Summer finally arrived In Brooklyn and it is here with a vengeance …today we are up to 97 degrees fahrenheit, oh dear! -Lots of lemonade drinking today.
A while back I found a lovely, simple cotton skirt on sale in a great bluish gray color -perfect for a stencil project. I love that I can so easily personalize a skirt with my designs, just by doing some simple stencil printing. I will have a skirt that is unique and fits me well and it is a project that involves exciting and fun printing process…and the best part is: I do not need that many tools or expensive supplies for this .
Feel free to use my two color floral design for your skirt or, create your own design and let your creativity shine!
(And, if you have any problems with the download, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email it to you!).
Here are the simple steps on how to do it and this is what you need.
What you need:
- Permanent marker
- Clear plastic (acetate), or stencil paper for creating the stencils.
You can also use self-adhesive clear plastic (contact paper) for making stencils for fabric printing. (You’ll find it at craft stores and some stationery / paper stores)
- an X-Acto knife
- Heavy cardboard or a cutting mat to use as a cutting surface.
- Pebeo Setacolor Opaque Fabric inks.
For the blue skirt I used color no.79 Shimmer Jet Black and color no.10 Titanium White.
For the striped skirt I used no.73 Shimmer Ash and no.63 Shimmer Brick Red
- Old plate
- Masking tape
- Stencil brush or sponge: Stencil brushes will work best, but any flat stiff-bristle brush will serve the purpose.
- skirt to print on..cotton or linen
What to do:
1. Start with printing out the design and trace the design with your marker onto the clear acetate paper. It is a good idea to tape down the art when you trace…to prevent the art from moving.
(Some printers can print directly onto some acetate papers).
2. Cut out your designs with the knife. So, yes ok…the dots are a bit tricky to cut for a novice…but with a little time and patience you will soldier through this. And..you do not have to follow the line super exactly…the design will come out lovely anyway..promise!
3. Make sure to iron your skirt before you start printing on it. A flat, crease free surface is easiest to print on.
4. Pour a small amount of paint onto an old plate. Place your template (stencil) on top of your material. Secure the stencil to the material using masking tape so it will not move during the printing operation. (This is why using self-adhesive plastic as a stencil is so handy: You won’t need to secure the stencil with masking tape). Dab an even amount of ink through the stencil. Applying several thin layers of ink yields a better result than using too much ink at one time.
6. Now you should let the print dry before you print your second color. I like to use a hair dryer to help to speed that up. After that you are ready to repeat the same process with the second color.
7. Now you let the inks dry properly. You want to make sure that you heat set the inks, so you can wash your skirt over and over again. Simply use your iron and iron over the print and on the back of the print for about 5 minutes, using the highest setting. Now you are ready to wear your splendid skirt and you can wash the skirt in your washing machine (100 degrees fahrenheit or 40 degrees celcius).
And one thought, when you're out shopping for skirts keep in mind they don't have to be one color - they can be patterned skirts, like small florals or stripes. And also, it doesn't have to be a border design, it can be stenciled as a motif, like this:
I love working with these fabric inks, since they are very easy to use, will really adhere to the fabric and there are so many beautiful colors to choose from. You can find Pebeo Setacolor Fabric Inks in most well selected art stores as well as online.
Good Luck and have fun !
If you really want to get me tickled please share pictures of your skirt on my FaceBook page, that would be smashing.
Have a marvelous weekend,