The first step is to dampen the fabric. I did this by brushing on water with a paintbrush. This will allow the paint to flow smoothly and evenly onto the fabric.
Next, make a thin wash by mixing the acrylic paint with water. The more water you add, the lighter the wash will be.
I wanted my next layer of color to be a shade darker, so I added a touch of black to my green paint - just a touch! Now I am ready to begin laying my stencil or template and begin adding another layer of color - still very thin and watery.
Now we are ready to lay our stencil and begin painting around it. The brush shouldn't be dripping wet or it will run underneath the edges of the stencil. Press the brush against the edge of your container to get most of the watery paint mixture out and if necessary, blot it on some paper towels. Here we go....