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Easy Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Basketball Canvas Sign

Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Basketball

If you love screen printing but hate to mess with all of the chemicals to make your stencils, this easy Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Basketball is for you! The Ikonart custom stencil kit has revolutionized screen printing by allowing you to make custom stencils without the hassle of the traditional method. Using the included stencil films, exposure light, and a custom printed design you can make reusable stencils in just a few minutes. This revolutionary kit makes DIY screen printing shirts, tea towels, wood signs, home decor, holiday decor, pillow covers, tote bags, and other project ideas easier than ever before. In today’s post, we’re sharing how to make an Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Basketball using Ikonart stencils. 

What is the Ikonart Stencil Kit? 

The Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit is a system that allows you to make reusable silkscreen stencils with custom designs. The kit typically features a light exposure stand, stencil films, and a special printer film that you can use to print your designs before exposing them to light to develop the stencil.

When you combine printed designs with silkscreen stencil film and exposure light, you can make custom stencils to use for screen printing on various flat surfaces such as fabric, wood, metal, and glass. I’ve been making screen printed craft projects for years, and the Ikonart custom stencil maker is hands down the easiest way to create reusable stencils at home! This revolutionary kit is the perfect choice for beginners just getting started with screen printing to seasoned crafters who want to make intricate designs.

How do you use the Ikonart Stencil Kit?

If this is your first time using the revolutionary Ikonart custom stencil making kit, you’ll want to check out my beginners’ guide on how to set up and use an Ikonart kit. You’ll learn all about the Ikonart stencil glaze, printer settings, and exposure times needed to make a good stencil. You can also join an Ikonart crafters Facebook group or visit their YouTube channel to get help with printer setting recommendations and watch demo videos. One important thing to note is that the kit comes with purple stencils and blue stencils for different purposes. We’re using the new purple film in this tutorial.

What’s the difference between the new purple stencil film and blue stencil film?

The Ikonart Custom Stencil Making Kit recently introduced a new purple stencil film, which differs from the original blue stencil film in several key aspects. The purple stencil film, often referred to as the Ikonart Textile Film, is designed specifically for use on textiles. It features a more aggressive adhesive, which is excellent for creating stickier stencils that adhere better to fabric surfaces. This allows for finer details in designs and reduces the likelihood of paint bleeding under the stencil, making it ideal for projects involving intricate patterns and textile add-on bundles.

On the other hand, the original Ikonart Stencil Film, typically blue, is more versatile and can be used on a variety of surfaces, not just textiles. It does not have as aggressive an adhesive as the purple film, making it better suited for general crafts or less detailed images.

What you’ll need to make an Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Basketball

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  • Purple Ikonart Screen Stencils w/ Backboard/Basketball Design (Click here to learn how to make a stencil)
  • Squeegee
  • Different Colors of Acrylic Paints
  • Canvas 
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Paper Towels or Wipes
  • Table Covering
  • Sink/Water

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How to make a Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Basketball

1. Peel the clear backing from the screen stencil. Place your backboard screen stencil in the center of your canvas. Use your hands to push down the stencil. 

Place the backboard stencil in the corner of your canvas

2. Shake your black paint for thirty seconds. Using your popsicle stick, add a small amount of black paint above the backboard and below the backboard.

Add a small amount of black paint above and below your stencil

3. Using your squeegee, apply pressure and drag the paint straight down and up.

Spread the paint over the stencil with the squeegee

4. Wipe off your squeegee with a paper towel. 

5. Use the “peel and peek” technique by lifting a corner of your screen stencil. If there is enough paint and you are happy with how it looks, you can remove the stencil. If you think it might need more paint, add more and repeat the screen printing process. Be gentle and try not to move your stencil around too much while checking on your design.

Peel back the stencil to reveal your design

6. Once the first backboard has been added, place the stencil down on another spot and repeat. Repeat until you are happy with how many backboards you have added.

Repeat the process until your background is finished

7. Once you finish the last backboard, remove the screen stencil and wash immediately using warm water (not hot). The stencil can be re-used several times if you wash it gently. Once dry, place the clear backing back onto the screen stencil. Let dry completely.

8. Once the paint is dry, you can add your large basketball screen. 

Place your large basketball stencil in the middle of your canvas

9. Shake your orange paint for thirty seconds. Using your Popsicle stick, add a small amount of the orange paint above the basketball and below the basketball.

Add a small amount of orange paint above and below the stencil

10. Using your squeegee, apply pressure and drag the paint straight down and up.

Spread the paint over the stencil with the squeegee

11. Use the “peel and peek” technique again by lifting a corner of your screen stencil. If there is enough paint and you are happy with how it looks, you can remove the stencil. If you think it might need more paint, add more and repeat the screen printing process. Be gentle and try not to move your stencil around too much while checking on your design.

Carefully peel back the stencil to reveal your design

12. Once dry, enjoy your new handmade piece of artwork!

Finished Iknoart stencil project

How to customize this easy Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Basketball

There are so many different ways you can customize this Ikonart stencil project. Ikonart smart screen stencils work on various types of smooth surfaces. Here are a few other project ideas you can make with this basketball design:

  • Custom backpacks for students
  • Custom mugs as a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift
  • Metal sign for home decor
  • Decorative throw pillows

FAQs about Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Basketball

How do I start my first Ikonart project?

It’s super easy! Follow these simple steps: print your design using either an inkjet printer film or laser printer film, expose it for 2-3 minutes, and you’re ready to create. Whether it’s for school projects or unique gifts, you’ll love seeing your good artwork come to life!

Can I use the Ikonart kit for fabric projects?

Absolutely! Just use our ikonart textile film and follow the ink selection guide to ensure you’re using the right materials. The self-adhesive stencils stick well and are perfect for customizing everything from t-shirts to tote bags.

Can I use the Ikonart kit for glass etching?

Yes! The ikonart works with glass etching gel. Etchall etching crème works best. Be sure to rinse your stencil film immediately after use. Take note that the etching cream seems to break down the emulsion faster on the reusable silk screen stencils.

Where can I find inspiration for my designs?

Check out the Ikonart Design Shop for a variety of ways to get inspired. Whether you’re looking to create a favorite quote on a cutting board or glitter paint decorations, there’s something for everyone.