I’m sorry to hear that your Gamzee pants didn’t turn out as great as you hoped! I can share a couple stenciling tips that might help you out:
- Make sure your stencil is right against the fabric. It helps to use stencil/contact paper that sticks to the fabric but you can also use wax paper/freezer paper and iron it in place. If you’re using anything else, you might want to use masking tape or weights to help hold it in place.
- Paint in light layers. It helps to paint with a sponge and dab it on. If the colour isn’t strong enough you can go back over it later.
- You don’t want to overly water-down your paint because it can bleed under the edges of your stencil.
- If you are using a brush, start on the stencil and brush toward the center of your design. You don’t want to brush toward the end of your stencil because you can push paint underneath. With a sponge, you want to dab over the stencil paper when painting near the edges. That way you are pushing the paper down while adding paint, so the edge doesn’t lift up.
Other options for adding designs are screen printing, heat transfer vinyl, applique, or iron-on transfers.
Hope this helps!