I also want to show you one way I use my own photos for quilts, even if the photos aren't perfect.
So, here's a photo of a white faced heron taking off. Blurry and unclear. But I can still use it.
First off I print it in greyscale in A4 size. Then I take a thin black marker and outline the bird. I refer to the photograph and if something isn't clear, I just fudge it. Then I take this photo and enlarge it to the size I need. My printer has a posterise function that automatically resizes an A4 sheet to A2, then I just tape the relevant prints together.
So now you can paint, or stencil, or discharge or use this stencil however you like.
In this case, I ironed it to a previously rusted piece of fabric. Then I applied wet tea leaves over the shape.
I didn't want the liquid from the leaves to 'wick' too far under the stencil so I wanted it to dry quickly. To do this I placed paper towels over the top and ironed it on a hot setting. Once it was pretty dry, I brushed off the tea leaves, peeled off the stencil and ironed it again.
I'm very pleased with the results!