So on the highway, we pass this ranch and always remark on what a cool sign it has, and finally The EGE turned around and went back for some photos of this sign high up above the ranch gate:
Which brings us to today's project. Or, actually, what I've been working on secretly all week: the stencil cutting is tedious, tedious work, mostly because the way I did it, I had to cut through two layers of tacked-together paper.
I printed out the photo in quick print, used a glue stick to tack it to the dull side of freezer paper, and cut through both layers to make a freezer paper stencil. I ironed a piece of freezer paper to the wrong side of the t-shirt for stability--if you've ever tried stenciling or painting cotton jersey, you know how it pulls up and stretches. The freezer paper backing prevents this. Then I ironed the cut stencil to the right side--I put this on the back of the shirt (the front has a pocket; I wanted to remove the pockets so I'd have more design room, but he likes them and wants to keep them).
Let it dry to the touch, carefully peel off the stencil (make sure there aren't any wet gobs of paint still on the paper), then allow to dry completely (it's 102 degrees here and bone dry, and I turned on the ceiling fan) and and then heat set: cotton setting on the iron, turn the shirt inside out, iron over each section for three full minutes. Watch my very first ever video, How to Heat Set Properly, or Heat Setting 101. Total goober--I had no idea what I was doing. It's been years, but I still crack up every time I watch it:
OK! If you survived that, you can make it through ANYTHING.
So I heatset the t-shirt properly, and here it is:
I'm pretty dang pleased with the results, I've gotta say.
It's a little crooked on Ricë--she's modeling it because The EGE hasn't seen it yet. And the orange is kind of funky--this room is the worst for color once it's no longer mid-summer: the sun comes in and makes it glow golden orange, but the "sunlight" setting on the camera isn't right, either. So it's never exactly right. Not as bright as the bottom three; it's closer to the first one but still not even that day-glo orange.
And that's The Project for Today. It's after 4 pm, and I think I should probably take a shower and find some clothes~~thanks for stopping by! XO