this was my first real foray into stenciling and i'm really happy with how it turned out. i made this shirt for a swap partner. she is a very sweet, very hardcore trekkie
the shirt was inspired by fellow craftster, schonwiedersamstag - thanks for the inspiration!!
and here's how i did it:
i found this photo and using gimpshop, changed it to greyscale, then played with the contrast until it was black & white (you can also use photoshop)
i didn't have any freezer paper, so i printed the image onto regular printer paper. then i used a sharpie to freehand most of the lines so that they would look nice and crisp when cut out.
here is the stencil after i cut it out
to prevent the paint from seeping under the stencil, i sprayed the back of the it with elmer's craft bond spray adhesive. i let it dry for about 5 minutes so it wouldn't attempt to permanently bond itself to the shirt (this adhesive is some sticky stuff when it's wet!)
i mixed some black acrylic paint with some textile medium, and went to work.
let it dry for around 24 hours, then heat set with a hair dryer since my iron stopped working.
a little paint found its way under some portions of the stencil, but i'm really thrilled with the overall outcome!
i think my proudest moment was when my father came over and saw the shirt out while it was drying and:
#1. thought it was store bought
#2. immediately knew it was from the new star trek movie