How to Print Tees With a Stencil

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Printing tees with a stencil is a process you can do with a stencil that already exists or by making your own. Print tees with a stencil with help from the owner of Impatiently Crafty, a DIY site documenting her build, make and create adventures (and bloopers) at home and in life, in this free video clip.

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I'm Lindsey Ralston, and this is how to print tees with a stencil. This project is really fun because you can actually make your own stencils or use existing ones you find at craft stores and take a really plain T-shirt and make it into something more fun. To get started with this one, you want to lay your T-shirt out on a flat surface and then put some paper in between the front and the back. Decide where you want to have your stencil and rub out the T-shirt and make sure it's all nice and flat because the next step you want to take your stencil, spray it lightly with some temporary fabric adhesive so that it doesn't remain on the shirt when you are done, spray the back of that stencil with that adhesive. Now lay it flat down on the shirt where you want your artwork. Once you've pressed that down you are now ready to get out your fabric paint and start stenciling. Take your fabric paint and pour it out onto a plate. Then you want to take a foam brush, you want kind of a round brush. You don't want to paint back and forth, you want to more dob when you are working with stencils. So take that brush, dip it into the fabric paint, lightly tap it on the plate, make sure it's not super thick and start dabbing on that stencil, lightly dabbing, no rubbing, dab all the way through. Continue dabbing until you get the full stencil completely covered. Once it's covered, I usually wait a couple of minutes just for the initial set and then peel off that stencil. Let it dry for the recommended time on the manufacturer's label. Once it's dry, wash and wear.


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