If you're one of us special people who like to use duct tape for all the problems that come up in life or just don't have freezer paper (because for example you're poor, european, or both), this instructable will show you how to make your very own stenciled shirt with the help of duct tape.
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Step 1: Materials & Tools.
For this project, you'll need:
1) duct tape
2) acrylic paint
4) a sheet of paper
5) cutter knife
For this particular design that I chose you'll need all of the above and:
8) soft spot for the 80s
9) a coin
Step 2: Shirt & Design.
As shirt I chose a simple white singlet, but I recommend using smooth textiles that aren't necessarily fine rib. First of all, you'll need to think of a design. Preferably something with straight lines, easy to reconstruct with duct tape. The simpler, the better. You can find some black/white stencils at http://22.214.171.124/~stencil/stencils.htm
I chose a simple 3,5" computer disk, like I'm so cool.
Step 3: Stencil & Islands.
Now recreate the design with the duct tape. Stick it onto the shirt and remember that the coloured parts need to be the uncovered parts of the shirt as you're going to paint over the duct tape stencil later on.
For the difficult parts (for example letters), draw them onto a pad with a pencil, so that you can stick a piece of duct tape over it and cut it out with your cutter knife (in case your duct tape isn't see-through, lay some duct tape out and draw directly on it!) If you don't have a cutter knife, a razorblade will do. If you're emo like me, you have plenty of them.
Step 4: Paint.
When you finished putting the stencil with all its islands on the shirt, you can start painting over it. Again, get yourself an underlay and put it under the top layer of the shirt, for you don't want the back of the shirt to get soiled. An old amazon.com cardboard will do. Now steal some acrylic paint from your sister's art supply and pretend to be Andy Warhol.
Scarcely put one layer of paint on it if you want it to look real oldschool. Two or more layers of paint will make your design look more even, but it'll get pretty thick when dry and rather disadventageous to wear.
Step 5: Wait & See.
Once you're done with the paint, let it dry over night.
When it's dry, you can softly rip the duct tape off. Patience is the word. At first it will look like there are duct tape remains, but they are really just small lines that will disappear soon.
You can wash the shirt either gently by hand or toss it in the machine if it has a program for fine clothing.
My next instructable will be about how to end the war in Iraq. It's probably going to be filed under "not liable".