Friday, December 13, 2013

A StencilGirl Blog Hop Featuring Sue Pelletier's Designs...

I'm back today, playing along in another StencilGirl blog hop, this time featuring the designs of Sue Pelletier.  I love Sue's whimsical designs and today I'm using her Loose Woman #1 stencil.  I decided to experiment with a technique that's been on my 'to do' list for some time...using deColourant, a product created to remove pigment from fabric.  



I started with a wonderfully colourful piece of my hand dyed fabric.  After laying the stencil over the fabric I sprayed the deColourant over the entire image. Following the directions on the spray bottle, I waited until it had dried completely (I'm not good at this waiting part, but it specifically says to let it air dry so I had no choice!).

Once the deColourant was completely dry, I used a steam iron and ironed the fabric, watching the magic as the colour left, leaving behind Sue's fabulous Loose Woman image!

I then used an idea I got from Laura Kemshall.  I printed the text I wanted to add to the piece, added a piece of freezer paper over top and then used a craft knife to cut the text out, leaving behind the stencil of the words.

The freezer paper stencils were ironed onto the fabric and I then used a white Shiva paintstik and my finger to apply the paint.


As you can see, I put paint in the letters and also around the outer edge of the mini word stencils so that I could highlight the shape of the word 'blocks'.



When the freezer paper was carefully removed, the text and those block shapes were left! The next step in this work in progress will be to add some machine stitch.  I hope you'll come back next Wednesday when I'll be posting about the machine doodling/stitching that I plan to add.  Until then, enjoy the rest of the blog hop (more details below) and have a fabulous weekend!



Great news...StencilGirl has a giveaway! 
All comments left on the hop are eligible for the giveaway so 
the more blogs you comment on, the more chances you will have to win. 
Have fun and GOOD LUCK!

The giveaway will close on Monday, December 16th at 11:59PM Central Time. 


Blog Hop Order:

Linda Kittmer-you are here!
Kirsten Reed-YOUR NEXT STOP




98 comments:

  1. Decolourant is new to me. Loose woman is perfect for this piece, and I loved seeing the process...thanks.

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    1. Thanks Jo. DeColourant is a really fun product, especially when working with your own hand-dyed fabric!

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  2. I love Sue's Loose Woman!
    The addition of text is fabulous - I shall be trying Laura's technique!

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    1. Thanks Gill. I thoughts Sue's stencil was fabulous for this too!

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  3. Linda, I've not tried DeColourant and now I have got to! That looks like so much fun. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  4. What fun! I've been meaning to try the deColourant. Did you order on-line or find a local source? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    1. Thanks Anne Marie, I bought it a couple of years ago at a vendors market somewhere, but I know you can get it online.

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  5. Linda, your hand dyed fabric is gorgeous! And I love how your piece turned out... fabulously free!

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  6. wow! Love the batik look you achieved here. I'm so in awe of your facility with fabrics. And those words - perfect!

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    1. Thanks Jessica. It's a great product...fun results.

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  7. thanks for using a loose woman stencil-the effect you achieved with your process is fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Linda. Sue's stencils are so much fun!

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  8. Linda, Linda, Linda... first I have to say that your original fabric is AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS. I love this deColourant idea. Wow.. this came out beautiful. I have love that saying "perfectly imperfect". I started using that recently. Great minds.

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    1. Thanks Judy. I was inspired by a lot of the hand dyes that Vicki Welsh does...she uses so many fabulous colour combinations in her fabrics that I just had to try it myself. And DeColourant is new to me, but I love it.

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  9. WOW! Linda- just fabulous!! Your Your hand dyed fabric is sooo delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

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  10. That is a fun stencil design! Love the background fabric too.

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  11. Some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing your process!

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    1. Thanks Christy. Sue's designs are so much fun!

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  13. Between the deColourant, freezer paper stencils and paint stick, this is INCREDIBLE, Linda!!
    Love it!

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  14. Beautiful. I will be back to see how you add sewing to the piece.

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  15. I love what you did with the Stencil Girl Stencil, very unique.............

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  16. I am totally blown away by your art!! Never having worked with fabric, I am learning that there are many techniques out there that I have yet to explore. Thank you for the enlightenment and lovely work.

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  17. Love what you did with the stencil!

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  18. Very neat idea... and I had not seen the tip on how to make the freezer paper stencil with a print out.
    I am not very patient either...

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    1. Thank you. I must say, cutting out the text stencil in the freezer paper does take patience, but it's worth it!

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  19. deColourant added to wish list for Santa! Very cool!!! I cannot believe you did that with an craft knife--oh my!!! Wonderful project!

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    1. Thanks Maria. I hope Santa comes through...you'll love playing with it!

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  20. wow Linda.. this is the special feminine loosley woman ART!
    enchanting!

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    1. Thanks Susi. Sue's stencils are so much fun!

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  21. I have just recently begun following the blog hops, and have found that I am always anxious to jump ahead to see what you have done. Again, your work WOW's me. Thank you for being a part of this fun blog hop and for all of your creative ideas!

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    1. Thank you so much Marsha. That's so kind of you to say!

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  22. The loose woman comes out beautifully on your fabric, I work on canvas, but never tried other fabric, high time I think... loved your lettering as well!

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    1. Thanks Ruth. I'm really pleased with that lettering technique too.

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  23. Oh Linda, this is great, I love how you did the words, they just sparkle on the fabric! I never thought to use the decolurant like that! A whole ne experiment awaiting me!

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    1. Thanks Denise. Now you've got me curious as to how you use Decolourant.

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  24. What a brilliant idea. I have loads of batiks, I'll have to try this.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I'm sure it will work beautifully with batiks too.

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  25. WOW! I am soooo impressed! Hand-cutting your letters. I don't think I would ever have such patience. I bow to you in reverence my art queen! :)) This is beautiful!

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  26. Holy Cow!!! This is jaw dropping gorgeous!!! So many ideas here... thanks for sharing! Your hand dyed fabric is amazing... now I have to scour your blog to find how/what you do. The make your own lettering is brilliant! Ive made my own stencils from images, but somehow the text idea never came to me... thanks for the tip and idea!

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    1. Thanks Caroline. As I said in the post, the text idea came from Laura Kemshall.

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  27. So so glad this blog hop brought me to you. I'll be back to see the next stage and future projects.

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    1. Thanks Kate. I'll look forward to your return visits.

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  28. Wow Linda! I have been considering purchasing deColourant for some time having seen it demonstrated with rubber stamps. Never thought of using it with stencils or combining it with paint. Theresa x

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    1. Thanks Theresa. I'm glad I could give you some new inspiration.

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  29. Would love to try your technique with one of Sue's stencils. Looks really fun. I would love to win a set. thank you.

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  30. Absolutely stunning techniques. So brave to de-color the fabric! And the freezer paper stencils were worth the effort; they came out perfect. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I'm really please with how it turned out.

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  31. I love the results at this stage! Thanks for sharing materials and techniques that are new to me and great incentives to continue my Mixed Media adventure:)

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  32. I love it!! thanks for the inspiration

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  33. This is gorgeous! I hadn't heard of the decolourant. Of course I'll need to head to my local art shop tomorrow! :)

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    1. Thanks. You may not find it in an art shop, but if not you can certainly find it online. Have fun!

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  34. Wow this result is outstanding. Love the die fabric first and that has to be hard to add the stencil touch in case it didn't work but OH MY it worked wonderfully. I love this whole piece and the sentiment is great. Love your work. This is a great stencil would really be fun to play with.

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    1. Thanks BIllie. Yes, there is a bit of risk when using DeColourant, but that's part of the fun.

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  35. Though I don't work with fabric, I love to see what you create with it. I have followed your blog for over a year and I am awed by your fabric creations

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    1. Thanks Teresa. I'm honoured to have you as a follower!

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  36. I love fabrics in my art and want to play more with them. This piece definitely inspires me. I would love to run to my studio right now and play! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful work :)

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    1. Thanks Laura. I'm so glad I could inspire you. Have fun!

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  37. Beautiful. So free form and colorful. I have to get into stenciling and play with all of these fun ideas. Get out of the box.

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  38. I love the combo platter of fabrics in mixed media projects!...thanks for your inspiration & bloghopportunity!!!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. Love that word 'boghopportunity' LOL

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  39. Linda, thanks for the tutorial. I'm so happy you posted how to do a stencil with freezer paper. I love that font; is it one I can get on the Internet? Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Carmen L

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    1. Thanks Carmen. The font is Stamp Act Jumbled and I did get it free online.

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  40. Now I know what I want to do with that bottle of DeColourant I bought!

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    1. I'm so glad I could be an inspiration for you Melinda. Have fun!

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  41. Fabulous!!!!! Love these techniques on your fabric.

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  42. Wonderful work! Thanks for the tutorial!
    Cheers
    Gabriele

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  43. Que estupendo tutorial y que magnífico resultado después de utilizar la plantilla y dar color

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  44. I like learning new techniques. A unique way to use stencils. Thanks

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you learned something new and enjoyed the hop.

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  45. I love how you used Sue's stencil- that decolorant gives it such an amazing look on the on the bright colored fabric! And then to hand cut- wow- amazing!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. It been a fun piece to work on...can't wait to show everyone where it's going as I continue working on it.

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