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DIY: Stenciled Tea Towels.

By Loveknobbyknees @loveknobbyknees

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MUSIC CHOICE: every kingdom by ben howard.

1.) after pre-washing and ironing your towel, prepare the paint. mix together two parts acrylic paint, one part fabric medium (to reduce the rigidness of the acrylic). it’s always a good idea to lay tarp or newspaper  under your work to avoid permanent paint on your kitchen counter (unless you’re into that, then go for it).

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2.) layout your stencils and go to town! using a stencil brush (sponge on a stick) or a detail brush, generously apply paint onto your stencil (but not too generously becuase it will bleed- just the right amount, of course). be sure to remove your stencil BEFORE the paint has dried.

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3.) hang to dry. once fully dried, heat set with an iron, then wash in cold water. this will help soften the paint slightly. *tip: for a more washed/worn look, don’t heat set before washing.

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stenciled or stamped tea towels are super quick, easy and affordable. they make great last minute gifts for sister-in-laws, slightly weird neighbors, or everyone in the office. once you get the hang of it, the options are endless!

happy stenciling.

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