Stencil a personal gift for your Valentine

Fashion Forum member and designer Sierra Dew will offer a lesson in how to stencil a Valentine’s design on anything from a T-shirt to a tote or towel Tuesday on:

Hawaii News Now “Sunrise” on KGMB at 7:40 a.m.

Her Valentine’s stencils are offered below for you to copy and use at home. One is a simple heart, the other is a hand using sign language for “love.” You can use them separately, or together. Whatever suits your style.

In case you’re not taking notes while watching her TV segment, here is Sierra’s step-by-step on how to stencil:

What to stencil:

  • Blank kitchen towels (she finds hers at Ross)
  • Blank tote bags found at craft stores
  • Cotton muslin fabric from fabric stores
  • Sheets, pillow cases, pune’e covers
  • Recycled items from your own closet or Goodwill, Savers or the Salvation Army that may have a stain; use the stencil to cover the spot.

Materials you will need:

  • Recycled manila folders or other thin cardboard or plastic sheet or acetate to make a stencil
  • Fabric paint(s) from Floradec or Hawaiian Graphics
  • Repositionable adhesive from Ben Franklin or Floradec
  • Exacto knife if you’re cutting your own stencil from hardware or craft stores
  • Piece of tile larger than the image you will transfer
  • Sponge, cut in pieces of about one by two inches
  • Iron to heat-set fabric paint
  • Recycled scrap paper to put under fabric to soak up excess paint
  • Whatever you plan to print on

Step by Step, How to Stencil:

  • For beginners, it may be easier to download Sierra’s stencils from this blog (see below). To test your art skills, of course, you may want to create your own stencil for your Valentine.
  • Place a kitchen tile on the surface where you plan to work. Place a piece of scrap paper on the tile to soak up excess paint.
  • Place the item you will stencil on top of the paper.
  • Spray repositionable adhesive on the stencil and position the stencil on the fabric. Press it down evenly with your fingers.
  • Wet the sponge and squeeze out all the excess water. Dip sponge in fabric paint.
  • Gently dab paint onto stencil, carefully holding down the stencil. Be sure to sponge the entire image to get crisp edges.
  • Pull the stencil off after you’ve applied the color(s).
  • Let the fabric dry, then set the paint by using a hot iron on the back of the fabric.

Here is the artwork for the two stencils Sierra will demonstrate Tuesday morning on Hawaii News Now “Sunrise” at 7:40 a.m.

– Paula Rath

Here’s a sample of how they might look on a T-shirt, as well as a Valentine’s tote.

About paularath

I'm a freelance fashion writer and fine artist in Honolulu. Expect to read fresh voices here through Hawaii's Fashion Forum.
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1 Response to Stencil a personal gift for your Valentine

  1. Sierra Dew says:

    Thank you Paula! It looks great 🙂

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