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.