Aztec Lizard Stenciled

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Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizards quilted wall hanging

Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizard

Have you ever tried painting on fabric while using a stencil? I was recently contacted by Stencil Revolution and asked if I would like to try out a couple of their stencils. The Aztec Lizard and Owl stencil looked fun.

I was curious how Stencil Revolution would ship the stencils as the size I chose was 12″ x 18″. I am happy to say that the stencils were shipped flat in a heavy envelope.

Stencil Revolution owl and lizard stencils

I used to do stenciling all the time on fabric but it has been a while.  I decided to pull out a piece of premium muslin for my first stenciling project. I am using the 12″ x 18″ Aztec Lizard stencil from Stencil Revolution but just wanted to showcase one of the lizard.

I used some painter’s masking tape to cover a small section of the lizard I wasn’t using and also to tape the stencil in place on the fabric and the table.Stencil Revolution Aztec lizard using Inktense pencils

Painting the Aztec Lizard

I pulled out my Derwent Watercolor pencils and a couple Pentel Water Brushes. I like using the watercolor pencils with the stencil which is thick enough that it was easy to outline around each section and then fill them in. I then used the water brush to wet the area.

Stencil Revolution Aztec lizard using Inktense pencils

I didn’t bother doing any blending as I knew I was going to be doing some freemotion stitching with Aurifil threads that matched the colors of the watercolor pencils.

Heat set the watercolors

Always be sure to heat set the colors with an iron, I really should have pressed my fabric better before I did my stenciling. I had a perfect lime green batik that I used to add a border to my piece.

I wanted a fun green batik for the back, I needed a fat quarter and can you guess where the fabric was? Why did I start packing things up so soon! It will probably be at least another month before we start moving things to the new house.

We took down the shelves behind my sliding design wall and I’ve been stacking boxes of stuff that I thought I wouldn’t be using for a bit.

Fabric stash of box of batiks

I pulled out the green batik for the backing and then added two layers of a wool/cotton batting. 

Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizards quilted wall hanging

I probably should have just used one layer of batting as I quilted the whole pieced pretty densely. I did a little thread painting on the lizard using my 15-91 Singer sewing machine. The foot I am using is a darning foot.

Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizards quilted wall hanging

Here are the colors of Aurifil thread that I used.

Aztec Lizard with Aurifil thread
I used a neutral color for the background and as you can see, I really flattened it out with the stippling I did.

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Quilting the Aztec Lizard with my vintage sewing machine

I added some loops to the top and I’ll probably hang this on a branch like I did my Colorful Elephant Walk wall hanging. I’d use the same branch but I think I already packed it away.

Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizards quilted wall hanging

Here is a look at the back of the piece…..pretty dense quilting.

Backside of the Aztec Lizard stencil on batik

Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizard

I had fun using the Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizard stencil on fabric with watercolor pencils and thread painting.

We have too much snow on the ground right now to go out and look for one. When I got done  I thought the yellow wasn’t dark enough so I used a light brown watercolor pencil to darken the yellow areas a little. Much better!  

Aztec Lizard stenciled on muslin

Stencil Revolution is a small, family-owned operation based out of Spring Hill, Florida. When you place an order, a member of their family personally cuts, packs, and ships it directly to you!

  • Free shipping on orders over $30 
  • 9 categories of stencils
  • Stencils in sizes from 5″ x 6″ to 55″ x 35″
  • Prices are very reasonable and the quality is excellent!

Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizard stencil on fabric

I thought it would be fun to share a closeup of the little thread painted lizard.Stencil Revolution Aztec Lizard stencil on fabric closeup

I am really impressed with the quality of the stencils and the thickness of them. I’m not sure how soon I’ll finish the next project using the Owl stencil, I traced all of the pieces of the owl on Heatnbond Lite iron-on adhesive    and I’ll be appliqueing it. I think I’ll use several different colors of batiks! Have you done this type of stenciling?

Stencil Revolution owl and lizard stencils

Have you ever done stenciling on fabric? I also have printed designs on fabric and then quilted around them like this Feathered Kaleidoscope wall hanging I made. This is another technique I should do again as it was so much fun!


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  1. love, Love, LOVE the stencils – have never tried, but since you have made this look SOOO EASY, I shall put this on a To Do List! The fabric you selected for the backing is PERFECT, as tho’ it was made for that Lizard Project! WooHoo, lucky you that it was not among the missing boxes, as you go thru the ordeal of moving……………..

  2. So cute! But that owl is adorable! Can’t wait to see what you’ll make with it!

  3. Things come around and go around. I first stenciled on fabric well over 50 years ago. Then picked it up again when it was used as home décor. So now it’s back to fabric.

    Your little guy is cute and this is a good project for thread painting as you have done. I still have my stencil brushes and may have to try this out. You do such nice work and provide inspiration as well as a look at what’s new on the stitching horizon. Thanks.

  4. Stencil Revolution is very smart to ask you to create it their stencils. Ths lizard has come to life in your creative fabric world. I LOVE the Owl stencil too. What a fun way to spend the day. Oh My Goodness on your fabric packing. At least your clear tubs allow you to see inside. Fabulous February Dear…

  5. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Carole, What a brilliant idea! I have a dozen or so stencils that were in a box at a garage sale, mixed in with fabrics, threads, ribbons and lace all for one dollar. I hung them on a wall and have never done a thing with the stencils. LOL. I do not have water colors, but I have permanent markers and will have to try doing some of the applique with some of them. Your lizard is incredible with the painting and then enhanced with the thread painting and your fabulous free motion quilting skills! I can not wait to see the appliqued owl! Connie, I believe you are the best person to come up with ideas that work so marvelously with fabrics creating brilliant and fun projects that everyone of all ages appreciate and love! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us! Have the grandest day exploring new possibilities today, again!!!

  6. Lori Smanski says:

    This is so wonderful. Great idea. I used to stencil on t-shirts and sweat shirts. Been a long time. Great idea to bring it to my quilting now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    I have never tried stencils or painting on fabric. I guess I need to expand my horizons! You are taking Iggy with you, aren’t you?

  8. That really does look like fun and the lizard is so cute. Of course, the fabric you wanted was on the bottom of the pile, but at least you knew where it was.

  9. That looks like a very fun project. I’ve never tried this technique of painting on fabric but may have to check it out.

    I really love that owl stencil and can’t wait to see the applique.

  10. I LOVE the lizard. The colors you used are great for it and I really like the idea of using the pencils for the colors. Of course your fabric choice would be at the bottom of the bottom bin! That’s the story of my life too.

    I’ll have to check out those stencils. It sounds like a great company.

  11. I have never done fabric stenciling but you made it look so fun. I love the lizard!