DIY Inspirational Shirts | Using Mesh Stencils

June 28, 2020

DIY Inspirational Shirts | Using Mesh Stencils

Imagine inspiring someone's life to be better just by going about your day with a great message printed on what you're wearing.

With a few tools from A Maker's Studio, you can do exactly that and turn simple, everyday shirts into joyful and inspiring pieces for everyone to see.

Step 1: Pick a Stencil and a Color

Choose a reusable mesh stencil design that you like and a Gel Art Ink color to match.

For this project, we are going to use the Way Maker Mesh Stencil and Hold Your Horses - Gel Art Ink.

Step 2: Prep Your Shirt

Put a cardboard on the inside of the shirt you are working with.

This will help make sure that the paint you are applying on either side of the shirt doesn’t bleed through the other.

Step 3: Apply the Stencil

Remove its backing to expose the stencil's adhesive side and carefully place it on your shirt.

Step 4: Color it Up

Squirt some Gel Art Ink along one edge of your spreader. Hold your spreader at a 45-degree angle and spread the ink evenly over your stencil. Make sure that you are pushing the Gel Art Ink adequately through the mesh and onto the shirt.

Step 5: Let it Dry

When you're done, gently peel the stencil off and allow the ink on your shirt to air dry for at least two hours.

Step 6: Wash Your Stencil

Don’t let the ink dry on your stencil. Wash it right after use.

Place your stencil in water and use a clean rag to help wipe the ink off of it.

Then, take your stencil out of the water and lay it on a flat surface with the adhesive side up. Leave the stencil to air dry.

Step 6: Iron the Print

Place a lint-free rag on top of your design. Go over the rag with an iron for about 5 minutes. The heat is going to help the ink to set.

Some Reminders:

If you get some of the Gel Art Ink on other parts of the shirt where you don't want it, wipe it off with a clean rag before it starts to set.

After using your newly designed shirt, turn it inside out and wash it with cool water. Keep it out of the dryer to prevent the design from fading quickly.

If you need to use a dryer, use the cool setting and keep the shirt turned inside out.

Start spreading joy and inspiration today using these products:

Mesh Stencil - Way Maker

Gel Art Ink - Hold Your Horses

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