How to Stencil a Shirt | Graduation T-Shirt Stencil Project | Oak Lane Studio

How to Stencil a Shirt | Graduation T-Shirt Stencil Project | Oak Lane Studio

Acknowledge all their hard work with this "You rock" Graduation T-Shirt Stencil Project from Oak Lane Studio.

Here's what you'll need:

What you'll need
Plain white TCardboard box / tray / lidPlace box on work surfacePlace shirt over boxMake shirt tight to avoid wrinklesPosition shirt so stencil is in correct location

First wrap your T shirt around a cardboard box top, flattening the area where you'll be placing your design.

Take your stencilRepositionable Spray AdhesiveTurn stencil overSpray undersideLet cure for 30-60 secondsPosition and press onto shirt

In a well-ventilated area, and on a protected surface, spray the underside of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive.

Allow the spray to cure for thirty to sixty seconds before positioning your stencil and pressing into place.

Paper plateNavy Blue Americana acrylic paintA small amountFabric MediumAn equal amountMix until blended completely

Thoroughly shake your bottle of Navy Blue Americana Acrylic Paint prior to pouring out a small amount onto a paper plate.

Add an equal amount of Americana Fabric Medium and stir until completely blended using a brush.
Stack of paper towelsSoak foam rollerRemove excess paint

Soak the high density foam roller by moving in one direction only and gradually picking up more and more paint as the roller spins.

Remove excess paint by rolling repeatedly on a stack of paper towels - too much paint will cause it to "bleed" underneath the stencil.

Roll paint mixture through stencilChange directions frequentlyNumerous light coats
Add the color in light coats making sure to frequently change the direction in which the roller is moving.
Some fabric works better with a brushToo much paint on roller or brush can bleed underneath stencilBrush can work better for fine details

If the fabric isn't absorbing enough paint from the roller, a stencil brush can be used after removing excess paint from it using the paper towels.

Continue until fabric no longer absorbs mixturePeel away stencilStenciling complete

Once finished painting, carefully peel away the stencil.
Take your stenciled shirtPlace on ironing boardPlace scrap fabric over topLightly iron fabric and shirtFinishedLooking good!

To lock in the color, lay a piece of fabric over the design and go over it with an iron with heat but no steam.

Your new graduation T shirt makes the perfect gift for the new grad or their proud family!

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