*This is a guest post by Hayley from A Beautiful Exchange.
I’ve seen a bunch of people using stencils and stamps to paint different designs onto rugs, mats, really anything. I have been thinking of something stencil-worthy and thought that some little tea towels would be a really easy, cheap way to test out my stenciling skills!
(I got mine at Target for $5)
(I bought the Martha Stewart Crafts stencils—they are more like stickers, but that makes them really versatile because you can use them on fabric and on glass, etc.)
(the Martha Stewart Crafts paint is supposed to stay on fabric, glass, really anything without using a medium. I haven’t washed my towels in the machine yet, but they seem to be holding up ok as of yet.)
(You can buy one of those round ones and it will probably make your life much easier, but I just used one of the regular ones you can get for 10 cents.)
1. Get a paper towel or piece of scrap fabric to lay underneath the towel. I left mine folded so I could stamp only what was going to be visible when it was hanging, but they are very thin, so you definitely want something under it so the paint doesn’t bleed through.
2. Stick down your stencil. Make sure it’s pushed down really good so the paint doesn’t slide under the lines of the stencil.
3. Paint! You only need about a dime’s size glob of paint. Start out with hardly any paint and slowly blot all over the stencil. You don’t want to use too much paint because it will start bleeding all over the stencil. Easy does it.