We took some of my plain t-shirts that I've almost outgrown and slipped them over a cardboard tray. We also slid a piece of wax paper in between just to make sure no paint would seep through the top layer onto the back of the shirt. Then mom taped down a plastic stencil on top, making sure to tape a large square around the stencil so that we didn't paint around the stencil, too. We then used sponge rollers to roll paint over the stencil onto the shirt. This worked pretty well, but the rollers soaked up a lot of the paint. So we ended up using some paint brushes as well.
We let them dry for a few hours and then mom peeled the stencils off -- she suggests not letting them dry too long so that the stencils don't stick to the shirt. Then we let the shirts dry overnight. The next day, mom put them in the dryer by themselves for about 20 minutes. Then we washed and dried them again.
We think they came out great! Some of the images didn't show up well -- the ones with many little lines close together. But I still know which one has ships on it and that's my favorite. I was really into doing this even though I had a hard time not getting paint everywhere. Once I dripped paint all over the side of one of my shirts though, I decided to follow mom's direction a bit more. Cami didn't want anything to do with it, but she changed her tune once the shirts were all finished up. That girl loves clothes. We think some randomly dotted t-shirts with BioColor neon paint would be right up her alley for spring 2012.
Apparently you can also do some fabric stenciling using freezer paper -- check out the Artful Parent's posts on this. Looks pretty snazzy.
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mom's super exact marking
before the dryer
it's a little tight (and not in that like "man, that shirt is tight" way), but i think it's hipster
cam's hot pink chopper
accessorizing with new sandals and old mittens