As you know, I just finished the big re-do of my website and that took all my creative energy for the last couple of weeks. Now that it is accomplished, I find myself wandering around the house looking for direction.
Time to start dreaming again. And that does take time. Time to rest. Time to look at new ideas and not get carried away making them into BIG ideas. Just little ones. Easy-to-accomplish tasks.
So something I came across this week was this simple way to make your own stencils. I have art friends who use stencils extensively to make hand made papers for collage.
I found a video (link at end) that showed how to squirt hot glue in some pattern onto a silicone baking mat and you get an instant stencil.
In my hurry to try this, I didn’t have a silicone baking mat, so I thought that freezer paper would be a good substitute. Umm, it didn’t work.
So I bought silicone baking mats and also a new hot glue gun since mine did not deliver as much hot glue as the one in the video.
New start-new mats-new glue gun. Hmmm. The new gun, even though it was 100 watts and my old one was 40, did not deliver glue any faster.
But putting the designs on the silicone worked great. I was still struggling with getting nice edges and a nice looking stencil. In the video, she uses craft mist paints. Since I didn’t have any mist paints, I diluted some liquid watercolors in a saved spray bottle. (Save all your spray bottles…)
They worked OK. Still think the stencil needs more glue to make wider shapes that would lay flat on the paper to make a good resist.
After some thought, I realized the glue might come out faster if I changed the nozzle on the gun. So I heated both guns up and even though I only had nozzles for my original glue gun, I thought I’d see if they could fit on the new one.
The old glue gun nozzle changed easily. When I pulled of the nozzle of the new gun, I was turning it with the special wrench (you can’t touch those things because they are HOT) and when it was loose enough, it just fell off…and dumped a load of HOT glue on the back of my fingers. Do you know how hot 220 degree C is?!? It permanently bonded to my skin. I tried pulling a little, but skin was coming off with it. So there you go. Use caution. Those warnings are for real.
Anyway, I kept going with my old gun and the new nozzle and here’s what I came up with.
After these designs, I was kinda bored since I wasn’t getting what I was hoping for and making the stencils was much more difficult than originally imagined. I do like spraying paint through stencils though!
So after all that, it’s a nice idea, but not for me. Here’s a link to the original video.
Have you ever tried this? Is there a trick? If you are reading this via email, click here and scroll down to comment.