I first drew out my heart on an old manilla folder, cut out the stencil, triple-folded some freezer paper, drew around my cut lines, and then cut out several hearts using my exacto knife:
Here's one of the freezer paper templates ready to go:
and applied to my print cloth:
This is my first piece:
I like the color gradation going from light to dark. I am loving the stencil!
Here I've ironed the painted print cloth and removed my freezer paper:
I was feeling badly about removing the freezer paper and 'rejecting' it!I don't think I like it as well as before...the contrast with the white heart was better, don't you agree?
OK, moving right along, I decided to make it a heart of gold, so I painted over the entire piece of print cloth with some diluted gold textile paint
So, as I said, I was feeling badly about rejecting those freezer paper hearts (and there are quite a few, and they were rather time-consuming to cut out, even if I cut them in triplicate), and I suddenly had a little brainstorm (better than a brain f___, wouldn't you agree?) and decided to use them for my Valentines this year. They are truly lovely:
Here is the last print that I did, combining some smooshing from last week's exercise: