Create a t-shirt stencil design

Stencils are an ideal way to get designs transferred onto awkward, uneven surfaces and communicating punchy imagery for everyone to see and enjoy. These templates have been a mainstay of street artwork for years, but you can use the same principles to transfer your design onto fabric, especially t-shirts. In fact, applying a multicolour stencil is not all that different a technique to how artwork has traditionally been created for various methods of mechanical colour reproduction, such as screenprinting.

In this tutorial, we'll look at how to create a three-colour design using FreeHand and its versatile tools, ready to be made into stencils. From there, we will show you practical steps and tips to making your stencils before finally spraying onto a t-shirt. This will show you how easy it is to create stencil artwork and inspire you to use it further, explore its qualities and try it out in other ways.

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