My Zinnia stencilled pillow is finally completed and following is the process that got it completed. It was long project but the results where worth it. First I downloaded and cut the stencil from Ready Made Magazine.
Next I laboriously cut out by hand all of fifty or so petals to form the flower. Then to find some fabric for the pillows I wanted to stencil. I had a few pieces of muslin but not enough to make four pillows. My husband suggested that we needed new curtains in the bedroom and why not use that fabric. So that is what I did. Down they came and into the washer they went.
There was just enough for the four pillows and cut 4 squares about 19" x 19". For the paint I used Regular acrylic paint in Cadmium Orange and mixed it with textile medium with a 2:1 ratio of paint to the medium. Laid out the stencil and randomly placed and rotated the stencil to make a more interesting pattern
This was the very first test and the Zinnia's turned out quite nice, so I proceeded to cover the whole piece of muslin.
With Textile medium you need to allow the paint to cure for seven days and then press with an iron for 20 seconds on each of the painted areas. This was the time consuming part since this was done over three weekends, I was in the middle of the process the entire time (it felt like anyway) with no completed end in sight. But last weekend was at last the sewing and finishing weekend. They are actually covers for pillows that I already have and have a dark pattern and one layer of muslin was not covering the dark pattern. I had to double the muslin to make the covers more opaque. First ironed to set, sewed together and covered the old pillow and they are done.
They look amazing and change the feel of the room too more casual and summery. Just the look that I wanted to achieve.
Now I can sit back and relax and enjoy another project completed. Well maybe since I still have a few more projects on my list,but for now my Zinnia Stencil has been stored away for the summer.