And not to worry, stenciling is VERY easy and so much fun..you can do these projects in a matter of a couple of hours.
First I decided to print a graphic design on a napkin and wrap it japanese style.
You use a stencil brush or a sponge and simply push paint through your stencil.
You can easily create your own motif and patterns by cutting them out of acetate paper with an x-acto knife. You can also use simple cardboard for your stencil as well, but if you do that remember that you can not use it for a long time or many printings..the paper wont hold up to the pigment, it will get brittle and break, - but for one or two prints you can get away with a cardboard stencil.
I placed and stenciled my graphic design in a random order. I stenciled on a cotton napkin and I used some excellent fabric ink called Pebeo Setacolor Opaque. They have so many brilliant colors to choose from, but the one I used for this project was "Bengal Pink". It worked real well with the light gray, I thought.
Once your print is completely dry, make sure to heat set the ink with your iron: you simply iron the print for about 5 minutes, using the cotton setting on your iron..and Voila: your wrap is ready and can be used and washed over and over again. Fold the fabric and tie it in a "bow" ala Japanese wrapping style..it could not be easier, or prettier... Such a fabulous gift in itself!
The bags are so cute, come in all kinds of sizes and you can print all over patterns or single motifs, use letters and monograms. These bags are very useful after christmas: for trinkets, toys, makeup and special things. Have fun making ...and happy holidays!