Wearable Art with Stencils

Instructor: April Sproule


Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arts Center

Members of Gualala Arts & PPQG $65; Members of Gualala Arts or PPQG $75; Non-members $85

See also: April 13: Fabric Painting with Stencils. Cost for BOTH workshops: April 13 & 14: Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $100; Members of Gualala Arts or PPQG: $110; Non-members: $120.

Register by March 24, 2016. After that, check availability.
Materials Fee: $20.
Download: Wearable Art with Stencils materials list

Note: While it is not mandatory to take both classes, you will gain valuable insight into the process by attending both days. There is a $20 materials fee that covers all paints and supplies, but you will only need to pay this fee for one day, not both. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at: april@sproulestudios.com or (707) 725-9124.

Please check out the Stencil Gallery on the instructor’s website to see examples: www.sproulestudios.com.


Beginning with a new or gently used garment, the participants in this workshop will create a one-of-a-kind wearable art piece using the Textile Design Stencils. The process of upcycling, or repurposing garments, is a perfect way to transform a boring garment into a fun and unique piece of wearable art. This experience can be extremely rewarding and gratifying.

T-shirts, tunics, skirts, tote bags, or whatever else you would like to use are all suitable projects. Unlined garments are generally easier to work with, and I often combine one or more garments.

Clothing does not have to be taken apart and resewn unless desired, but if you want to work on a piece that is under construction, feel free to do so. No prior experience with garment construction, painting, or drawing is required. Some hand embellishment will be covered if time permits.

Workshop Outline


  • Basic stenciling techniques
  • Color mixing
  • Image placement: borders, allover designs, central motifs


  • Layering and shading
  • Painting your own projects
  • Hand embellishment, if time allows

April Sproule

About the instructor

April Sproule is an artist who loves to work with textiles. With a strong background in design, sewing and quilting, she has been a full-time, award-winning studio artist at Sproule Studios for many years.

In her workshops, she has a knack for making even the most difficult tasks seem simple as she leads students through a progression of techniques for painting and embellishing textiles. She shares her personal treasure trove of sewing and design skills while strongly encouraging participants to develop their own unique creative style. Through her exuberant and supportive teaching style, your sewing repertoire will be elevated to a new level.

Her work can be seen at: www.sproulestudios.com, and www.sproulestudios.blogspot.com

Tunic, flat