Using the same tool – a self-made stencil – in consecutive phases of a fabric design project
Dear friends of Your Colourful Mind,
Today’s project is about the creation and use of a self-made stencil.
At the beginning of the project, only one stencilling process was planned. But the result was not very impressive.
Then the idea came up to add another layer of paints, using the same stencil again, but in a different way.
T-shirt design – Stencilling with fabric spray paints, fabric paints and fabric paint liners
Phase 1 – Creating the stencil and using it with fabric spray paints
I wanted to use a self-made stencil and decided to cut out some simple shapes from a sheet of thin cardboard.
Then I needed only to add some fabric spray paints to make my set of stencilling supplies complete:
Now I placed the stencil and also the cut-out pieces on a t-shirt.
The next step was simple: Spraying with the spray paints.
The problem during the spraying process was that the cardboard stencil got wet and bulged out, it no longer lay flat on the fabric and therefore I didn’t get a clear design. 🙁
This is how it looked after the spraying was finished:
I didn’t like this result and decided to continue with further but different stencelling.
Phase 2 – Using the stencil again but now with fabric paints and fabric paint liners
I used only some of the stencil’s shapes, brushing with the fabric paint over the holes. I also chose some of the cut-out pieces which I outlined with the fabric paint liners.
The final result now looks better:
Learning points during this project:
- Thin cardboard is not an ideal material for self-made stencils if we plan to apply fabric spray paint.
- But even a cardboard stencil which got wet and buckled up can be used again if it is dried under some heavy books. It gets flat again.
- Stencils made from cardboard are suitable if we wish to stencil with thick fabric paints.
- Whenever we are not happy with the result of a fabric painting project, we can decide to apply the same or another technique for the creation of a second layer.
Do you use self-made or ready-made commercial stencils for your projects? What are your experiences? Share them with us and send images of your projects to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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