Stenciled Pencil Skirt tutorial – with Martha Stewart paints/tools

About a week ago I received a box full of paints and tools from the new Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint line exclusively by Plaid Crafts. Martha has done it yet again!

These paints are formulated to work on all crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric. And with 160 paint colors in five finishes (Satin, High Gloss, Glitter, Pearl, Metallic), the skies the limit on what you can create!

She’s got tools for ALL sorts of projects and the smartest bottles, tips and applicators to make your project a success!  

I bought this skirt for $1.00 two years ago (or more) and have never worn it. I wasn’t completely in love with it then but thought I could make it work for a buck. Well – I am glad I hung on to this skirt. It was perfect for this project. I took it from plain to POW!!! At least I think so and I totally love it now!

Straight fitting skirt
Tintable fabric medium (Martha Stewart)
Satin Acrylic Craft paint (color of choice)
Stencil brush set (Martha Stewart)
Cathedral lace stencil set (Martha Stewart)
Cardboard or thick paper 
Step 1. Choose the lace pattern you like best from the stencil set (I chose the large and small lace doily looking stencils).  Put the cardboard or thick paper between the front and back layers of the skirt. This will keep any paint from seeping to the other side.

Step 2. Mix your Satin Acrylic paint with the fabric medium according to the proportions listed on the bottle.

Step 3. Place your stencil onto the skirt and tape into place. I placed mine near the bottom hem and placed it slightly off the edge to make the design tail off the hemline.

Step 4. Dab your stencil brush into your paint mixture and then dab off the extras. If you are unsure of the technique, the Martha Stewart stencils come with instructions for prepping your surface, planning your design, painting the stencil, clean up and additional ideas and techniques.

Step 5. With short, strong up and down motions, fill in your stencil with the paint mixture.

Step 6. Pull up the stencil and move to the next part of your skirt, retape and repeat the process. Add the smaller doily stencil in between the larger ones for a varied design. Extend the design around the sides and on the back of the skirt as well.

Step 7. Let dry for 24 hours and then heat seal as directed on the Fabric Medium bottle.

make a statement coming and going!

These products are exclusively available at Michaels stores in the US and Canada starting the last week of August so run out and snatch some up! If you create a skirt too, I’d love to see it! 
disclosure here.
I’ll be linking up my project HERE around the blog land this week!

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  1. Amazing difference! Imagine the possibilities when thrift shopping all sorts of fabric items and giving them new life. Plus, the option of working on so many other surfaces… metals and ceramics… WOW!! Opens up a whole world of fun. I will have to check these out!:)

  2. WOW-that is gorgeous!! Ooooo, i can’t imagine getting a box FULL of those goodies, what a lucky lady you are!

  3. Thanks Brenda!!! I am over the moon excited at the transformation!!!:)

    Chinamommy – it’s been WAAAAY to much fun!!

    thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. this is gorgeous!!!! love the slit, love the stencils!!!

  5. U are too adorable! And that skirt rocks! I just love the transformation! U inspire me to dig through my thrift store finds and see what I could do this to!!! Thx!!!

  6. THis is fabulous! I might just have to take a trip to Micheals now. My girls would love to paint their own clothes with different stencils. Heck, I want that skirt!!

  7. thanks naynay and angela! I hope you find some great items to transform! Be sure to send me a pic! 🙂

  8. Wow! You never stop amazing me with your talent and creativity! Go girl!

  9. Meg, this is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love it!!

  10. Could you be any cuter!! Woohoo! Love love love the skirt. I think I might have to try this technique on something.

  11. Just popping in from The Train to Crazy link up party today. I love the skirt. The idea of stenciling onto fabric opens up so many possibilities and provides me with endless inspiration, so thanks for this post! I see some projects with this coming up for me… 🙂

  12. OMG! I am in love with this skirt! What an original idea. I would have never thought to paint on a skirt!

  13. seriously???????

  14. ca-ute! only you could come up with the idea to stencil a skirt. Way to go girlie!! ps-totally jealous of your box of fun from Plaid Crafts..did I spy glitter? Lots and lots of glitter? If yes, the things that you can do with that stuff!

  15. Hi Megan-

    Wow – what a difference and what a great idea to paint a stencil pattern on a skirt. Love your ingenuity.

    My best- Diane

  16. What a lucky lady you are! This is gorgeous!

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  17. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [26 Aug 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  18. Gorgeous! I love the colors you chose. It makes the look very chic….and what a great skirt for a buck!!

  19. That’s beautiful!! I used that big sponge pouncer they sent to do a tank top I have but haven’t posted it yet. This is an awesome makeover!

  20. Wow and double-WOW! That is gorgeous. You’re such a stunning model as well. Beautiful project all around!

  21. This is awesome!!! I love that I could take this concept to dress up so many things.

  22. The skirt is awesome. I love this! I can’t wait to try it out.

    I am a new follower.

  23. The difference is amazing!!! From drab to fab!!

  24. Oh my goodness. I could not love this ANY more. It is amazing!!!! Lov, love, love it Meg!!!


  25. I {heart} everything about this skirt Megan! Awesome job!

  26. Um, pow! It is a show stopper! Love it, especially on a super cute girly like you!

  27. I love your results! And *wow* those paints are seriously versatile.

  28. Came over from funky junk. Super cute and you wear it so well! Great tutorial too.

  29. OK….I admit it, just a little jealous about all that fabulous stuff!!!! The skirt is GORGEOUS!!! In fact, the entire outfit is!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Wonderful!!!!

  30. Great job! Love it!

  31. that is absolutely amazing! i love it!! can i also ask how you were able to purchase a whole kit? i can’t find it anywhere..thanks!

  32. This turned out ALMOST as cute as you. Love it!

    Warmly, Michelle

  33. I can’t believe this!! Absolutely love it!!

  34. Oh my goodness! that is one fabulous skirt! What a difference you made!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  35. I love the idea of just taking control and making the fabric colors and designs we want!

  36. What a wonderful new skirt for FALL! Your skirt is fabulous!!!
    We would love to have you come link up to our Crafty Lassie Tuesday Link Party.
    We are also having a giveaway! Hope to see you there.
    Rose & Heather

  37. Super cool 🙂 Very beautiful. You used the stencils very smartly.

    We have a link-up party going on – Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you’d link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  38. So cute! Love it!!! 🙂

  39. Wow, wow, wow! What a difference. I’m definitely going to look into that tintable fabric medium. I think I could have a lot of fun with that~

  40. Great job! I love the transformation!

  41. I am so jealous! I want that paint set I would go painting crazy. I LOVE Martha and everything she does. Love the skirt, love the blog, love everything about it. Thanks for linking up!

  42. I don’t have much experience painting fabric but after seeing this I think I need to try it.

    If you have a minute I would love if you would enter my custom made Pinstripe skirt GIVEAWAY.

  43. Um, hello FABULOUS!

  44. WOW thats a great skirt!! Gotta make this!!

  45. Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun. This post has been featured on Kreative Korner. Feel free to grab the ‘Featured on Kreative Korner’ button from the side bar and to use it on your blog.

    The party for this week is going on… hope to see you there again 🙂

  46. You put together the CUTEST outfits Megan! 🙂 The stencils really made that skirt something extra fun! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!

  47. Great skirt, great gams. Love!

  48. This is absolutely FABULOUS!!! LOve, love, love it!!! I bet it felt like Christmas when you got that package in the mail! Awesome! Thanks so much for linking up! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
    Homemaker in Heels

  49. That looks amazing! Thanks so much for coming over and linking up!!!

    Jenny @ The Southern Institute

  50. So cool. I’ve got loads of stuff I don’t wear that could use this kind of spruce up! Would love to get such a fab bag of goodies to get creative with. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  51. Beautiful!!
    Thank you for linking up! Hope to see you next week!

    Chrissy @ ForMamas

  52. Totally amazing!

  53. WOW! What an amazing project with those tools. I love it!

  54. This is absolutely awesome! I plan to attempt this project soon!

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  55. I love this! I love to refashion and don’t often see something that I think “WOW” I have to do this. But I HAVE to DO THIS ONE!
    I was wondering what this skirt was made of and from your experience with this medium what type of fabric would I be best to use it on?
    So in my thrifting I can keep my eyeballs pealed


    • HI Kasey – thank YOU! this was just featured in a national magazine too! 🙂
      Not sure what the skirt is made from (no tag) but feels/looks like a poly blend. It’s a thicker never wrinkles type material. It worked great on this fabric and as long as I used a light amount the stencil worked great! I have tried it on a really thin material type skirt and it didn’t work as good 🙁 Plus I had to be careful on the amount of paint I had on my brush – bled more.

      good luck! if you try it please send me a pic! 😉

  56. I have several t-shirts in my refash stash that I’ve been wanting to add some “oomph” to without blinging them out too much. This is a great idea. Also I have to say that the slit with the lining showing is genius! Sexy without really showing anything.

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