cut (or rip) a piece of freezer paper (must be freezer paper - with wax on one side only) to cover the area you want to print on.
draw one or more simple shapes that youâ€™ll be able to cut out with scissors, on the paper side.
now cut out your shapes carefully, making minimal cuts to get to the shapes and between shapes. be sure not to accidentally cut out anything that shouldnâ€™t be cut out (hope that makes sense).
now iron the stencil onto your fabric (wax side down, iron on high heat),
starting with the center, carefully working your way out to the edgesâ€¦
make sure you iron the cut parts down so they are touching, so you donâ€™t end up with stenciled lines connecting the shapes.
now paint in the stencils by dabbing in up+down motions around the outlines.
if you paint side-to-side you risk painting under the stencil and getting paint in the parts where the cut edges are touching.
once youâ€™re done painting, you can pretty much peel off the stencil whenever you want - i usually wait 5-10 minutes; i know some people wait till it dries completely, but iâ€™m way too impatient for that!