It’s been a couple of days since I’ve posted anything, because a) I took Sunday off, and b) the last thing I made was for a baby shower, so I had to wait until after to post about it. So here ya have it…
My friends Zada and Tucker are about to have a baby! There’s a lot of cute baby stuff out there, but of course I really wanted to make something specifically from us, so I went with stenciling onesies with some of our NoArt designs. I originally wanted to hand paint them with full-color food monsters, however since these are to be worn by a baby, I didn’t want to end up with some thick hard uncomfortable layer of paint, so I went with single color stenciling.
I used regular acrylic paint for the stenciling and added a textile medium to help keep the paint soft and comfortable, and also to avoid cracking. You will generally mix two-parts paint to one-part medium. Once mixed, the paint became a nice fluffy texture that was fun to paint with.
To keep the stencils from moving, and to avoid bleed, I lightly brushed the back with an adhesive, a very thin layer. The adhesive I used is actually for sticking shirts to a platen while screen printing, but it worked well for this, and I had zero bleed problems. There are also adhesives out there specifically for stenciling which I’m sure work fine as well.
The smallest size foam brush I had worked great for these smaller stencils, and did a good job of getting into the cracks while not overdoing it and bleeding under.
Sometimes when stenciling on t-shirt fabric, I end up getting little paint covered fuzzies all around the design, and have not figured out a way to avoid this. Maybe it’s because I’m stubborn and just want to use acrylic instead of typical fabric paint, I don’t know. For some reason this heart one was the worst! Once the paint is completely dry, you can take a piece of masking tape and blot around the design to clean up the fuzzies. Ironing (with a towel or paper in between) may work also, I will have to try that next time.
These turned out really cute, and I will definitely be making more along with some upcoming printed onesies we are making for Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market, and my Etsy Shop.