Thought you might like to see what the process is, when I hand print my Botanical Bebe clothing and accessories as well as my Ecotexture home decor items......
It all starts with a Sketch-
And the "one" happens after 10 or 15 preliminary doodles, scribbles, almost sketches and just abouts......
Then the sketch is enlarged and I transfer it to a sheet of Mylar. Then the fun begins with cutting and cutting and cutting out the stencil, detail by detail.
Colours chosen and mixed-
This is a fun photo of the thickened non-toxic! dyes I use. But generally I don't tend to let them spill all over my design table.... but even dye pots apparently love a photo op!
Fabric and Stencil Meet-
Here is a flower stencil, ready to be printed. The centers I did with a small brush, but the rest of the large stencil is printed using a very dense sponge roller. This means that I have to really think about layout and colour sequences, as these rollers are quite expensive and it is a bit excessive to have one for each colour! So I have 1.
Stencil and Thickened Dye Meet-
Stencil Printed... and the red marks are on the stencil... not the fabric!
And that's how it is done :)