Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner

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Comments - Print Your Own T-Shirts Using Homemade Stencils

Carrie Roth on Nov 28, 2013:

This is awesome! I should really want to try this. :D

Latu on May 28, 2013:


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Spartacus on Oct 08, 2012:

This is great work, I wanted to add one further tip. Acetate and glue is a great material for making reusable stencils, but if you're making a quick one-off there is another way.

Buy some standard Freezer Paper for example Reynold's Freezer Paper. It's like wax paper but waxed on ony one side (this is important). Freezer Paper is thin enough you can trace through an image, and it's easier to cut than acetate. Once the stencil is cut place it wax-side down (i.e. onto the t-shirt) and dry iron it. This "glues" it into place quite firmly. You can then do the printing as normal and then remove the paper by pulling it. 

Handy if you're only after a quick one-off item.

snico on Oct 02, 2011:

I love your description of how to make a cool stencil!  I've been doing this process for a while, but I've always just downloaded stencils instead of making my own... I'll definitely be trying that soon!  Also, I use freezer paper to print the stencil, then cut out the stencil and iron it onto the fabric... works pretty well!

Richard May on Mar 16, 2011:

That is an interesting 'lived in' effect you can achieve using a stencil instead of a silk screen, but you have to admit the stencil will not last nearly as long as a silk screen will. This method would be good for one, or maybe even a handful of t-shirts, but no more than that.

Anna on Nov 10, 2010:

Thanks for the printing instructions. I just made a t-shirt. I sprayed the back of the stencil with "spray adhesive." It's the stuff on the back of Post-its. It works great to keep the stencil in place, and can be reused, just like Post-its.

Simone on Jan 23, 2010:

Hi Chris, I stumpled upon your videos.

Screenprint was always too expensive for my professional work, but I think, I'll try this. Thank you so much for all the tutorials. If you ever get to Berlin (Germany) you should swing by my stand at the "Mauerpark" outdoor market to see it ;-)
Then I can buy you a coffee...or two...or three...hey, I'm all yours! :-)


cool kido on Jan 15, 2010:

that helped a lot! im making one now. its sick

Create my own t-shirt on Dec 05, 2009:

You simple rocked there. It was a great presentation with great thoughts and presentation style. Thanks for providing these insights.


Snarf on Jul 09, 2009:

I was wondering how these shirts wear? How many washes etc???

Betty on May 13, 2009:

Thank you so much for posting this. As soon as I read "acetate/ transparency paper" it jogged the old memory and I was able to solve my own stenciling need, My Duh! Thanks again.

Josh on Apr 23, 2009:

very nice, im working on mine now. thanks a ton.

vertigoxcured on Aug 02, 2007:

i dont know much about this stuff. is it possible that you could provide me with some names of inks that you would recommend? i tried googling it but it broght back all industrial size stuff! thank you 

artDESIGN on Jul 02, 2007:

That is the clearest most direct directions for doing this that I've ever some across. Thanks!

Surly on May 03, 2007:

I love Camus just slightly more than those cool old Magnum photographs. Nice post.

DIY Maven on Apr 10, 2007:

Kay-mus must be a pet peeve, huh?

lilybee on Apr 09, 2007:

Bloody brilliant Bogey stencil. Makes me miss cigarettes. 

Have you seen banksy's stencils?

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