C&T, our publisher, is now packaging Liquitex acrylic paints, inks, and Inktense pencils in sizes (and prices) that are good for quilters. I got some samples to play with and yesterday took some time to do just that.
I decided to use this flower stencil, from The Crafter's Workshop, with the paint.
I have to admit that I have worked with paint and dye before and I knew that if the paint was too thin or too thick it wouldn't work with this stencil.
I tried placing the the stencil on top of the fabric and painting over it. I decided that I didn't want that much paint on my fabric.
The next thing I did was paint one side of the stencil, turn it upside down on top of the fabric, cover it with a paper towel (to absorb excess paint) and roll it all flat with a brayer. If you don't have a brayer, use a rolling pin covered with plastic wrap.
I had hoped for crisper prints but the more I looked at these, the more I like them. I know that I could get crisper lines if I used the stencil to make a silk screen and then silk screened the fabric. That's actually not hard to do – but it's not how I want to spend my time.
This was fast and fun and it's yet another good way to make your own fabric.