How to write on a T-shirt using a simple stencil

The idea stopped by one night after making this illustration. I had just painted on a cardboard sheet, cut the letters out and glued them next to the drawing and as I was looking at the new piece I wondered what could I do with what was left - the stencil that remained from taking the letters out... So I knew: let's use it to write and wear this beautiful message.

I prepared the fabric panels (but you can use a ready made T-shirt one you have around) and I thought a few strokes of paint would look interesting, so I applied acrylic with a small roller (supplies from the children's art & crafts department).
After it dried I secured the stencil with tape and began to dab paint over it using a sponge (it came with the same supplies set), but I believe a regular piece of household sponge works just fine.

I let it dry and ironed on the wrong side on the print for two-three minutes to set the paint, then sewed the panels and sleeves together, neckband, hems and that's it. I love the effect of the raw letters and how the design looks arty and unique. It is such a good feeling to be able to take a few materials and turn them into art you can wear, that didn't cost more than it should - to us and to our world.

  • Fabric or fabric panel or T-shirt
  • Acrylic paint or screen printing ink
  • Cardboard (stencil)
  • Craft knife/cutting tool (stencil)
  • Tape
  • Sponge, roller/brush (optional)
  • Iron (no steam function)
I hope this inspires you to create your unique mark making and wear it with joy! Like my son always says when he begins a project: 'the sky is NOT a limit!' :)

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