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Easy Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Love Canvas Sign
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Easy Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Love Canvas Sign

Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Love Canvas

If you love screen printing but hate to mess with all of the chemicals to make your stencils, this easy Ikonart stencil project is for you! The Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Love Canvas 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 Love Canvas sign 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 Love Canvas

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  • Blue Ikonart Screen Stencils w/ Lips & LOVE Designs (Click here to learn how to make a stencil)
  • Squeegee
  • Different Colors of Acrylic Paints
  • Canvas 
  • Wooden square
  • Mod Podge
  • Paper Towels or Wipes
  • Table Covering
  • Sink/Water

Not sure which paint to use? Check out this post on the best acrylic paints for 2024!

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How to make an Ikonart Stencil Project Custom Love Canvas 

1. Remove the clear backing from your lip stencil and place it onto the top left of your canvas. Using your foam brush, apply the pink paint by dabbing the stencil with light pressure. You can also use a squeegee to apply the paint. Slowly peel the stencil to be sure the paint has been applied to the canvas.

Place the lips stencil in the corner of your canvas and dab with pink paint

2. Lift your mesh stencil and re-apply to another location on your canvas. You do not need to clean the stencil in between applications. Add lips to the background until you are happy with the way the background looks.

Continue adding lips to the background until you’re happy with it

3. As soon as you have completed your background, wash your mesh stencil thoroughly. You can re-use the stencil as long as you have cleaned it. Let the background dry and then replace the clear backing.

5. Once the background is dry, create the LOVE by adding your LOVE stencil. Remove the clear backing from your stencil and place it onto the middle of the canvas. 

Place your LOVE stencil in the middle of the canvas

7. Dip your foam brush into the black paint. Dab straight up and down onto the canvas over and over again. It is ok if the paint gets on the stencil since you will be removing the stencil later on. You can also apply the paint with a squeegee for this step.

Paint your LOVE stencil black, or the color of your choice

8. Let the paint dry completely. If you would like to add another layer of paint, do so when the paint is completely dry. Once paint is completely dry, slowly peel the LOVE stencil off of the canvas. Touch up any areas with paint that may need to be fixed. If you do touch up any areas, be sure to let the paint dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Finished Ikonart stencil project

9. Hang up your wall art!

How to customize this easy Ikonart stencil project

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 “Art Lover” design:

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

FAQs about the Ikonart Custom Stencil Kit

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.