After getting this idea from my friend Mary Ann Russo. I gave it a try with my stencils...
|Above: one of the finished prints using my stencil Borders 1.|
I started with a shallow basin of lemon juice -- I used an expired bottle of Joe's Key West Lemon Juice. (In my refrigerator, it's easy to find expired condiments ... just reach all the way to the back.)
|Above: The stencil afloat in a basin of lemon juice.|
I tipped the basin back and forth to make sure the stencil was coming into full contact with the juice. Then I pulled up the stencil, let it drip excess juice, and placed it onto a sheet of vintage paper that already had foxing along its edges. See below:
I lightly pressed a finger alongside the two edges of the stencil to make sure it came into full contact with the vintage paper. Then I lifted off the stencil and set aside the paper to dry.
After it dried, the last step was to heat the surface with an iron. (I also tried a heat gun but it didn't work well for me.) I used a specialized iron made for crafters (see below) but a dedicated household iron would work fine. I used the hottest setting on my crafters' iron, but with a household iron (dedicated to crafts only), I would experiment with dry settings, starting with low heat to be on the safe side, and gradually increasing heat till the results began to show. It's a simple matter of slightly scorching the dried lemon juice to make the design become visible. Prior to being heated, it's nearly invisible.
|The above prints show the variety that results from using this technique. Each print is unique, altho the differences are subtle.|
Borders 1 stencil looks like this before its three borders have been cut apart --
-- and it's one of three Borders series stencils I've designed, each containing three borders.
To see all my stencils, please check here.
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