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Stencil a Funny Cartographer’s Shirt
May 5, 2010, 7:40 pm
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Stencil a Funny Cartographer’s Shirt

Cartographers, we have a funny sense of humor. Not everyone gets the brain of a cartographer, but we can still enjoy ourselves. My boss and friend was telling me that she wanted a shirt that says, “Cartographers: We tell you where to go…” She thought it would be a hilarious shirt. I didn’t disagree, and with her birthday approaching it seemed like a great project.


First I printed the text the size and font I desired onto clear/transparency “paper”. After it was printed I used an exacto knife to carefully cut out the letters to create my stencil. I then repeated the process on another sheet of paper for the earth stencil.

Once the stencils are ready a piece of cardboard placed inside of a plastic bag is put inside of the shirt to keep the paint from bleeding onto the backside of the shirt. The cardboard is needed to keep the stencil surface flat, and the plastic bag is needed to keep the paint from gluing the shirt to the cardboard. It is best to tape the stencil down to avoid it slipping around and losing it’s place.


Using fabric paint and a sponge carefully sponge the paint onto the stencil and shirt. If you have too much paint on your sponge it will bleed a lot. Ideally you sponge over the places a second time only 5-10 minutes after your first coat. It seemed like this strategy eliminated a lot of the bleeding and the sticking that happens when the stencil stays in place too long.



After I pulled the stencil off of this first attempt at the shirt I saw that there was some bleeding. So I got a permanent marker that was the same color ans the shirt and colored over the imperfections.


Voila! Finished product! Now she can go out and be a smart-aleck!



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