Monday, October 12, 2009

t-shirt painting

I haven't been blogging much lately because I have had numerous projects going on that have kept me away from writing, but that have allowed me to release some creative energy in other forms. Like freezer paper stenciling. This is something I read about in the blogosphere some time ago, but never tried myself until recently. I made a secret vow some months back to make only handmade gifts this year. Although I have partially failed already, I have also partially succeeded, making my first stenciled t-shirt for adorable Daniele's 2nd birthday, followed by a set of stenciled onsies for a friend's new baby. And then for no other reason than to fulfill my son's newest passion--that adorable elephant Dumbo--I managed to stencil one of those onto a t-shirt as well. I don't think I would have ever chosen to expose him to Dumbo at the tender age of 2, but when we were away in Trentino it was one of the old videos on the shelf that kept him content on one of those rainy stay at home evenings. And while I remembered it as being sad (aren't all those Disney classics sad?), it does have a happy ending, an interesting (drunken) dream scene, and it also brought back childhood memories of my own--I was definitely a fan of Dumbo and I find the 'classic' (outdated?) aesthetic much more appealing than the new children's cartoons available on cable television. You have to admit, he is pretty darn adorable, and I really got into painting the little fellow. And of course, it is my son's new favorite t-shirt.


  1. That Dumbo is adorable, you're really talented! I've seen lots of references to freezer paper stencilling...but I'm wondering, what is freezer paper and is it hard to find in Italy?

  2. Thanks KC! I had the same problem. I had no idea what freezer paper was until I did a little extra internet research. I got a visitor from the U.S. to drag a roll over with them. Apparently you can buy it in any supermarket in the U.S. One side is wax coated and will stick down to your fabric when ironed on. The other side is plasticized and that is your 'front' when cutting out your stencil. If you would like I could send you a piece. I have so much! And I highly recommend trying this out if you are much fun. You will have to get the fabric paints. I am not sure how resistant they are to washing (apparently on the delicate cycle) and someone recommended using screen printing ink instead of fabric paints--harder to find, but I enjoyed using the fabric paints... they can be mixed like regular paints. If I really continue to do this I may invest in better quality paints.


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