern of the motifs is a departure from my usual rather rigid grid, which makes the result a bit more interesting. You can also see that each stencil print isn’t perfect, as a matter of fact some of the trees look rather clumsy and childish because the ink has leaked a bit under the stencil. I should be using spray-on adhesive, but when you move and re-place the stencil many times to build up a pattern over a whole garment, that isn’t very effective. I use the end of a brush or a chopstick to press the stencil down tightly to the fabric, but with all those fiddly little bits where the branches join the trunks that doesn’t always work either. Plus I get impatient and just slap on the ink. The solution would be screen printing, stupid woman, but I am still prevaricating.
The imperfect nature of the prints always frustrates me greatly while I am stencilling, and it isn’t until a garment piece is finished and I take a step back that I can see that the whole is much better than each individual part.
- Acetate mixed media stencil, cut with fine point soldering iron
- Thick, stubby pencil brush (Aldi kids art materials)
- Permaset screen printing ink, super cover black, thinned with 5-10% water
- Heat set in dryer 30 mins on high, also ironed
- Not washed yet
- Printed on brushed sweatshirt knit, cotton
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