Making faux batik fabric – stencilling the design: Part 2

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You can see part 1 here.
After finishing the faux batik process, I’m now ready to finish the piece of cloth by adding a stencilled flower design. I chose a flower design that looked kind of batik-like and cut the stencil using using my new Silhouette Cameo. I *love* that I can now design and cut stencils – even large ones like this which is 8″ square – in only a matter of minutes.
Making batik fabric using flour paste resist
It’s sometimes difficult to transfer sharp stencil design to fabric, however the trick is to use a padded surface. I usually place a piece of quilt batting underneath the fabric, a sheet of plastic on top of the batting to protect it, and then the fabric to be stencilled on top.
How to make a silk screen
For this project I’m using screen printing ink, which is transparent so it won’t cover up the batik crackle. And for large stencils I like to use a large foam pouncer.
How to make a silk screen
When using large stencils I tape the top and left edges to prevent the stencil from shifting.
How to make a silk screen
And then I can fold the right side back to take a peek and make sure the paint is transferring properly.
How to make a silk screen
With these tools and technique, I always get a crisp outline on my stencilled designs.
How to make a silk screen
I like the way this one is turning out. And I like that I actually managed to choose a paint color that matches my coordinating fabric. It doesn’t always work out that way.
How to make a silk screen
Although this project is taking a little longer than I expected, the fabric should be finished shortly and then I can start sewing – yeah!! Because remember when I started out – this is going to be the fabric for my new crazy looking bag. You can see the pattern here. The final installment soon. I hope.

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