Guest Blog Post by Design Team Member Venisa Gallegos
Comments in italics by Deb
Blue Twig Assignment for February
This month, I got several items from Deb to try out including a set of a new kind of cardboard stencils from Faber Castell and some dimensional paint also from Faber Castell. The set of stencils are simply called Mixed Media Stencils and contains 10 different stencils at a very reasonable price. There are several sets of stencils and Deb gave me Set 102 to play with. The metallic paint is called Texture Luxe and comes in Copper, Silver, Gold, and Pearl. It’s basically an opaque paint designed to work with Stencils and is Permanent. I’ll say right off the bat I tested it on fabric and washed it and it didn’t wash out. Yay!!! (good to know!)
Figure 1 – Set of Stencils and dimensional paint from Faber Castell
First I’ll talk about the Stencils. I read that some people first coat the cardboard stencils with a glaze to help them last longer. I actually did this but after using several stencils I decided it wasn’t worth it because the paint actually did a good job of coating the stencils. They are also very strong and I had no problem using them over and over again. (Side note: Deb actually told me that I didn’t need to coat them with glaze but I had to see for myself. Guess I could have saved myself some time if I listened to Deb in the first place.) (Ha Ha – you should always listen to me. At least that is what I always tell my husband. )
What I loved about the set of stencils was that you can get 10 really cool stencils for a very decent price. So if you didn’t have any stencils and wanted to try them out this is a great investment. (Plus once they are all coated up with paint and paste and stuff, and not really usable as stencils anymore, you can cut them up and use those pieces in your art!)
I spent most of my time using the Texture paint. It has a very buttery texture and was easy to apply. I tested it on paper and fabric as you’ll see in the next figure. On paper it came out very crisp but my first attempt on fabric I had some leakage under the stencil. You see that my next attempt came out better but I still had some leakage.
Figure 2 – Texture Luxe on Paper and Fabric
On my second attempt I tried to stitch around the petals of the leaves to see if I could make them stand out.
As you can see in Figure 3 the stitching didn’t quite show up that well. This is the piece I test and you can see that the paint stayed on perfectly. I decided that the dimensional paint would be good on T-Shirts but that I’d have to make sure I had a stencil that really stayed down on the fabric. (You may want to try to adhere the stencil down with a temporary spray adhesive like 505.)
Figure 3 – Second attempt at Texture Luxe on Fabric with a close up of some added stitching
You’ll see in Figure 4 that when I used a very tight stencil I got a very crisp image with no leakage on fabric so I know it’s possible to do.
Figure 4 – Texture Luxe with Stencil
Figure 5 – Texture Luxe on Hand Dyed Duck Cloth
Finally, I decided to stencil the flowers on some hand dyed duck cloth that I had previously dyes. I really love how the copper color popped on the fabric as shown in Figure 5. I’m thinking of leaving this just as it is and either adding it to a collage piece of maybe even sewing it onto a canvas bag. I will definitely look into using some of the pearl colored metallic paint and add my own color to the paint. I can see that with this technique I can make some fun pieces to add to other types of art projects. I also can see getting some more stencil sets because they have such a great variety.
Thanks for another great product review Venisa. I always love seeing what you do with the products. I love the Faber-Castell products, and the stencil sets and Texture Luxe are great!
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