Your Ta-da Tee
This is the technique I use to create my own graphic tees. It is super affordable, requires little equipment, and produces great results!
Advantages: What is great about this method is that it allows for floating "islands" in your design where, in a traditional stencil, you would use "bridges."
Disadvantages: After it has been painted, the stencil becomes prone to tearing, so do not expect to efficiently mass produce using this particular stencil technique (much less paint a second shirt).
Cotton/Cotton blend shirt
Cutting board/Self-healing mat
Using a high heat setting, iron over the stencil.
This is where the unique advantage of using freezer paper for your stencil comes into play.
For the most part, the floating "islands" of your design will stay in place, and your painting will come out nice and crisp. (Disclaimer: for the most part...)
The paper may start to curl or pull up as you are painting, so keep the iron on stand-by to iron down un-painted portions of your stencil that might spring up.
If you are feeling adventurous, try experimenting with different brushes and colors to create textures or gradients.
Step 5: Let your painting dry for a few hours for later application of additional coats.
If you are too excited to wait, carefully remove the stencil to reveal your awesome newly painted shirt.
Step 6: Allow the painting to dry for a couple of days before heat-setting.
To heat-set, throw the shirt into the dryer for about 10 minutes on the highest setting, or dry iron it for around 5 minutes. If you choose to iron, make sure to use a thin towel as a buffer between the painting and the iron.
For best results over time, give your painting time to cure for a couple weeks after it has been heat-set before its first wash.
Step 7: Look fabulous!