This is an intricate design and I recommend starting off with a simple design like this. Then, as you get some technique going, go for something harder.
Next, start cutting. Remember to cut out the reverse, of your picture so that you create a stencil. (I often do this in the early morning hours, before my kids rise, so that we are ready do work on an art project and I don't have sharp tools around.) I like to cut on a glass cutting board, it makes nice smooth curves.
I find the cutting to be the most tedious part. However, when you are done, it's so totally worth it! It goes quickly from here, I promise!
So, here is the completed stencil on freezer paper, cut and ready to go. I try to cut 4 or 5 at a time so we can paint several things at once. Put some heavy paper, in this case old pieces of manila folders, inside what your working on to keep the paint from bleeding through.
You are going to need your iron now. I like to iron (on high heat) before I put the stencil down so that I have a nice smooth place for the design. Place your design on the fabric shiny plastic side down and move it around where you want it. Then iron it in place. I recommend doing about 1/3 at a time. That way you can move your stencil if necessary. You can peel it up and re-iron if necessary.
The great part is, that you don't have to wait to see your design. Start to peel off the freezer paper. I use tweezers to get any small areas that stick.
There it is! Just let it dry and iron over the dried acrylic paint to set it. It will wash well after that.
I added another stencil to this one and now I have a nice little gift tote! Awesome, I love the freezer paper stencil!
To see other projects with Freezer Paper stencils, look here. I have lots of ideas for this fun project!