Thursday, March 19, 2009

Freezer Paper Stenciling

So here's my first freezer paper stenciling project and
I really enjoyed it. It was more successful and harder
to mess up (i.e. smudges, uneven lines etc.) than I'd thought
it would be. It is exactly like single-use silkscreen printing
and I found the following to be helpful:
  • When applying the paint, dab rather than brush it on. I used a 1"painting sponge-on-a-stick.
  • Iron a second sheet of freezer paper on the underside of the area to be stenciled. Iron this on first, and then the actual stencil on the top of the fabric. When I did this in reverse, the stencil on top puckered slightly.
  • Wait till the paint is dry before removing the freezer paper.
  • If you are printing text from the computer, print the font in "outline" mode - this saves printer ink and the text outline is a perfect guide for where to cut with your knife.

Here's the front of the Tshirt for the girls' Uncle James:

and the back, with the names of his nephews and nieces:


  1. What a fabulous present!! Brilliant idea to put the nephews and nieces on the back! Lucy x

  2. what kind of paint did you use?

  3. Joy: I used fabric paint from Michaels - found it in the Tshirt section with fabric markers etc. There are many brands and within each brand, many varieties: "matte", "velvet", "glossy", "puffy" etc. I bought the smallest bottle (like 4" tall) of "matte" because it promised to "dry flat and flexible" (as opposed to "lumpy and cracks easily", I suppose!). All come with different drying instructions - some need to be heat-set with an iron or a run in the dryer. Mine just said, "can be washed after 72 hours".

  4. Excellent information provided by this blog.

    Really well done for the blog.these are so sweet and pretty!


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