Friday, November 20, 2015

Make Unique Clothing with Stencils!

StencilGirl Artist, Carol Wiebe, is here to show you how she dressed herself with her new stencil designs from StencilGirl!!!!

Take it away Carol!!!


1--These boards, made of 1/4 “ masonite, are just big enough to stretch my jeans out. They are not necessary--cardboard would work--but they did make the job easier.

2--You can see, here, how smoothly the jeans stretched out.

3--I rolled on some white fabric paint to form a base for the rest of the paint I wanted to add. Fabric paint has the advantage of not sinking into the fabric the way regular acrylic paint does. And, in fact, this was dimensional fabric paint (by Tulip) so it is formulated to sit on top of the fabric.

4--I chose a very limited palette for my jeans. I already had the original blue of the blue jeans. Then I added bits of a turquoise blue, and went back and forth between that color and more white. I added both in spatters, or blobs, though I kept it fairly thin by using a dollar store makeup sponge. A few of the color areas had enough paint on them to actually make some marks with a color shaper. A knitting needle works well, too.

5--Placing Stencils City Encompassed, Intersected Moon, Lunar Symbols, Trio of Trees, Verdant Moon.  See links below post.

Once all the base paint was dry, I was ready to start placing stencils onto the pants. You can see here that I cut out a mask to make an edge around this stencil. This is not necessary, but I wanted to see how well that would work, and if I liked the look of it.

6--Black dimensional fabric paint is on a piece of deli paper. While a roller is still showing, I am using a makeup sponge to add the black paint through the stencils. I make sure to dab the sponge a few times until it is quite “dry” so blobs are not left on the fabric that can “bleed” through.

7--When all the paint was dry on the front of the pants, I repeated the process for the back.

How about a shirt to go with those pants???!!!


1--A board was placed in the T-shirt to stretch it out, thus making it easier to paint. A simple template can be made by tracing around the T-shirt and adding a border to make it an inch wider in width (on both sides). Cardboard can also be used. The green tape on the edges was added so the wood would not catch on the fabric.

2--Here I am getting an idea how I want the stencil situated on the shirt. An even better idea would be to try the shirt on and then see where the image looks best. You can tape the stencil in place with masking tape.

3--I wanted a neat “frame” around my stencil. I placed a piece of deli paper on the stencil and drew the edge I want around it.

4--I taped my mask to poster paper (a thin card). Then I cut the mask out.

5--I taped the mask to the T-shirt. Extra pieces of tape were placed on any cut lines that I didn't want paint to go through. For the stencil, I chose a couple places to tape, then carefully dabbed fabric paint with a sponge over the entire stencil except those taped sections. The paint dries very quickly (I used Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint) and I was able to hold the stencil in place with my fingers and remove the taped parts so I could finish my image.

6--I love the way the stencil turned out on my T-Shirt!   

Have FUN!
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  1. Thank you for sharing your technique, the outcome speaks well of the process. Dynamic artsy yet casual outfit to wear. This is my style of clothing no question. Great design for this project you laid out the designs so beautifully.

  2. Wow and Wow! these are so cool!! I love the jeans but I LOVE the t-shirt!! Great job and such a neat idea carol!
    Jackie ")


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