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.
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.
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.
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.
I pulled out the green batik for the backing and then added two layers of a wool/cotton batting.
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.
Here are the colors of Aurifil thread that I used.
I used a neutral color for the background and as you can see, I really flattened it out with the stippling I did.
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.
Here is a look at the back of the piece…..pretty dense quilting.
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!
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!
I thought it would be fun to share a closeup of the little thread painted lizard.
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?
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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