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How to stencil a shirt.
If you'd like a shirt you designed yourself, or with some text on it, but you can't afford having it screen printed, just stencil one yourself! I'll show you how to make one step by step.

Let's get started!

Posted by Tizzalicous from Netherlands Antilles, The Netherlands • Published See Tizzalicous's 4 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Wash your shirt! This is an important step, to allow the shirt to shrink before you apply shirt. If it's an old shirt you can skip this step.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Find a stencil online, or create one yourself. If you'd like to turn a regular picture in photoshop, you can do this by going to: Image > Adjustments > Treshold, and play around with the levels a bit until you got it right.

  • Step 3

    Print the stencil on adhesive paper

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Carefully cut out your stencil with an x-acto knife.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Get out your shirt, peel off the backing of the adhesive tape, and stick it to your shirt.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 6
    Step 6

    If your stencil has any "islands", bits in the middle of the stencil that don't need to get painted, stick those to the shirt too.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stick some old papers around the shirt, overlapping the edges of the stencil, so you can't get paint anywhere on the shirt where you don't want it. Put some paper in between your shirt too, so you won't get paint on the back if it leaks through.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Apply paint to your roller, and carefully apply it to your shirt. Don't press too hard, if you do, the paint will leak under the edges. Make sure the paint is spreaded out evenly. When you finished, let the paint dry.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Apply another layer of paint and let dry again.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 10
    Step 10

    When the second layer is dry, peel the stencil off the shirt. Do this carefully!

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 11
    Step 11

    Fixate the paint by ironing over it with a sheet of baking paper in between.

  • How to paint a t-shirt. Stencil A Shirt - Step 12
    Step 12

    Take a stupid picture of yourself wearing your brand new shirt, to show how happy you are with the results.

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Marleyy Bear
Marleyy Bear · 5 projects
Im so going to do this!! Happy
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MyPinkRainbow
MyPinkRainbow · North Olmsted, Ohio, US
i so love the cherries, they are aweosme ,
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Tizzalicous
Tizzalicous · Netherlands Antilles, NL · 4 projects
Hi everyone! I am sorry, I didn't see the questions about the paint before. I used a special fabric paint, the jar just says "fabric paint", you can get it at any craft store. I didn't mix it with any medium or anything.

xoxo
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Darceyluvshellokitty
Darceyluvshellokitty · Nottingham, England, GB · 3 projects
I think fabric paint :/
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Seniorfuzz aka mishimau
Seniorfuzz aka mishimau
WOAH i never knew tht heheHappy btw what type of paint did u use?
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LoveHugs
LoveHugs
thank you Happy ive always wondered how to do this.
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Lauren S.
Lauren S.
Lol I love your project and the picture at the end.
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Cassie S.
Cassie S. · Oceanside, California, US
Did you mix your paint with fabric medium or is this paint for fabric?
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Lolly.Bot
Lolly.Bot · Enfield, England, GB
This is pretty awesome, but I have two questions to ask:

1)What kind of paint did you use on your top?

2)When washing the shirt after applying the stencil, does the paint fade out? Will it have to be reapplied at a later date or will it be ok?
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Anita ♥
Anita ♥ · Campeche, Campeche, MX · 19 projects
really nice! Happy
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