Picture of Stencil for spray painting - quick and fun
I'll show a fast and fun way to take scraps of cardboard / duct tape / random items / etc. to make a quick stencil. With a little creativity, being light on the first spray or so, and doing it in a wind-free spot, you can make sharp stencils for nothing. Easy to leap from this idea to multi-layered stencils with different colors.

I've spray paint stenciled clothes for a while, and have a few shirts that I spray painted about 7 years ago that still hold strong. After a good hanging out to get the fumes out and a run through a washer, it's all ready to wear.

I'm planning on doing some more thorough experiments and will share notes as I go.
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Step 1: Make a stencil...

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So if you want to spray paint a stencil a first thought might be that whatever you use for the stencil has to be waterproof/heavyduty/thick/whathaveyou. It doesn't have to be. I've used light printer paper and cut it out with an exacto to make feathers for a griffin design and that made many sprays.

The trick is to go very light with the first spray you do. If you spray a thin even coat on your paper, and let it dry, then repeat, ie, build up slowly, you get a waterproof coating on your stencil paper. If you spray too hard you can soak or sog it down and it either gunks up or rips and falls apart.

I made some stencils on a whim after pulling a cardboard donut out of a 2gal glass bottle I bought and thinking it would be a nice frame for a stencil.

The other bits are just duct tape and printer paper cut after being folder over 2wice and cut out with scissors (I reinforced their bottom with ducttape).
MaggithaMay5 years ago
I've found that rubber cement works really well for holding down the stencil. It makes a really crisp outline, it's really easy to pull the stencil off when you're done, and the glue rubs right off the fabric.
Kaiven6 years ago
Hmm... seems like it would be hard to do for a complex design, but then again you would need to cut out the complex design from any stencil lol.
uguy6 years ago
2gal o booch?
lazlow69 (author)  uguy6 years ago
booch as in kombucha. I always call it booch, like hooch but without the badness.
What kind of spray paint did you use?
lazlow69 (author)  FreshPineSent6 years ago
Anything I had! I've used enamel, although that can be a bit stiff, but I think basic latex cheapo spraypaint has worked quite well for me and lasts a while. I've got that stencil on a pair of overalls that get a ton of use and it's still strong and clear. Good luck!
I've used this technique before, turned out pretty good. Nice 'ible!