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Stencil printing – a little messy and a lot of fun

A while back me and Cattie got together to print our personal roller derby tank tops. Here you can see Anja supervising Cattie’s print process. Notice the red wine in the background. This might explain my less than stellar result. 

We used old school stencils that was kindly cut out by a teammate. The stencil is made out of overhead plastic sheets and the sponge is just some cheapo scotchbrite. 

My white tank top looks better than the black one (which was a mess and I also forgot to photograph it) but even on this second try there are still blotches of colours here and there.

Cattie’s vest. She clearly has a better knack for this than I do, or maybe she just deals with the combination of wine and stencil printing better?
Anyways it was a lot of fun and while I would normally be kinda disappointed making something that was less than perfect, but the punkish/DIY nature of roller derby somehow makes the end result suitable.


  • Antoinette
    July 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Whiz Tailor! Love it. I have found freezer paper stenciling to give pretty good results, but you're right — there is something about roller derby that would suggest alternative, destructed, etc. Maybe you can take a razor to the ink on your tank and make it even more distressed! LOL

    • Johanna
      August 1, 2012 at 7:08 am

      Freezer paper sounds great but unfortunatly not something that I can find in Sweden. I assume it's like a plastic coated paper?

    • Antoinette
      August 1, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      I am pretty sure wax paper has wax on both sides. Freezer paper only has wax on one side, so you can lay the waxy side on fabric and iron the other side to adhere the freezer paper to the fabric temporarily, without the paper sticking to the iron itself! In the U.S. butchers often use this paper for wrapping meat. We can buy it at the store in huge rolls, and mine is made by Reynolds (same company that makes the standard wax paper most of us have in our pantries). I will have to send you some! I'll contact you on FB for a mailing address, if you want.

    • Johanna
      August 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Aww, thank you so much for your offer! I would love that! The only paper with coating that you can buy here are the teflon coated baking sheets. Maybe one could get something similar from a wholesaler, but I have never seen it any shop.

  • theperfectnose
    August 1, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Nice! I don't know what this freezer paper is, I keep hearing about it but haven't come across any at the supermarche, I have used the plastic you describe but it's really hard to cut into (without injuries XD).

    Also, this is my third go at the recaptchas, please, please, disqus please X..S Or anything else that doesn't require battling recaptchas..

    • Johanna
      August 1, 2012 at 7:10 am

      I feel your pain about the captchas! And unfortunately there is not something I can control it seems 🙁 They truly are an annoyance and sometimes keeps me from commenting.

      As for the freezing paper, I can't find it either in Sweden. Here is an tutorial on how to make a substitute where one irons plastic bags onto paper!

  • Anonymous
    November 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    what ink or paint was used please!?


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