Learn how to stencil your own designs onto a t-shirt (or any other garment for that matter) using freezer paper
(note: this is my first Instructable, please comment!)
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Step 1: Gather Materiels
Step 2: Find a Design
Find a design on the web and print it out. Or better yet, make your own.
Step 3: Trace It
First, tape the design to the back (waxy side) of a sheet of freezer paper, so it wont slip.
Next, trace the design onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper. It helps to have a light box, but I'm cheap so I go without one.
Step 4: Cut It Out
After removing the original image from the back of the freezer paper, use an x-acto knife or razor blade to cut out the colored areas of the stencil.
Step 5: Iron It On
After you cut out the colored parts of the stencil, you'll need to iron the freezer paper onto the shirt.
When you apply heat to the paper it causes the wax to melt and stick to the shirt, giving you a perfect stencil.
(note: make sure the paper is waxy side down when you iron it on, or else it'll mess up your iron)
Step 6: Paint
When the wax has dried (about 30 seconds) you can begin to paint your shirt.
I prefer to use a larger round brush, but you can also use a rectangular brush.
It is better to put on 2 or 3 lighter coats than 1 heavy one.
Step 7: Tada!
Remove the stencil and let the shirt dry overnight.
Tada! You now have your very own custom stenciled t-shirt!