stencil is fun!

Bored with my T-shirts... gonna make a new stenciled T-shirt for tonight's party. There's a lot of fun in the almost underground process of making your own design and stencil from scratch. You are invited to follow the step by step process :) Enjoy! Hey,,, Pinterest of course places last post as first :/ well,,, in order to go through the process from the beginning, you best start at the bottom and climb to the top (or not :-), up to you :)
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Stencils.

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Talking Heads' Psycho Killer, that's the tune to go best with this set :) Where did you say the party is? ...and here's Talking Heads http://youtu.be/vdp42fYKFZ8

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It's SO tempting to wear your new creation and run to the mirror! Well, you may do that, under condition that you WILL come back to iron it. Yes, Ironing the new print is a must if you don't want it to run during laundry. The hot iron fixes the paint into the fabric FOREVER. I hope it's not to late to mention - best medium for all the above - Cotton! Cotton will be the best fabric to absorb the paint and keep it for endless washes.

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Make sure your hands are spotless while you peel off the stencil otherwise you will be SO sorry for the stains you might leave :/ Master's tip: use a hot air blower over the stencil while it's still on the fabric, this way it won't smear when you peel it off. Just the same the hot air will make peeling the masking tape much easier!

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well,,, I guess about this stage will be right time for the beer :) Smearing black paint all over,,, make sure you go time and again until you covered well the cut-out parts. (It's okay to whistle at this stage, I for one was listening to New Wave music from the 90's while at it :-)

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Where exactly do we place that stencil in order to get a good composition?!?! I usually place it in line with the armpits it will look right - especially when it's text. Of course you can chose ANY composition based on your stencil, your design. Make sure you fix it with masking tape, otherwise... Also very important to put a medium just under the right place of the fabric so it won't run through to the back of the shirt in case your paint is a little thin!

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It is always wise to give your stencil a try before applying on a white T-shirt... The paint i use is acrylic, make sure it's not too thin, it has to be almost a paste in order to get the right impact + avoid running. DIY shops will sell you the roller kit. Make sure you roll time and again the roller in it's dish before applying on the final medium in order to get an even imprint.

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Best time for it is weekend, when it's too hot for ANYTHING outdoors, even the beach. You need lot's of patience to do the cut-outs, and no, this is not yet the time for beer, you are still using that sharp knife, we'll celebrate with that beer a bit later...

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Talking about tools, you can't consider yourself a serious stencil artist unless you have this kind of knife, it cuts board, fingers,,, anything + you can go very precise with it!

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There it is, hot from the printer. I usually turn the text color to grey (and not black), no need to waste unnecessary ink on cu-outs,,,

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It all starts with an idea... wouldn't it be cool to have a T-shirt that says deja vu, and as you turn you have a feeling of,,, deja vu, because you have the same on both sides, well it seemed a cool idea to begin with. I use Photoshop for my designs, you can do freehand or any old design you chose. The important thing at this stage: use a medium that you can print on and same time it is thick enough as not to leak!

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