Be a Conan follower with your own Conando shirt:
All three shirts will be explained in this tutorial.
You can make your own Posterized Image Stencil by following our tutorial HERE:
Or you can download our stencils for Free!
You’ll find Lincoln HERE and Washington HERE.
(To print correctly: click the link, when that page opens, click “PRINT” at the top left corner of the page – this will allow you to open the PDF file and then print @ 100% – full page. If you want the image to be smaller, print it at a smaller percentage)
If you’ve never done Freezer Paper Stenciling before, please read through our Tutorial HERE first:
If you’re familiar with stenciling already, then let’s get started. Both patterns can be done by a Beginner, but they are more involved and require a bit more patience. Of course they’re totally fun and soon, you’ll be addicted like me!
With your Washington image printed out, you may choose to make it into a freezer paper stencil or do what I did here……I traced it and cut it out of a recycled T-shirt. Trace to the inside of the shirt first, then you won’t have any pen markings accidentally show up when you flip it over:
Center it on your shirt and pin it down (I bought my T-shirts at Walmart for $2 each):
Carefully sew around the outside of the image, with a normal stitch (no zigzag). Be careful not to stretch or pull the shirt and image as you go. Periodically stop and lift your presser foot to shift the shirt around (instead of tugging and pulling). I chose to go around the image twice; 2 lines about 1/4 inch apart from each other.
Print off whatever words you’d like from your printer. If you do this in a Word doc, you can save on your ink printing by highlighting the words, going to “format” and “character” and select “outline”.
On our shirt we’re referencing the famous Cherry Tree. Print or trace your words to Freezer Paper on the dull side, cut them out, and make sure you save the little pieces that go inside the letters! Lay your words on the shirt, place them where you’d like, and iron them down. If you don’t like the placement, peel it off and position it again:
Fill in your letters with their pieces and iron them down also:
Make sure you have a piece of paper inside your shirt (so no paint seeps through) and paint right over your stencil:
Let it dry for a couple hours (or if you get antsy, use a blow-drier to speed it up). Peel of the paper and you’re done!
With your Lincoln image printed to Freezer Paper, tape it down to a cutting mat so nothing shifts while cutting:
Grab your craft/exacto knife:
I always print two images, one for cutting and one for reference throughout the process. If you want to save on ink, print the cutting image as just the black and white stencil drawing (also in the PDF download HERE).
Start by cutting out the smallest pieces first. This makes the process easier and less likely to tear:
Make sure you save any pieces you need to add back to the image later. Use the other printed picture as reference so you remember which pieces need to “float” inside the stencil when you iron it all to your shirt:
Continue cutting things out, little by little. Your hand may start to cramp up. Shake it out, wiggle your fingers around.
Your final stencil should look like this:
Place it on your shirt and iron it on where you would like (I bought my T-shirts at Walmart for $2 each). Make sure you seal everything on there well. You don’t want any paint seeping out of the stencil:
Then, referencing the other printed picture again, place your “floating” pieces exactly where they should be and iron everything down:
When you’re done ironing, it should look like this:
Make sure you have a piece of paper between your shirt (so nothing seeps through) and paint in your stencil!
It should look like this:
Let it dry for a couple hours or speed-up the process by using your blow-dryer. When the paint is dry, peel off the paper and you’re done!
MAKE SURE you “HEAT SET” your paint. Read the instructions on the back of your paint bottle. You need to do this so that when you wash it, the ink doesn’t wash/fade.
What I do….
Put a kitchen dish-cloth over the painted image and then iron on top of that for a minute or so. This “sets” the paint.
If you want to get TWO shirts out of your own stencil, make another one with the “negative” image. Use the other pieces you cut out and create a “frame” for it so that the stencil is enclosed. You can also do a circle around it or an additional outline of your image. Iron it on to your shirt, paint, dry, and……
NOTE: This shirt took 4 coats of red paint. The other two shirts above took only 1 coat.
Now pick your favorite President,
And let’s Celebrate!
The easiest method for Stenciling is to print the image directly to your freezer paper. Cut a sheet of Freezer Paper that’s appx 8 1/2 x 11 and make sure you print to the dull side of the paper.
You can copy the Conando image TWO ways:
1. Click on the image above to enlarge. Then “save as” to you computer. Open it in a Word doc and insert the picture so you can adjust the size for your needs.
2. Grab the PDF pic by clicking HERE.
(To print correctly: click the link, when that page opens, click “print (1 page)” at the top left corner of the page – this will allow you to open the PDF file and then print @ 100% – full page).
Follow our tutorials for Freezer Paper Stenciling: