In this two-part tutorial, learn how to transform inexpensive, plain-looking tea towels into colorful items that are not just lovely to look at but can lift your spirits too.
These custom towels are great to use around your home or to give out as presents at any time of the year.
PART I: TOWEL DIP
STEP 1: PREPARE THE PAINT
This project uses Summer Nights - Rescue Restore Paint.
2 ounces of Rescue Restore Paint mixed with 20 ounces of water should be enough to color at least 3-4 tea towels.
STEP 2: DIP YOUR TOWEL
Hold your towel up and, coming from both sides, gather it towards the middle.
Dip half of the towel into the paint and let it soak up some color.
STEP 3: SQUEEZE OUT EXCESS PAINTWith one hand gripping the dry half of your towel, slowly pull the colored half out of the paint.
Squeeze the excess paint out by letting the colored half of your towel pass through between the forefinger and thumb of your other hand.
Do this slowly to avoid splashing paint on yourself and make sure that your towel is not dripping with paint after this step.
STEP 4: MOVE THE PAINTIn another container with clean water in it, dampen the colored half of your towel.
Use one hand to hold the towel up, with the colored half at the top.
With your other hand, squeeze your towel from top to bottom, helping the paint move downward, effectively covering the lower half of your towel with lighter shades of Summer Nights.
STEP 5: DRY YOUR TOWELOpen your towel up and lay it on a piece of cardboard to dry.
PART 2: STENCIL APPLICATION
STEP 1: PREP YOUR TOWELLay your dry towel down flat.
Have a cardboard underneath it to prevent ink from staining your work surface.
STEP 2: APPLY THE STENCIL
This project uses the Bless the Lord Mesh Stencil.
Peel the backing off to expose the adhesive side and apply the stencil on your towel.
STEP 3: SPREAD YOUR INK
This project uses Hold Your Horses Gel Art Ink.
Squeeze some ink out along one edge of your spreader and apply the ink all over your stencil, holding your spreader at a 45-degree angle as you do so.
STEP 4: REMOVE THE STENCILCarefully peel your stencil off and rinse it right after use.
Let it dry on a flat surface with the adhesive side up.
STEP 5: DRY AND HEAT-SET
Allow your towel to dry for at least 2 hours.
After which, heat-set your newly applied design. Place a lint-free rag on top of it and go over the rag with an iron for about 5 minutes.
Replicate this project and create your own customized tea towels with these products:
Summer Nights - Rescue Restore Paint
Mesh Stencil - Bless the Lord - 8.5x11
Gel Art Ink - Hold Your Horses
Other Products Mentioned in the Video:
Gel Art Ink
Goodness Gracious - Rescue Restore Paint
Mesh Stencil - Adventure - 8.5x11
Mesh Stencil - Birds - 8.5x11