Introduction: Using Spray Fabric Paint
Stencil Spray feels like silkscreen when it's dry, and is best for dark colours and synthetic fabrics as it is completely opaque. Stencil Spray is a thicker paint that should only be used for stenciling. It does not spray in a fine mist, it sprays thick, like a stream, and is meant to spray in a sweeping motion. It's great for creating custom designs on t-shirts as seen here!
Simply Spray is soft when dry and is more like a spray dye, so works best on light colours and natural fabrics; for best results use on light-coloured 100% cotton. Simply Spray is great for tie-dye and shadow effects but can be stencilled as well.
Continue for pics and tips on achieving stencilled and tie-dye effects on fabric!
Step 1: Stencilling, Step One
Prewash and dry fabric to remove sizing.
Cover work area with craft/newspaper.
Design your pattern; in this case I printed it out from the computer and taped it down to the cardboard I would use for the stencil. Thin cardboard works fine but if you wish to use a stencil more than once, plastic is preferable as the paint can warp the cardboard.
Step 2: Stencilling, Step Two
Cut out the pattern carefully with an x-acto knife. Any sections that are enclosed will have to be cut out and applied separately (as in the middle of the circle here).
Here you can see temporary adhesive spray (also known as basting spray). Don't get repositionable adhesive as it will never stop being tacky!
Step 3: Stencilling, Step Three
Apply temporary spray adhesive (such as basting spray) to the back of your stencil to secure it and prevent paint running under the stencil. Carefully place stencil onto your fabric and press firmly.
Step 4: Stencilling, Step Four
Cover any exposed fabric around the stencil to protect it, and make sure that the work area is protected as well!
Start spraying on a piece of paper towel, then continue using even pressure onto your stencil. The Stencil Spray will come out more like a stream of paint rather than a mist, so don't panic! Just make smooth even strokes until the motif is covered evenly. It may look very messy now, but it'll be fine once it dries. Wait 5-10 minutes, then carefully remove the stencil and let the paint dry for 1 hour.
Step 5: Stencilling, Step Five
The finished product! Dry motif is shiny and looks silkscreened.
Step 6: Stencilling With Simply Spray
Follow similar steps as above. The Simply Spray comes out more like a mist and will soak into the fabric rather than sitting on top. It is possible to stencil with Simply Spray, but for best results use a paper towel to gently pat extra paint off the top of the stencil immediately after spraying. This reduces bleeding.
Step 7: What Not to Do
This photo shows an attempt to use Simply Spray on a stiff synthetic fabric; as you can see the paint has beaded up on the surface instead of soaking in. For fabrics like this, Stencil Spray is the best choice.
Step 8: Tie-dye Effects With Simply Spray
For tie-dye effects, swirl, scrunch, twist or fold fabrics and spray with one or more colours. Paint will be dry to the touch in about an hour. Allow to dry thoroughly (72 hours) before washing.