stencils, rubbing plates, paintstiks n’ t-shirts ~ fun combos

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hi there sweet friends ~

here are some fun fall-styled ideas for painting on black t-shirts… but this time i’m using paintstiks, instead of fabric paint, or the silks acrylic glaze paints, either.  

{and i had a really good time!} and it will be a real fun time as i’ve been working hard on making samples for upcoming classes at the bernina silver thimble!  

first, i used a stencil from stencil girl products, a stencil brush, and a paintstik, which i just lightly rubbed onto a paper plate, or took the paint directly from the stik to the brush, and then pounced the paint through the stencil onto the t-shirt.  {it’s really helpful to have a t-shirt form board, and a ‘grip-n-grip’ mat ~ a type of sticky kinda sorta, grippy mat that works great! and i kept it on top of the cardboard t-shirt form, but under the t-shirt fabric to keep it steady. {it’s not so much fun when it moves on ya!} 

i played not only with stencils, but also with the paintstik rubbing plates, too.  

and of course, i had to add some threadplay once the paint was dry.  what a fun way to customize a t-shirt, and i am pleased with how they turned out.  

i hope you’ll “stick around” for a minute or two to see the results!

you must stabilize the backs of the garments, but that is a simple matter of temporary adhesive spray {505 brand is what i use}, and using fusible fleece as a stabilizer on the back of the t-shirt.  spray it on… and go to town with needle and thread!

sweet owl rubbing plate from cedar canyon textiles

sometimes i added words.  and {sometimes they turned out better than others}!

i used magnifico thread {100% polyester} from superior threads, keeping it to two or three colors only.  and a 90/14 titanium topstitch needle.  a ball point needle would have been appropriate to use as well, but i didn’t have one on hand at this juncture.

keep it loose…keep it happy… and with the cedar canyon snowflake stencil… i decided to style it as more of a “star” motif, if you’re imagination takes you there {and mine did!}

are you ready to get your shine on and play with making your own style of t-shirt?  it will be alot of fun, and i’ll be sharing lots of tips.  if you’re interested, just call to the store {406-452-7222} to add your name to the call list.

thanks for comin’ on by.  blessings on your beautiful wednesday, and glorious autumn day!


Comments 2

  1. Dear Leslie,
    really beautiful shirts. I have paintstick for years, but never really used them. They were bought many years before I started quilting. But now, I will try them for quilting arts like those of Elsbeth Nusser-Lampe. I had my second course two weeks ago and she is such an inspiration for us.
    greetings from Germany, Rike

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