Category Archives: Art

DIY Aztec Print Tote

Earlier this week I worked on a quick and fun DIY project – a stenciled tote. I’ve been using the tote I made in the Lotta Jansdotter workshop, but it’s starting to wear out a bit, so I thought it was time to make myself a new one!

I decided to print a 4 color design, so I had to make 4 different stencils – one for each color. Along with your stencils and tote, you’ll need fabric paint and a stencil brush.

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Even though it was a more complex design with multiple stencils, the process was simple – I just started with the first stencil, let it dry, moved to the next and so on…

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I’m so excited to use it! I think it is going to be a fabulous spring tote!

Also exciting – this was the first project I did in my craft room in my apartment! I still have quite a bit to organize and I have some cabinets to hang, but its definitely functional!photo16Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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If you liked this post, you may want to check out my DIY Stenciled Napkins.

Turn Your Fridge into Art

This weekend while browsing on Pinterest, I found a DIY Photo Magnet Tutorial. I’ve been short on magnets for my fridge and when I saw this, I thought it would be a great way to add some of my own personal flare to a standard (unattractive) kitchen appliance. Now that they’re finished, they make my kitchen feel more homey and transform my fridge into a mini-gallery. I used some of my favorite instagrams, like shots of NYC and the beach, and added in photos of my friends, turning my fridge into a glimpse of my life and art. What’s great about this project is that there are so many possibilities for what you can use as images. You can stick to one theme, use words instead of photos, you could even make your own little illustrations. These magnets would make great homemade gifts too!

Here are some photos of the process and the finished magnets. They were really easy to make. The most time consuming part was cutting the foam board and letting the Modge Podge Dimensional Magic dry. I sealed them with the Modge Podge at night that way they could dry while I was asleep and I wouldn’t have to wait around. I really love the way they turned out!

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I hope everyone has had a great week and had a lovely first day of spring! It’s grey and cold here today…they’re calling for snow again. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for sunshine and warm weather!

Stay curiously chic! xo…Alane

DIY Stenciled Napkins

With apartment decorating on my mind, I did a fun and simple DIY project last weekend – stenciled napkins! I have been thinking about how I can bring my own personality into my new space and one of the things I came up with was my very own set of cotton napkins. I had bought a pack of four from Michaels a couple of weeks ago and hadn’t done anything with them yet. So last weekend, I decided to turn them into a “new apartment” project. I came up with four different designs, one for each napkin because I wanted to have a set of four individual pieces, and got to work stenciling.

Here is a tutorial just for you, so you can try stenciling your own! (Remember, this doesn’t only apply to napkins. You can stencil anything you want, from napkins to pillowcases to t-shirts!)

What you’ll need:

–        a design (keep in mind that this is a stencil, so fine lines can be tricky!)

–        transparency paper (this is what I used as a stencil)

–        permanent marker

–        x-acto knife/razor blade

–        scrap fabric

–        napkins

–        fabric ink

–        stencil brush

–        masking tape

–        hard surface and some cardboard or newspaper to keep things clean

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1. Pre-wash and iron your napkins. You will also need some test fabric, so it’s helpful if you have this ironed and ready to go as well.

2. Create your design – either draw or print your design onto paper (the black areas in my design are what will be cut out and made into a stencil) *Note: if you’re confident enough and don’t feel the need to pre-draw a design, then just draw it directly onto the transparency and skip to Step 4!

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my 4 designs all on one sheet of paper

3. Place a sheet of transparency paper over your design and trace it with a permanent marker.

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as you can see, I did two designs on each sheet of transparency, just to save paper

as you can see, I traced two designs on each sheet of transparency, just to save paper

4. Once you have traced your design, cut out the shapes using an x-acto knife. (don’t forget, you’re going to cut out all of the areas that were black)

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5. Now that you have your stencils made, you’re ready to print. I suggest doing some test runs on scrap fabric before you stencil on your actual napkins. Unforeseen accidents are always possible, but it’s easier to avoid them if you do some tests prints first.

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first test run of all four designs

first test run of all four designs

I didn’t like the way the blue looked, so I decided to try the circles in yellow. I like the yellow better!

I didn’t like the way the blue looked, so I decided to try the circles in yellow. I like the yellow better!

6. If you’re happy with the way your test prints turned out, then you’re ready to print on your napkins. Take your napkin and lay it flat on your table. Make sure it is smooth and tape the sides down with some masking tape so that it doesn’t shift.

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7. Then line your stencil up along the bottom of the napkin, tape down the sides, dip your stencil brush into ink, and stipple the ink onto the fabric.

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my stencil was not as wide as my napkin, so once I stenciled the first half, I just lifted the stencil, being careful not to smudge anything, and moved it over so I could stencil the remaining section.

my stencil was not as wide as my napkin, so once I stenciled the first half, I just lifted the stencil, being careful not to smudge anything, and moved it over so I could stencil the remaining section.

I decided I wanted to have my designs on the bottom and top of my napkin, so once I finished one edge, I just moved the stencil to the opposite end and repeated the process.

I decided I wanted to have my designs on the bottom and top of my napkin, so once I finished one edge, I just moved the stencil to the opposite end and repeated the process.

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8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the remaining napkins with your other designs.

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9. When all of your napkins are stenciled, let them dry thoroughly and then iron them to heat-set the ink. (*Fabric ink must always be heat-set)

Once they are ironed, they are ready to use however you please! You can place them around your table…

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Arrange them in a basket for display…

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Or even hang them over a towel bar on your refrigerator or in your bathroom – they are decorative, yet useful!

now you can see why I printed both ends

now you can see why I printed both ends

Here are a few more shots…

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I really love the way they look. I love the simple geometric designs and the colors I chose and I think they are going to be great for my new apartment!

I hope this post inspires you to go do a stencil project! If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to drop me a note 🙂

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If you liked this post, you may want to check out my DIY Heart T-Shirt and my DIY Pillowcase

DIY Valentine’s Heart Stencil T-Shirt

In light of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share with you a quick and fun heart-filled DIY.

My sister was home from school this weekend and last minute, Sunday afternoon, she says she wants a heart t-shirt. She couldn’t find one in Target, so we took a quick ride to Michaels, bought a plain white v-neck t-shirt and 3 different colors of fabric paint (I bought Martha Stewart multi-surface paint). She wanted pink, lavender and pink glitter. As soon as we got home, I cut two stencils out of transparency paper and then stenciled them onto the t-shirt.

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my design drawn on two transparencies

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cut the stencils with an x-acto knife

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big heart on the front of the shirt

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little hearts going up the side of the shirt

My sister loved the way it turned out and she looked super cute in it! This was such an easy project and took me about an hour to do.

I have another stencil DIY coming up for you in the next couple days that I’m really excited about, so stay tuned!

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