Custom T Shirt Stencil Project by Oak Lane Studio

Custom T Shirt Stencil Project by Oak Lane Studio

Make your style your own with this Custom Stencil T-Shirt Project from Oak Lane Studio.

Here's what you'll need:

Ordering your Custom Stencil

First, visit today to order your custom stencil. You can choose your text, font, size, and layout and even upload the image of your choosing and we will work with you to make it into a piece of visually compelling stencil art!

Preparing the Shirt

Before stenciling make sure your shirt is clean, free of lint, and free of wrinkles.

Next, wrap your shirt around a cardboard box top or similar object, ensuring that the area you are going to stencil is centered over the flat part of the box. To ensure proper design placement, also make sure the stencil is equidistant from and parallel to the shirt edges.

Position your stencil so that the design is between two and three inches from the bottom of the collar, depending on the size of the design and the shirt size.

Preparing to Stencil

Now, remove the stencil and spray the backside with some Repositionable Spray Adhesive in a well ventilated area. Wait 30 to 60 seconds for the spray to become tacky, then re-position it on the shirt and press to ensure good contact.

Shake your bottle of Americana Acrylic Paint prior to pouring out a small amount onto a paper plate. Next, add an equal amount of Fabric Medium and mix thoroughly with a brush until it is blended completely with the paint.

How to Stencil

Load your high density foam roller by rolling it in one direction into the edge of the puddle of paint, each time gradually picking up more and more paint. This will ensure that the roller soaks up the paint evenly.

After initially loading the roller, remove excess paint by rolling it a few times on a stack of paper towels.

Apply the paint by rolling it through the stencil, one area at a time, using light coats. Reload the roller as needed but don't forget the fabric medium each time you pour out more paint! 

Stenciling with Multiple Colors

Repeat the above steps for additional shirts and stencils.

If your design contains more than one color, use Frog Tape painter's tape to mask off the area that you are not currently stenciling.

For the green portion of the design, I mixed Avocado and Leaf Green. When combining two or more colors, be sure to mix them completely before adding the fabric medium.

Apply the color to the first design element using the aforementioned techniques.

After finishing with this color, remove the tape and apply new tape to mask off the area you just completed (or any other areas that will be stenciled separately).

Locking in the Color

After stenciling is complete, allow the shirts to dry completely. To speed up this process, use a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting.

To lock in the design and protect it from repeated wearing and washings, use an iron on the cotton setting. Place a piece of cotton fabric between the shirt and the iron to avoid the paint becoming "burned" by direct contact with the iron.

Your Custom Stencil T-Shirt is ready for the runway! ...okay, maybe just the produce aisle at your favorite grocery store. But still, you'll be turning heads while you turn that head of cabbage to check its quality.

Visit to order your custom stencil today!