How to Stencil on Fabric and Paper

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1 Hour

A tutorial

Learn how easy it is to make beautiful DIY Printed Tea Towels and Personalized Handmade Greeting Cards with a simple stencil and some acrylic paint.

Stenciling with paint is a super easy craft project that anybody can master. There are just a few little hints and tips to make your printed stencil work clean and neat.

These towels are so fun and easy to paint, you’ll want to print a bunch of them for every Holiday. Bunny towels for Easter??

Plus, personalized, stenciled cards or towels are a wonderful gift idea for Christmas, Mother’s Day or a Birthday present!

(See the full step by step tutorial at - link below)

Flour Sack Tea Towel stenciled in snowflakes
Stencil from Stencil Revolutions
Acrylic Paint and a Textile Medium
Fabric Paint and Stencil Pouncers

For Fabric or Textile Paint:

No special prep required. Simply shake your bottle of paint and then squeeze out a small amount on the plate.

For Acrylic Paint and Textile Medium:

Mix the two according to directions on the Textile Medium. My bottle calls for 3 parts paint to 1 part Textile Medium. I used an old paint brush to blend them together.

To begin stenciling, take a pouncer, dip it in the paint and stamp it a few times on the plate or scrap paper to remove excess. You only want enough paint to cover the pouncer but no more.

Holding your pouncer straight up, begin applying paint to your fabric by tapping the pouncer up and down on the stencil until the cut out space has been completely covered. Refill the paint as necessary. I suggest moving slowly until you get a feel for the process.

Handmade Greeting Card

The process for stenciling on paper is the same for greeting cards as it is for fabric. Load your pouncer (or stencil brush) sparingly and apply the paint to your paper. Allow to dry completely.




See tips and tricks plus the the full step by step tutorial at - link below.

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