Stencil print your own fabric. Easy techniques for beautiful patterns | Pauline Greuell | Skillshare

Stencil print your own fabric. Easy techniques for beautiful patterns

Pauline Greuell, Fabric printer, surface pattern designer

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12 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Class project

    • 3. Materials you will need

    • 4. About stencil printing

    • 5. Finding inspiration

    • 6. Sketching a motif

    • 7. Cutting a stencil

    • 8. Setting up workspace

    • 9. Printing techniques: making a library of printed motifs

    • 10. About tossed patterns

    • 11. Printing a pattern

    • 12. Final words

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About This Class

If you want to hand print your own fabric with beautiful patterns, but you don’t want to go to a studio to print and you don’t want to buy expensive equipment then this class is for you. The class is both for complete beginners and for people who want to take stencil printing to the next level.

I will make it easy and fun to make beautiful printed patterns even if you have no drawing skills as we will be working with very simple motifs in a Scandi Japanese style.

The class teaches you different kinds of printing techniques with a stencil and a brush to make your printed patterns look really interesting. And you will also learn different ways to build a ‘tossed’ pattern.


At the end of this class you will have your a piece of your own beautiful printed fabric, that you can use to make whatever you like, maybe a pillow, a pouch, a tote or a wall hanging?

And you will also have learned a skill for life that you can use whenever you need a special fabric that has just the right colors and the right print

These are the materials that you will need for stencil printing on fabric

For sketching:

    • some paper
    • a pencil
    • an eraser

For making your stencil:

    • a sheet of mylar, I use A4 sheets of mylar. These are my favourite to print with as they are so strong. An alternative is another kind of plastic sheet that is strong enough, maybe taking from a folder or binder.
    • a permanent marker to trace your motif
    • an exacto knife
    • a cutting ma

For printing:

    • a natural fabric, cotton or linen.
    • stencil printing brushes (at least 4) in the sizes 8 - 12. Takes the ones with the stiffest hair if you have a choice. Optional is a flat paint brush for some details.
    • fabric ink. I use stencil printing ik specially for fabric by the Dutch brand Tinta, but you can use other brands of screen printing ink for fabric that you can get locally. Choose a transparent variety and try to go for a water based brand (that is much more sustainable). An alternative are the containers of fabric ink that you can get at the craft store.
    • some kind of spatula to take your ink out of the container
    • a perspex plate or flat saucer to put the ink on to
    • something to protect your table, like a plastic underlay
    • a cloth or tissue to wipe your hands and stencil clean.

Some online sources you can use to find nature inspiration:

I have made a special board on Pinterest for this class that you can use:                  

Some interesting accounts and hashtags on Instagram:

  • @botanicalinspiration
  • @lovelydeadcrap
  • #natureonthepage
  • #lovelydeadcrap
  • #plantsmakepeoplehappy
  • #plantsofinstagram
  • #birdsofinstagram