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« on: May 16, 2007 09:40:39 PM »

I made a stencil of what I wanted to put on a tshirt, but it ended up being too intricate to cut out and make it look right.  So I ended up just drawing the picture onto the shirt with a black pen.  I love how it looks and I don't even want to paint it anymore.  Is there any way to make this permanent?  One of you craftsters has got to know!  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2007 09:43:36 PM »

I suppose that you could heat-set it, depending on the type of ink you used...
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2007 06:00:14 AM »

Maybe pelikan india ink?
Its bottle ink for fancy pens. So you can get your same pen effect going. I used them in art class a few years back, its hard to get off hands, maybe the same is true for clothes?
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2007 07:11:52 AM »

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I suppose that you could heat-set it, depending on the type of ink you used...

It's just normal ol black pen, nothing special, cheap if anything. 

Would a fine-point sharpie work?  I've seen lots of people use sharpies here but I've never tried it.  I suppose it wouldn't look as 'drawn' as it is, but it's far better than busting out my paints and attempting to trace all my fine lines with a brush (that'll never look right!).  Is there a way to seal that or is that just permanent? 
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2007 09:07:25 AM »

I think to heat-set it (works with sharpie as far as I understand) you put paper or another layer of fabric over the ink and then iron it.

As you can see I am working on pure theory here.
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2007 03:12:17 PM »

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I suppose that you could heat-set it, depending on the type of ink you used...

It's just normal ol black pen, nothing special, cheap if anything. 

Would a fine-point sharpie work?  I've seen lots of people use sharpies here but I've never tried it.  I suppose it wouldn't look as 'drawn' as it is, but it's far better than busting out my paints and attempting to trace all my fine lines with a brush (that'll never look right!).  Is there a way to seal that or is that just permanent? 

sharpie tends to bleed a bit on fabric, much moreso than a regular ballpoint pen. Also, with a lot of wear, sharpies will fade away. if you know what type of pen it was, you might be able to go to the store and see if that type has waterproof ink. (it varies by brand)
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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2007 04:35:31 PM »

doh!  waterproof ink... I never even thought of that!  thanks! 

on a side note... why is it that when I accidentally write on myself it doesn't come out, but when I want it to stay on the shirt, it washes away?  oh the way the world works...
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2007 11:08:28 PM »

I used a Sharpie (which is supposed to be waterproof) to draw on a shirt and it bled like all get-out and ruined a few other things that were in the wash with it.

If you're not sure about the waterproof-ness of your pens/markers, it might be a good idea to handwash them seperately from your other clothes!
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2007 11:41:39 PM »

I would test any markers or pens on another piece of fabric first. Wash it, see if it runs, etc. you don't want to ruin your shirt and your drawing seeing if it works or not.
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2007 04:15:21 AM »

id say to just trace over what youve done with a fabric pen?
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