When my nephew was nearing two, he loved The Tick! He would walk around yelling "spoon!". So somehow I wanted to make him a tick themed shirt. I did some research and found that I liked the bleach look. It looked vintagy and cool but playing around with didn't yield the results I was looking for. That's when I found discharge paste! And I love it! I've made numerous shirts now and still have majority of it left. It takes so little to create something amazing! To make my shirts I make a stencil. I print off whatever design I want, trace it onto a plastic stencil sheet and then use my hot stencil cutter to cut out the design. I use either a spray adhesive or stencil adhesive to attach it to the shirt. I dab on the paste with a stencil brush, peel off the stencil (and all the crazy little pieces) and then iron! Done! Its recommended to wash the shirt before wearing. Now for lots and lots and LOTS of pictures! Yay!
The Seattle skyline for my homesick cousin.
The Seattle Space Needle for above mentioned cousin.
A shirt my husband requested for some inside joke. Yeah, he's a little weird. But weird in a completely awesome way.
Another Seattle themed shirt, this time of Pike's Place Market. Totally awesome place to be and one of my favorite places in Seattle.
Murloc! Ack! *attemps murloc noise and fails*
A little Twilight love for my best friend. Yeah, we are one of those.
This one is hard to read. Its so strange that the writing turned out green. The only thing I can think of is that the shirt was a cotton/poly blend. The discharge paste recommends that you use 100% cotton and for the most part I follow that rule. I didn't realize that this one wasn't and thus the strange outcome. I've used shirts from JoAnn's that are a 90% cotton, 10% polyester with great results. The designs always come out really clear and pretty white! The 100% cottons ones can look a lot yellower.
"Shake and Bake! That Just Happened!" from Talladega Nights (the movie). I got the design online.
A Baby Mario sweatshirt for my nephew when he was 3. I tell you, it is hard to find plain dark colored shirts for toddlers/babies. The best place I've found so far is the Children's Place.
Kung-Fu Panda for my nephew.
"The Tick" shirts!
I've made some others but I must not have taken pictures of them. Moment of insanity? I guess so! Thanks for looking!