Recently, I posted on the StencilGirl®️Talk blog about a stenciled tissue holder I made. Since it was so quick and easy to whip up, I decided to make a second one to keep in my car.
This time I worked on a piece of vintage fabric I’d recently picked up in a FaceBook Auction. If you’ve never joined in on a FaceBook auction, warning - they are addictive. Who even knew even knew that such a thing actually existed?
I love this bandana fabric. It reminds me of summers and picnic baskets. Since this project uses so little fabric, I’ll have to think of more projects to use it up. (Suggestions welcomed 🙂)
You can jump on over to my post on StencilGirl®️ Talk to find the dimensions and directions that I used for actually sewing my tissue case. But I thought you might like to see a few pics here of this one.
First I taped off a section of the fabric to work on. I really didn’t have to do this, but sometimes it really is nice to know the boundaries. It can save you some time, which I seem to have very little of this time of year due to the responsibilities of my pesky day job. I needed to contend with that strong red design, so I blocked it out with a coat of gesso applied with a foam brush. After it dried I laid down a base coat of Teal fluid acrylic paint. Then I used the Bees Stencil by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch to stencil in the outline of the bees in Carbon Black. It’s such a fun stencil to work with.
I used a brush to quickly paint in the bodies of the bees in Quinacridone Nickle Azo Gold, ( just about my fav color), and then the wings in Iridescent Gold.
I let that dry and then I used a makeup sponge to pounce gesso through the Sequin Grid Waste Stencil by Jacqueline Sullivan in the background. I could have a masked off the bees and been precise but I just eyeballed it. In the places where I over stenciled a bit, I just used a brush to re-paint over the bee.
That took almost no time at all. Next I sewed in the lining with four simple straight stitches on my machine and another stenciled tissue holder was done!
And it fits perfectly in this little niche in my car.
I’ve been so busy at work lately that I haven’t had much time at all to be creative Its really impacting both my mood and my outlook. I realize that I’m a much happier and more positive person when I have art in my day. That’s why it’s so important for me to have some quick little projects like this to turn to.
Hope your summer is off to a great start!
Until next time.... Hugs,