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Hand Made Summer Camp: Lace Stencils!


Welcome back to Summer Camp! I hope you had fun with Jessica’s paper people — I know I did!

This week, we’ll be using lace as a delicate and unique stencil. You can use fabric lace or paper doilies (as I used in this project) on any number of things: t-shirts, paper, or one of the many free tote bags everyone seems to have nowadays.

This week's craft was inspired by a project in the book Print! 25 Original Projects Using Hand-Printing Techniques on Fabric and Paper by Joy Jolliffe, which can be found at many of our neighborhood libraries.

For this project, you will need:

  • lace or paper doilies (when you pick out your lace, keep in mind that the bigger the pattern, the better the print will turn out)
  • a tote bag
  • tape
  • scissors
  • fabric paint
  • a sponge or paintbrush

Step one: attach your stencil using tape. If you are printing on thin fabric, you might want to put some newspaper underneath so that the paint doesn’t bleed through.

Step two: once the stencil is attached securely, use a sponge or brush to press the fabric paint on your tote bag.

Step three: carefully remove the lace or doilies and let the fabric dry.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Hope to see your finished products on our flickr page!

Coming up: a great Fourth of July craft. See you then!


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