Reported by Erika Martin
I then used the squeegee to pull the paint down and over the stencil. I needed to add a little more paint to fully cover my stencil, but that was really easy to do. Each fabric holds and absorbs paint differently so you might find that something like a raw canvas will need more paint due to its absorbancy, while something like a t-shirt will take less.
Because the stencil didn’t stick completely to the canvas fabric, the stencil slipped and moved a little while I was pulling the paint across it with the squeegee. I resolved to use some masking tape along the edges of the stencil for the next project.
After I was done with the paint application, I pulled the stencil away to reveal the image. The peace sign stencil has a bit of a rough look and grunge to it to begin with so the paint that seeped under the stencil during the slippage wasn’t a big deal and just added to the grunge look. However, if I had used a stencil with a more intricate design, this would have been a problem. Our kitty, Ozzy, always has to check everything out, especially when I’m working on the floor at his level.
I put masking tape around the edges of the stencil but because the stencil had trouble adhereing, there was a lot of paint leakage under the design.
I had no problems sticking the stencil down onto the t-shirt. There were no gaps between the stencil and the t-shirt. I used different sized Plaid paint brushes and various Simply Screen paint colors to fill in the designs on the stencil.
Here’s a view of the finished paint job before removing the stencil.
And here’s a view of the design after removing the stencil. There were a few spots that needed to be filled in with a paint brush and some of the intricate letter designs didn’t come through as well as I would have hoped, but my friend and I were able to tweak them with a paint brush.
And here’s my friend, Angel, modeling the finished shirt for me. The first washing of this shirt turned out just fine. The color stayed bright and vivid and nothing came off of the shirt. Same as with the second go through the washer.
I pulled the stencil off the t-shirt and applied the glitter.
My daughter and I liked the look of the four colors of glitter mixed together so we moved the shirt around to mix them.
The next one was done completely by my daughter. She chose 5 different colors to use and applied them with a paint brush (we added a 5th color after this photo was taken.)
She recently asked me to make a skirt for her upcoming choral concert at school this month and she told me she wanted it to be springy and it needed purple, green and yellow in it. I cut some fabric from my stash and decided to turn them into pockets to put on her skirt (which is the Insa skirt from the Sewing Clothes Kids Love book that I reviewed last spring).
She’s so stylin’!
- Great price points for stencils and paints (MSRP for paints: $3.00, MSRP for stencils: $6.00).
- Stencils are self-adhesive and reusable up to 20 times. That’s just 30 cents per use!
- Lots of paint choices.
- Paint, glitter and foil effects are all possible with the Simply Screen system.
- No need for expensive set up. You can make a fabulous screen printing under $10. All you need is a stencil (which comes with the squeegee applicator) and a bottle of Simply Screen paint.
- You can use paintbrushes for more detailed painting effects.
- Stencils don’t stick to all fabrics (stencil didn’t stick well to raw/textured canvas and pressed fiber fabrics) and this caused the stencil to slip around while applying paint and the paint seeped under the stencil.
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