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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / handpainted shirt with a super cute, super emo giraffe!!!!! on: May 30, 2008 05:06:19 PM
Depressingly, I haven't had any time to craft so this is my first shirt in a long time, but I'm pretty stoked about how it turned out.

I'm pretty in love with this giraffe.  I doodled him up one day in calculus and he won my heart.
I like to think that he is a pretty big Weezer and Sunny Day Real Estate fan.
I love his little chucks. They took a long time, because I miscalculated and they ended up right on the seam, but I thought they turned out pretty well regardless.

I explained how I make these in a previous post, but I changed a little with my technique.
I still use liquitex basic as my paint, but to lay down my initial white base coat, I mixed one part paint to two parts water to completely cover the base and then, while this was still wet, covered the area with undiluted white paint.  The paint goes on so smoothly with little tug against the fabric and covers evenly without creating a layer too thick and prone to cracking.
The base layer must be done all at once and all in once piece!! This is key or you will get cracks when you put it in the wash.
After the base layer is done, its just like painting on canvas. You have to be sure to work quickly though, because paint on paint dries really fast and to get a smooth lay down it needs to be done all at once.
Try and keep the paint down to only a few layers because the thicker the paint, the more prone to cracks it is ... and then make sure to heat set with an iron on LOW with a thin towel covering the paint.  This helps with durability, but if you iron is too hot you will melt the paint!! >.<

now for some action shots.... BAM

I would like for this picture to serve as proof that I don't wash my mirror and the giraffe might have been a self portrait.

My legs make me laugh here. This is apparently my picture taking stance.... but notice how we match. n__n

Enough of my nerdiness.
Expect several more shirts painted on those black hoodie things in the next week, because I have a billion and I am trying to use them all.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hand painted shirt -- SHEEEEEEP!!!!! ^-^ on: December 06, 2007 03:47:25 PM
Hello everyone =]
I've painted another shirt with quite possibly the most adorable animal in the world: sheep!!

the unattractive bulge in my stomach is because my shirts underneath were wrinkled, i promise. please dont assume that i am shaped like that. XD

Since there was interest last time about how exactly I was making these shirts, I thought I would include a little bit more detail.  I am using Liquitex "basics" paint, which is pretty much the lowest grade of Liquitex acrylic you can buy.  I've had the best luck with this kind of acrylic... I've found that it has the perfect consistency.  I've bought specially formulated "fabric acrylic" that is much thinner and easier to manipulate, but the clothes I made with it hardly lasted a month before it was cracking horribly and pealing off.  I've also tried very thin [and cheap! ] "craft acrylic" but not only is it difficult to blend pretty colors with low grade paint, it also doesn't last long on clothes.  I've done some cute jeans with Walmart craft acrylic but they look really worn now because of the paint flaking off... So yeah, I would love to know if anyone has had success with other brands of acrylic =]

The key to making designs that don't crack is applying the thinest layer as possible.  I start with a VERY thin layer of white or yellow as a base -- very very thin, I work it into the fabric as thin as it will go and then, because I am impatient, I speed up the drying process with a hair drier.  Then, I do all of the coloring and shading of the design on top of the base, preferably all at once.  Paint on paint dries VERY fast so you need to work quickly or else you will end up needing a new layer entirely to have a smooth shading.  Finally, I do the black outline.  I usually water the black paint down significantly and glide the brush over where the design meets the shirt.  I heat set with an iron on low, [please protect your new shirt!! acrylic melts!!!!] and then I am done!! =]  Please let me know if you have luck with this!!   
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hand painted shirts! Dinosaur, elephant, toadstool =] on: December 01, 2007 10:14:05 AM
I painted the designs on these shirts with Liquitex basic =]

Dinostar Hoodie

Elephant Top

Toadstool Top

note: my boyfriend would prefer i crop the head off  Cheesy

I've really gotten into painting shirts and jeans lately, and I was hoping for some feedback from my fellow craft loving community =]
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