Today is my turn to do a short demo for our new group; the Surface Design Artists of South Denver. I chose to show techniques for freezer paper stenciling because we have a lot of ladies who primarily use commercial fabrics, and I want them to discover simple ways to make art happen. So I have a couple of my hand dyes (you can see in the first picture) and a piece of fabric I bought from Jo Ann's. I drew the bird onto the non-shiny side of the freezer paper, cut it out, then ironed it (shiny side down) onto the fabric to make it adhere. Since this fabric has some gold circles, I'll use gold Lumiere paint with a sponge through the stencil. This should be a soft effect which can be emphasized and enhanced with stitching later.
I drew a sunflower in my sketchbook using pencil, then a black skinny Sharpie, and colored pencil over lines I liked and wanted to emphasize. After that, I watercolored over it. You can still see the bold, bright lines through the watercolors. Next, I photocopied it onto paper-backed fabric I bought at Jo Ann Fabrics. I'm going to fuse interfacing onto the back of it, then try some thread sketching. This is a new technique for me, so we'll see how it goes . . .