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Quick Tip| DIY Failures “Stenciling Don’ts”

I decided to try a new paint and stenciling method over the weekend. It’s really disappointing when hours of work on a project are all for not. I don’t have a beautiful new DIY project to share with you but I can tell you two lessons I learned over the weekend.

#1 Don’t use tempera paint. I tried to user Prism tempera paint both with and without fabric medium to stencil patterns on two shirts. Most of the paint washed off. If you are looking to create a “antiqued” look tempera paint may work for your DIY stenciling project. Here’s an example of a DIY stenciled shirt we made over the weekend:

DIY Stenciling Tempera Paint FAIL

DIY Stenciling Tempera Paint FAIL

#2 When you using card stock paper to stencil make sure that your 3M Spray Mount adhesive fully dries before you apply the stencil to your shirt. Otherwise you have permanently applied randomly placed specs of paper and adhesive to your shirt. I ruined an entire shirt this weekend by not letting the spray dry fully on the stencil before applying it to he shirt. It’s hard to see but all those weird white areas are left over adhesive and paper. This picture was taken after washing it in the washing machine once and hand scrubbing it for an hour. You can see it more clearly in the black and white version of the photo. Here’s an example of a DIY stenciled shirt we made over the weekend:

DIY Stenciling Tempera Paint and 3M Spray Mount FAIL

DIY Stenciling Tempera Paint and 3M Spray Mount FAIL

DIY Stenciling Tempera Paint and 3M Spray Mount FAIL

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