Stencil Leaf Print Masks

An exciting project with just the correct balance of challenge and pleasure, for the newbie printer that I am.  A stencil leaf print logo for protective wear was a satisfying commision.

The client supplied me with an image of the logo.  I started by re-designing a simpler stencil version.  This meant adding connecting bridges to  the design.  Using a craft knife, I hand cut stencils from plastic sheeting (Old x-rays!) 

The masks were pre-made and the stencil print leaf was added in 2 separate colourway layers to the finished product.

Stencil leaf print
Stencil leaf print

Using a gorgeous deep green base fabric for the masks,  called for an opaque white fabric paint.  The white paint base was tinted with a little green for the stencil leaf print.  The fabric prints were left to dry, then pressed with a hot iron to set.

The masks were delivered to the client – Overdale Christmas Tree Farm, in time for their annual Christmas tree sale in December.   Each of the assistants were kitted out with one.  Striking, but unusual team bonding garb!  

Have you seen the Recycled Hanky Mask Project we did a while ago?  We creatively used a stash of  beautiful vintage hankies!  Search for more Freshly Found printing projects on the website.  Chat to us if you have a small bespoke printing project you would like us to quote on.  

Stencil leaf print

Care Hints for Stencil Print Leaf Masks

and other Hand-printed Fabric Items

Some hints to preserve tender hand prints.

Once you complete a printing project, it is wise to let the print set.  Wait 48 hours before using the fabric object.

Carefully press the item with an iron set as hot as the fabric can safely take it.  I use a hanky as a press cloth between the iron and the fabric paint to protect the print.

Wash carefully by hand.  Try to minimise tumble drying, and if item requires pressing, iron carefully.

This should ensure a long happy life for your printed fabric item!

Beyond Stencil Leaf Print Masks… 

Further info –

Finally, who could have forseen that labelling masks with logos would be a thing?  That we would be living our lives with our faces covered?  It’s happened before.

You may enjoy this quick overview by France 24 –  A Brief history of masks through the ages! 

Stephen Nash gives his historical insights of mask wearing in his article The Masked Man.  Worth a read! 

Interestingly, both refer to this beak-like mask worn by French medical doctors.