Martha Stewart Crafts Studio: Stencil Fashion Class

Reported by Simone Collins
Photography by Chris Foresman

During our Martha Stewart Craft Getaway Weekend, we all got our hands on the fun projects available in the classes available at Beaches.  The Stencil Fashion Class, which features stencils from Stencil 1, was the perfect man-craft project for our trip photographer, Chris Foresman.

In this class, participants have the choice of stencil(s) as well as a plain fabric item such as bags, t-shirts, or even a bandana. You can recreate this project at home with these few easy steps.

Plain Fabric Items
Fabric Paint
Sponge Brushes
Masking Tape
Paper Towels
Bin for Soaking Stencils
Choose your Fabric Item and place a piece of cardboard inside so that the paint or glue does not seep through the fabric.  Layout your stencil or stencils in your own pattern or design. These cool music stencils, including a jambox, cassette, and headphones, are designed by Ed Roth from Stencil 1.  There is a large variety of designs you can choose from depending on your style.

Using masking tape, attach the stencil(s) to your item, making sure to secure all edges. Try to keep the stencil(s) as flat as possible.

Use a small plastic bowl to hold your fabric paint.  We used Liquitex Black Fabric Paint for this project.  Dip your sponge brush into the fabric paint, getting a moderate amount of paint but not too much.

To paint your stencil, simply pounce your sponge brush over the complete image, reloading with paint when necessary.  Work at a slow and steady pace, being sure to cover the entire image evenly.  You can work with several colors or just keep your design monochromatic.

Allow your image to dry for at least seven hours. The acrylic should be fully cured within three days.
To launder your project, use cold water and turn item inside out when possible.

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4 Responses to Martha Stewart Crafts Studio: Stencil Fashion Class

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    Camille Petrocelli November 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    great stenciling job!!!

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    pennyd November 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Glad to see there was something for the guys! That looks like a relatively quick and easy project – I need to give it a try!

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    kathy s November 20, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    great stencilling job sounds like you all had a blast. TFS

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    Chris Foresman November 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    It was a blast working with the editors from Martha Stewart Crafts as well as the excellent Crafts Studio staff at Beaches. Highly recommended.