How To Do Spray Stencil Printingcomments (14) July 29th, 2009
I love to make my own prints. You may not realize how many options there are for printing textiles at home; silkscreening and stamping are two good methods, but stencilling is probably the easiest of them all. This is a simple and economical project the whole family can enjoy, and is best done outdoors. Anything flat with a cut-out pattern can be used as a stencil, or you can cut out your own. Take a look around your home (don't forget the garage!) to see what you can come up with. Experiment! Lace, pegboard, fencing, trivets, loose knits, or screens could all be stencils. Objects can also work: leaves, jewelry, yarn, flowers, or paper clips could make interesting patterns. Just don't use anything precious that might not recover from being drenched in paint!
You can use spray stencilling to print on any flat textile surface. It's a fantastic way to embellish t-shirts, tote bags, or anything made of fabric. You can even print your own yardage for sewing. Or do what I do, and stencil on the cut-out pieces before sewing them together, so you can control the placement. OK, let's get busy!
What You'll need:
- An item to print on
- A stencil (I used a crochet doily)
- Some textile paint or ink
- A spray bottle
That's it! Probably the only thing you don't already have is the paint; just look at your local craft supply store for one that works on fabric and can be permanently heat-set so the item will be washable
1. Dilute the paint. Mix the paint with water, so that it will be liquid enough to go through the spray nozzle. Something like two parts water to one part paint should work, but it'll depend on the consistency of the paint. Test the paint/water solution on a scrap of fabric to make sure it is saturated enough.
2. Place the stencil. I centered my doily on the T-shirt, but don't be afraid to play around with asymmetric placement or scatter objects randomly. You might want to play around on some scraps to see what you like best. Once you are happy with the placement, use your hands to flatten and smooth the stencil against the item, ensuring as much contact as possible.
3. Spray! Begin spraying the diluted paint over the stencil. You want to make sure color gets between all the holes and over all the edges. Don't spray too heavily, or the paint will bleed into the covered areas.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery